Written by attorney Vincent Joseph Pravato

Tampa "Off-Gassing:” How Spray Foam Insulation Can Ruin Your Health

Off-gassing is a term used to describe the toxic and poisonous fumes that can be emitted from spray foam insulation, resulting in serious health problems. When this happens, it can lead to a lifetime of medical complications.

If you had spray foam installed in your home or were otherwise exposed to it and are now suffering serious illness or injuries, it would be in your best interest to seek legal counsel. Contact a Tampa spray foam lawyer to learn if you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries.

Ways Off-Gassing Can Occur with Spray Foam Insulation

There are a number of ways that off-gassing can happen. In order to prevent this from occurring, special protective equipment and clothing must be used. Despite this, there is still the risk of exposure.

Here are some of the more common ways that off-gassing from spray foam insulation can occur:

  • aerosols;
  • vapors;
  • dust;
  • fires; and
  • heat-generating processes.

In addition, the process of curing can also cause off-gassing. Curing is the reaction that produces polyurethane foam. It can take as long as 72 hours for the foam to fully cure.

During this time, the chemicals can still be dangerous and be released into the air. Additionally, direct contact with the skin can cause problems. Another potential danger appears when the foam is trimmed or cut before it has properly cured.

The risk of being exposed to the toxic chemicals is higher. With the prevalence of spray foam dangers, it is a good idea to hire a Tampa spray foam attorney even if you only think you may have been exposed.

Deciding when it is safe to reenter the areas where spray foam was installed can be tricky. There may be other variables, such as the humidity level and temperature that can impact the curing process.

Most individuals don’t have a way of testing the indoor air so it can be a gamble when deciding if it is safe to return. Off-gassing can continue for an extended period of time and you may not even be aware of it.

Of course, long-term exposure to spray foam (especially to those who work with it) can be significantly dangerous. Off-gassing is more likely to cause serious health problems for these workers.

Health Issues from Off-Gassing of Spray Foam Insulation

Many of the health issues that can develop from exposure to the chemicals in spray foam are long-term. In fact, it can impact the rest of an individual’s life.

Some of the more common health issues that can develop from off-gassing of spray foam insulation include lung damage, skin and eye irritations, allergic reactions, asthma and death.

There are other respiratory difficulties that can be experienced from exposure to spray foam chemicals. This can lead to permanent disability and a reduced quality of life.

As a result of your health issues, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages could be available which address your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses.

To learn if you qualify to file a claim, contact a Tampa spray foam lawyer as soon as possible at (800) 428-3476. They will evaluate the details of your situation to determine if you have a legitimate case.

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