Some Providers Poisoning Families by Selling Unsafe Laminate Flooring
"[E]very single sample of Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators failed to meet California formaldehyde emissions standards. Many by a large margin." This quote is from a 60 Minutes segment that originally aired on March 1 ("Lumber Liquidators Linked to Health and Safety Violations").
The quote references California, but Lumber Liquidators operates nationwide. It is very likely that thousands of Texas homeowners have Chinese-made laminate flooring in their homes, which could pose a serious health issue.
But the problem isn't limited to Lumber Liquidators. Our firm recently filed suit against another provider of Chinese-made laminate flooring. This flooring poisoned a family of four due to excess formaldehyde emissions.
How Can Formaldehyde Make You Sick?
As the 60 Minutes segment explains, formaldehyde is a chemical known for causing cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute's formaldehyde fact sheet, formaldehyde is generally present at low levels (as it is commonly used in building materials). But at higher levels it may cause a variety of ill effects, including coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritation. Studies have shown that longer-term exposure to formaldehyde may increase the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
What Appears To Be Wrong With The Laminate Flooring?
It comes down to the levels of formaldehyde in the glue that binds the flooring. Normally, a certain amount of formaldehyde is to be expected. It becomes trapped inside the pressed wood product. Despite the fact that some formaldehyde does escape into the air, low levels wouldn't cause health problems. But, with laminate flooring containing very high levels, it certainly could.
This appears to be the case with the type of (cheaper) flooring product sourced by Lumber Liquidators and others. Based on tests conducted by 60 Minutes investigators, Lumber Liquidators' formaldehyde levels are off the charts. And it so happens that this type of product is much cheaper to source, which could be why Lumber Liquidators recently managed to double its profit margin in the span of just two years.
Contact Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP Today at 214-736-7092
Here's the problem: If you have this type of laminate flooring in your home, you'll want to remove it and replace it with an alternative form of flooring that actually passes safety standards. If you're a homeowner and suspect that your flooring might be producing excess formaldehyde emissions, call the Dallas lawyers of Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP today at 214-736-7092 for a free consultation.