CDC Investigation Confirms that Chinese Drywall Is Harmful
For decades, defective Chinese drywall has sickened people in 33 states, including South Carolina and many other southern states. Now, an investigation from the Centers for Disease Control confirms what residents already know – Chinese drywall has serious side effects.
In a report released in early May, terms a “consultation” by the CDC, the agency looked at 20,000 homes with Chinese drywall across the country, and found a correlation between the building material and nosebleeds, headaches, difficulty breathing, and asthma attacks in tens of thousands of Americans that are exposed to it on a regular basis.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently revised remediation guidelines in March 2013, and the agency advises anyone who thinks they may have Chinese drywall in their home to read the revisions.
The CPSC also says that Chinese drywall should be removed from the home as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the estimated cost of replacing Chinese drywall in a home is around $100,000.
The CDC report is the first full federal report that admits that the problem is on a very large scale. Although the federal agency said that it will not conduct a long-term health study, the agency agreed with the CPSC that Chinese drywall should be removed from the home. Chinese drywall was imported to the US mainly between 2004 and 2008, and emits foul-smelling sulfur compounds that can negatively impact those that live around the substances and are consistently exposed to it.
“The bottom line is that this modeling data suggests that levels of hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds found in the Chinese manufactured drywall were sufficiently high to result in the health effects people have been reporting,” said Vikas Kapil, chief medical officer with the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chinese Drywall Personal Injury Cases
If you notice any of the following indications existing in your home you need to contact our Chinese drywall attorney to determine if your home contains defective Chinese drywall and to ensure that your rights are protected:
• An unpleasant sulfur based or rotten egg like odor;
• Electrical problems including corrosion or blackening of electrical wires behind your light switches and wall switches;
• You have had to replace A/C systems or components;
• Your air conditioner, computer wiring, and metal items such as frames corrode, including your external copper line;
• Discloration of wood furniture;
• You have experienced upper respiratory problems, including nose bleeds, a rash, headaches, dizzy spells, or insomnia and your symptoms decrease and/or disappear when you leave your home.
In fact, lawsuits have already been filed by several homeowners against Knauf Gips KG and three of its Chinese units, Knauf Plasterboard (Wuhu), Knauf Plasterboard (Dongguan) and Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin). These lawsuits seek to hold these companies accountable and to obtain reimbursement costs incurred in replacing defective drywall.
The Strom Law Firm Continues to Investigate Personal Injury Due to Chinese Drywall
The Strom Law Firm, LLC is investigating potential Chinese Drywall lawsuits against the companies, builders, and manufacturers responsible for installing Defective Chinese Drywall in your home throughout the South East and Nationwide. If you suffer nosebleeds, upper respiratory infections, or headaches, you may have Chinese drywall in your home, and you may be entitled to compensation for home repairs and medical bills. Contact the attorneys at the Strom Law Firm today for a free consultation regarding your case.803.252.4800