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Breathing In Fiberglass from Zinus Mattresses Can Aggravate Asthma and Bronchitis

Posted on 23rd December, 2021

by Legal Staff

If you struggle with asthma or bronchitis, which are chronic health issues, exposure to the fiberglass in Zinus mattresses can worsen your symptoms to a great extent.

For this reason, if your condition was aggravated by using a Zinus mattress, you should reach out to our team to check your eligibility to file a claim with the company.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition in which the sufferer experiences shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing that worsens in the morning and night. In contrast, bronchitis is also a chronic respiratory condition that causes the patient to experience chest discomfort, a persistent cough, wheezing, and coughing up mucus.

Both conditions can be aggravated by exposure to irritants, including the fiberglass in Zinus mattresses. Fiberglass is added to the inner layer of these mattresses to fireproof the products. Still, the manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the dangers of removing the outer cover of the mattress and placed a zipper on it, indicating that it is okay to remove it for washing.

Moreover, if you have asthma or bronchitis, you may come to experience serious health complications, such as the permanent narrowing of the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs, respiratory failure, or pneumothorax, which is the collection of air in the lung that causes the lung to collapse. Consequently, exposure to fiberglass is hazardous for people with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis.

When a person breathes in fiberglass, the larger fibers may become trapped in the upper airway, while the smaller fibers may reach deep into the lungs. Some of the inhaled fibers are removed from the body through sneezing or coughing and the body's defense mechanisms. Still, a significant amount of fiberglass remains in the lungs, leading to serious health complications over time.

Although fiberglass is not carcinogenic, it can still cause severe respiratory problems. The following are only some of the serious respiratory problems people with asthma or chronic bronchitis may come to struggle with the following exposure to the fiberglass in their Zinus mattress:

  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • acute eosinophilic pneumonia
  • pulmonary sarcoidosis
  • small airway obstruction
  • granulomatous lymphadenitis
  • pleural mesothelioma

Although the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, recent studies found a possible connection between this aggressive malignant disease and exposure to fiberglass. Because the microscopic fibers of glass can travel through the bloodstream once they are inhaled and eventually reach the outer lining of the lungs, mesothelioma may develop over the years due to the inflammation and scarring of the pleura.

However, if you do not spend a lot of time in a room contaminated with fiberglass, the risk of developing mesothelioma is minimal. Therefore, if you have a Zinus mattress that released fiberglass in your house, you need to remove it as soon as possible and subsequently hire a team of professionals to clean up the damage.

How Exposure to Fiberglass from Zinus Mattresses Can Aggravate Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis

In the regrettable case that you had not been aware of the dangers of removing the outer cover of your Zinus mattress and ended up with your house contaminated, you may have noticed that your asthma or chronic bronchitis symptoms worsened following spending time in the room with fiberglass in the air. Once the outer cover of a Zinus mattress is removed for washing, the inner layer of the product is exposed. If it is disturbed by sitting or jumping on it, fibers of glass will inevitably come off, contaminating the entire room and, subsequently, your entire house.

Because they are microscopic and have rough edges, they can easily become embedded in the fabric covering furniture such as carpets, armchairs, and couches. You will unavoidably inhale a significant amount of fiberglass if you are unaware of the presence of this irritant, which will then cause a worsening of your symptoms, such as a more aggressive cough, frequent sneezing, and a sore throat. It is essential to seek medical attention as soon as you notice these symptoms, as you need to document your injury caused by your defective Zinus mattress if you want to join the lawsuit.

Atraxia Law Will Assist You with Filing a Zinus Claim

We are here to assist you in the process of determining whether you are entitled to financial compensation from Zinus if one of their mattresses injured you or wreaked havoc on your home. All you have to do to check your eligibility is to call us, describe your circumstances, answer our questions, and send us evidence of you owning a Zinus mattress.

After our experts assess your care, you will know for sure whether you qualify for compensation from the liable company. If you do, we will quickly put you in touch with a specialized attorney to recover the money you are entitled to. They will help you proceed with the legal process and take care of the most complex aspects on your behalf.