Chinese Drywall

Drywall imported from China in 2004-2006 has been found to contain significant amounts of sulfur and sulfur related compounds. Many believe that humidity causes the sulfur in the drywall to out gas (i.e., migrate into the indoor air) which not only creates a noxious odor, but corrodes copper, such as evaporator coils and tubing, which can ultimately cause your air conditioner to fail. Chinese drywall may also corrode your copper plumbing, copper electrical wiring, and copper water lines. Metals such as chrome, brass and silver may also be affected. Bathroom and kitchen faucets and drains are typically tarnished in homes with Chinese drywall. Homeowners have also been reporting physical ailments, including coughing, irritated eyes, sneezing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, runny nose, bloody nose, and headaches after being exposed to Chinese drywall. If you or someone you love has developed any of the above symptoms, or if you have noticed any of the above conditions in your home or business, you may be entitled to significant compensation.

 

 

CHINESE DRYWALL-RELATED DEATHS

 

 

Complaints of drywall-related deaths to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), including the date the complaints were received by the federal agency. What follows is from the CPSC database, with minor editing for clarity. Venice, Fla. June 5, 2009 -- An 80-year-old man died due to progressing dementia and forgetfulness with several falls resulting in a fractured hip. Consumer stated that this may have (been) caused by Chinese drywall installed in the house. Kenner, La. July 22, 2009 -- A 59-year-old male suffered heart attack and passed away possibly due to the effect of Chinese drywall used in the house and bad odor emanating. CPSC follow-up investigation: Fifty-nine-year-old male lived in a home (renovated in 2006) until his death in 2008. The person who inherited the house suspected that the house might have Chinese drywall and, upon inspection, "Made in China" and "Knauf" was found stamped on drywall in the attic. Slidell, La. Sept. 21, 2009 -- Chinese drywall confirmed used in the home. An 80-year-old female experiencing headaches, sleepiness, stuffy nose and sinus infections. After living two weeks in the condo, husband started feeling ill, died later. Air conditioning had not worked well, replaced. Air-conditioning coils and sockets corroded. New Orleans. Sept. 30, 2009 -- Confirmed Chinese drywall in home. A/C coil replaced. Sulfur odor present. Ground wire corroded. Lights and microwave malfunctioned. Elderly female became ill with lung condition and died. There were unusual spots on lungs. Forty-five-year old female has dry cough and itchy eyes. Ocoee, Fla. Oct. 6, 2009 -- Chinese drywall confirmed used in the home. Strong odor. A 59-year-old male suffered heart attack while living in the house and passed away. A 58-year-old male had nosebleeds and headaches. Air-conditioning fan motor noisy, electric switches blackened, TV malfunctioned, etc. Port Charlotte, Fla. Oct. 14, 2009 -- Male and female, both age 72, suffered nosebleeds and coughing due to Chinese drywall in home. Seventy-two-year-old man was later diagnosed with bladder cancer and passed away. Condenser coils in air conditioner corroded, along with electrical wires in outlets. San Antonio, Fla. Dec. 11, 2009 -- Chinese drywall confirmed used in the home. A 74-year-old female died with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Fifty-four-year-old female and 62-year-old male experiencing headaches, coughing, allergy, eye irritation, etc. Air-conditioning coil, electric wiring, plumbing faucet fixture, silver items, etc. corroded. Lights and appliances malfunction. Greenwell Springs, La. Dec. 16, 2009 -- Chinese drywall confirmed used in the home. An 86-year-old female died and 40-, 8- and 2-year-old males and 38- and 11-year-old females experiencing headaches and colds/sinus problems. Air conditioning repaired, coil replaced, coolant added. Various fixtures corroded. Alarm system malfunctions. CPSC follow-up investigation in St. Rose, La. Aug. 19, 2009 -- A 56-year-old female reports lights going out, televisions malfunctioning, her refrigerator malfunctioning and smoke alarms and co-alarms going off for no apparent reason after her home was renovated in 2006. Her 9-year-old grandson died of an asthma attack last year, after his asthma symptoms worsened after the home was remodeled. Her brother, who lives with her, was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. She reports smelling gas, mildew or wet wood in parts of the house. She believes that these problems are caused by Chinese drywall installed in her house in 2006.

 

 

CHINESE DRYWALL LITIGATION

 

 

No home should be contaminated with Chinese drywall. Litigation, however, involving experienced lawyers who know personal injury law, is an effective means for rectifying this difficult situation. It may be essential, given the costs involved in fixing it. Chinese drywall litigationdid not exist five years ago because the problem was only beginning to surface at that time. Since 2004, an estimated 100,000 residences (homes, apartments, condominiums) were constructed during a period when demand for American drywall was beyond what domestic manufacturers could produce. American distributors looked to China to fill the demand. But something happened in manufacturing or shipping that brought a product unlike that made in America. Who is responsible for the tainted drywall? Is litigation likely facing them? Consider the number of parties and the legal complexity involved:

 

  • Chinese manufacturers. While these firms are the likely source of problems associated with drywall, litigation with firms in China historically has failed to produce settlements for plaintiffs.

  • Shipping companies. If the problems can be tied to the shipping process, there may be reason to pursue drywall litigation with shippers. But no such evidence currently exists.

  • Building supply companies. More likely, the companies that imported and sold drywall to homebuilders will be held liable for the products they sold.

  • Homebuilders. Developers and construction companies whose enterprise chose to use drywall from China are also likely targets for litigation.

  • Your home insurance company. Some homeowner insurance companies have argued that damage to property and health are due to environmental contamination, and that their policies do not cover that category. But the sulfuric gases are from the home itself, reason those firms may be found liable.

 

Pursue remediation through Chinese drywall litigation

 

Clearly, with such complicated scenarios it is up to the homeowner to pursue remediation of the property. And the costs will not be small. Consider first the property damage, which at the very least involves a complete replacement of all drywall. There is some indication that because gases given off the tainted wallboard are absorbed by other parts of the house, those components may need to be replaced. This includes all wiring, copper piping, air conditioning units and other parts of the structure. Under some circumstances, the home may need to be demolished. Human health is perhaps an even bigger concern. Children, the elderly and household pets seem most sensitive to respiratory ailments, nausea, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes and other short-term conditions. The longer-term effects are equally distressing; however specific maladies are not yet fully tied to the tainted wallboard. One research scientist has suggested that the several different types of sulfuric gases may combine to have an effect not yet understood.

 

Contact us for help.

 

An aggressive approach to litigation may be essential. The Ocean Springs, Mississippi, law firm of Luckey & Mullins has extensive experience in products liability and toxic mold, and is part of the Chinese Drywall Legal Network, a consortium of highly regarded law firms that work on the complex issues surrounding Chinese drywall litigation. For more information, contact us at 228-875-3175.

 

CHINESE DRYWALL LAWSUIT

 

It makes sense to contact a Mississippi lawyer regarding the Chinese drywall problem in your home, and the sooner the better. The problem may already affect your health, and it almost certainly will affect the value of your home. The appearance of Chinese drywall lawsuits dates back to 2004. That was when the building boom created a shortage of gypsum wallboard, so companies in China began shipping their product to the U.S. The need grew following the hurricanes of 2005, when rebuilding put additional pressure on wallboard supplies. Signs of possible Chinese drywall lawsuit cases first arose when construction crews noted the unpleasant odor and upper respiratory problems. As the homes were completed and people moved in, the corrosion of metals—believed due to the off-gassing of sulfur dioxide, carbonyl sulfide and carbon disulfide—began to occur. A Chinese drywall lawsuitis necessary to address a serious problem. Here is why you need to protect yourself, the health of your family and the investment you have in your home:

 

  • Short-term health problems: Residents of the 100,000 homes believed to haveChinese drywall report upper respiratory difficulties, nosebleeds, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, sneezing and coughing. Household pets experience similar symptoms.

  • Potential long-term health problems: It is unknown what the long-term effects of this exposure may be. The Centers for Disease Control is investigating this issue.

  • Damage to metals, wires and pipes: Copper and other metals, particularly noted in air conditioner coils, corrode quickly in homes with Chinese drywall.

  • The unknown: The Wall Street Journal reported in 2009 on the conundrum for homeowners who may have no economic choice but to live in homes constructed with the tainted wallboard. A retired couple in Florida interviewed for the article asked, “If this is what it is doing to your copper, what is it doing to your body?”

 

Class action drywall lawsuits are almost certain to follow. But individuals with pronounced Chinese wallboard problems and costs are advised to pursue private litigation. Working with a law firm on an individual case gives more control to the homeowner, allows for more specific settlement terms and may move the case more quickly through the courts. Also, homeowner insurance policies are largely not expected to cover damages related to tainted wallboard. This is because construction-related problems are not included in the homeowner policy. The Chinese manufacturers themselves may be the most responsible, but the exact cause of the faulty product is uncertain and past litigation against Chinese manufacturers of other toxic products indicates a poor likelihood of success. Building product suppliers and homebuilders appear to be the most likely defendants in such cases. But the landscape is legally and financially complicated.

 

Contact us for help

 

If you decide to pursue a dry wall lawsuit contact the attorneys at Luckey & Mullins, an Ocean Springs, Mississippi, law firm with extensive experience in product liability and toxic mold. Luckey & Mullins is part of the Chinese Drywall Legal Network, a consortium of well-regarded law firms that work on the complex issues surrounding Chinese drywall litigation. For more information, contact us at 228-875-3175.

 

MISSISSIPPI CHINESE DRYWALL DAMAGES

 

Litigation in Chinese drywall damages cases is sure to increase, as personal injury law firms are hearing from more homeowners and renters about the myriad problems associated with the tainted product. If you are unfamiliar with the Chinese drywall damagesstory, here are the simple facts:

 

  • Due to a shortage of American-made drywall in 2004, homebuilders began to purchase - all over the U.S. and particularly in Mississippi - Chinese drywall. Damages noticed early on by some construction workers appeared to be associated with a foul odor emanating from the product.

  • Importation and use of the product continued through 2006, with more than 500 million pounds of Chinese drywall installed in as many as 100,000 residences all over the country.

  • Mississippi Chinese drywall damages are perhaps more pronounced because there was so much rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Nationwide demand overall for drywall was high, but post-storm reconstruction led to a concentration of the product here.

  • Homeowners and other residents first noticed a sulfuric (rotten eggs) odor, or something more like ammonia, when they moved into their homes using this type of wallboard.

  • Heat and humidity release the gases from the tainted drywall, affecting copper and other metal surfaces in a room. Damaged and dysfunctional air conditioners, copper plumbing, electronics, appliances and electrical wiring are commonly reported.

  • Residents are believed to suffer short- and long-term consequences. One of the toxins found in the Chinese wallboard is strontium sulfide, which Dr. Patricia Williams, a University of New Orleans toxicologist, says may be dangerous to growing children, affecting bone growth. Adults also may suffer adverse health effects including coughing, eye irritation, sneezing, sore throats, bloody noses, headaches and possibly damage to the nervous system, cardiovascular system, kidneys, liver and skin.

 

Long-term effects of Chinese drywall to human health have yet to be determined. But it may be the cause of substantial physical, emotional and financial hardship. Anyone facing this possibility is advised to speak with a qualified personal injury law firm to discuss options for recoveringChinese drywall damages.

 

Contact us for help

 

Luckey & Mullins is a Gulf Coast law firm based in Ocean Springs but with offices in Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. The firm has extensive experience in products liability and toxic mold and is part of the Chinese Drywall Legal Network, a consortium of highly regarded law firms that work on the complex issues surrounding Chinese drywall litigation. For more information, contact us at 228-875-3175.

 

MISSISSIPPI CHINESE DRYWALL LITIGATION

 

Mississippi Chinese drywall litigation is, by all reasonable thinking, more than using a law firm to get a large cash settlement. Mississippi drywall litigation is the homeowner conducting business just as the manufacturers, suppliers, homebuilders and their insurance companies did. They sought the best return on their dollar, and so should you. It was business decisions that led the homebuilder to construct your home with the best-priced materials they could find. It was the supply company that, when faced with a shortage of domestic wallboard, found available inventory through Chinese manufacturers on which they could earn their markup. It was the Chinese manufacturers who may have cut corners in their manufacturing process so they could get a foothold in the American marketplace. And it was the insurance companies for each of these companies who sold policies to manage their risk. While we hope that no one planned to install defective product, that is what happened. Because you invested a great deal of personal assets in your home, you are due a product that performs as expected. Wallboard that off-gases damaging and unhealthful sulfuric compounds were not what you paid for. These facts are the basis for drywall litigation in Mississippi.

 

Drywall losses

 

To understand why as a homeowner in Mississippi, Chinese wallboard litigationis a sound business decision, consider your losses caused by the tainted product: Known health effects, where upper respiratory problems surface initially to residents, within days or weeks of moving into a property. The smell that resembles rotten eggs is immediately noticeable. Other reported symptoms are headache, fatigue, skin rash, eye irritation and nosebleeds.

 

  • Potential health effects, where researchers are looking into possible long-term medical problems that may arise from prolonged exposure to the mix of chemicals released by the defective wallboard.

  • Damage to property, as clearly seen in corroded copper and other metals in the home (including faucets and jewelry), in wiring and in air conditioner coils. Homeowners report frequent electrical outages and air conditioner malfunctioning in their homes.

  • What it might cost to fix the problem, because the complete replacement of walls may only be the beginning. Wiring, plumbing and air conditioning units probably need to be replaced. You would need alternative lodging while that work is done. Thus far, no bank is suspending mortgage payments due to unlivable conditions in homes in Mississippi with drywall litigation ongoing.

 

As should be clearly evident, you could suffer a large financial burden if costs related to each of these effects falls on your shoulders. There likely will be class action lawsuits filed against the parties responsible. However, that will be a prolonged process and the fair value of your claim will be subject to the terms of a much broader settlement. Legal representation at the earliest opportunity is strongly recommended as a smart financial move.

 

Contact us for help

 

The Ocean Springs, Mississippi, law firm of Luckey & Mullins has extensive experience in products liability and toxic mold, and is part of the Chinese Drywall Legal Network, a consortium of highly regarded law firms that work on the complex issues surrounding Chinese drywall litigation. For more information, contact us at 228-875-3175.

 

CHINESE DRYWALL COMPLAINT

 

The problems facing Mississippi homes with Chinese drywall suggest that a lawyer may be necessary to get your house fixed. The good news is the courts are working out how to make those responsible pay for the mess they created. The first Mississippi Chinese drywall complaintprobably surfaced when drywall installers received the product and began installing it in new homes in 2004. Reportedly, the Chinese drywall complaint first heard from drywall plasterers was that the product smelled like rotten eggs (sulfur off-gassing), and that it irritated nasal passages. But because of the housing boom at that time, exacerbated by the need to rebuild following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there simply wasn’t enough of a domestic supply of wallboard to satisfy demand. The Chinese drywall complaints did not stop the importing and implementation of the product, because it allowed builders to stay on schedule for construction. What is known is that the product gives off gases that include sulfur dioxide, carbon disulfide, hydrogen sulfide, strontium sulfide and carbonyl sulfide.

 

A wide range of worries

 

But the Chinese drywall complaintgoes far beyond nasal passage discomfort or damage to both human health and homes. There is plenty to worry about for any resident of these newly constructed or rebuilt homes in Mississippi. Chinese drywall complaint reports indicate some or all of the following affect homes containing the tainted wallboard:

 

  • Many noticeable human health symptoms: Upper respiratory problems, nosebleeds, severe headaches, skin rashes, eye irritation, chest pain, nausea, headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, poor memory, insomnia and dizziness.

  • Household pets also may react to Chinese drywall: Dogs and cats are reported to experience wet and dry coughs, sneezing, wheezing and other difficulties breathing.

  • Possible long-term effects: Currently, long-term health effects are unknown and unproven. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, is looking at individual off-gassed components as well as combinations to see if there is a compound effebooct.

  • Damage to metals: Copper pipes, electrical wires, wiring in air conditioners and appliances are visibly and functionally affected by the sulfuric gases coming off the defective drywall.

  • Dysfunction and danger: Appliances, lights, air conditioners and other electrical devices may be disabled due to corrosion of metals from the wallboard gases. In some cases the electrical charge has a greater tendency to arc from wire to wire, creating an electrical fire hazard.

 

To fix these problems may require removing all walls in the house, and possibly demolition of the building altogether. As lawsuits work their way through the courts, it will be determined who pays, be it the builder, suppliers or possibly (but not likely) the Chinese manufacturer.

 

Contact us for help

 

Engaging a lawyer early on is your best protection. The Ocean Springs, Mississippi, law firm of Luckey & Mullins has extensive experience in products liability and toxic mold and is part of the Chinese Drywall Legal Network, a consortium of highly regarded law firms that work on the complex issues surrounding Chinese drywall complaints. For more information, contact us at 228-875-3175.

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