Do you love your pets? Are your furry friends valuable members of your family? Of course, they are, because animals are wonderful. A pet owner’s job is to give their four-legged family members a safe place to live. However, sadly, many of our clients’ homes have been contaminated by fiberglass, which has affected their pets’ health.
Recently manufacturers have been using fiberglass as a component in mattresses because it makes a good fire retardant. This material can be hazardous to human and animal health, and sadly it has contaminated many consumers’ homes, due to what we believe to be design flaws in mattresses.
Fiberglass is small, almost invisible, pieces of glass. It might look like something sparkling is on all your possessions, including dog toys, cat scratchers, and all the soft places your furry family members sleep.
What are the health concerns?
Fiberglass can cause health problems for humans and animals.
For humans, common consequences can include:
- Rashes on skin
- Eye irritation
- Soreness of the nose and throat
- Stomach irritation
- Bronchitis and Asthma from long term exposure
For more information on fiberglass from Illinois state please click here.
If your home is contaminated with fiberglass, contact your doctor immediately.
What about my pets and fiberglass?
For pets, health problems can include:
- Skin Irritation
- Hair Loss (from scratching)
- Scabbing (from scratching)
- Gastrointestinal problems (if consumed)
Your vet might diagnose them with fiberglass dermatitis. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has come into contact with fiberglass.
What do I do about the Fiberglass?
As if the medical bills were not enough, it will not be safe for you and your family to return to your home until it has been thoroughly and thoroughly cleaned. Many of our clients have had to hire professional cleaners, replace their HVAC system, and throw out all soft belongings.
If your home becomes contaminated, keep records of all your expenses. Common expenses include things like,
- Medical bills
- Professional Cleaning
- Replacing Soft Items
- Upholstered furniture
- Carpets and Rugs
- Soft toys
- And More
- Replacing HVAC Systems
- Temporary Housing
- Vet Bills
- And More
This can be an emotional and difficult process, and sadly many of our clients have had their lives completely upended when their homes become contaminated.
What are my legal options?
If your mattress has contaminated your home with fiberglass, we at Cueto Law would like to help.
The most well-known mattress made with fiberglass is from Zinus, Inc. Cueto Law is currently engaged in settlement talks with Zinus. Click here to learn more.
However, at Cueto Law, we have received complaints from clients about mattresses from all different kinds of brands, not just Zinus.
Regardless of your mattress brand, we want to hear from you. Visit our website for more information and call our office at 618-277-1554 for a free consultation.