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Zinus Mattress Claim Eligibility for Injured Consumers

Since 2004, Zinus, Inc. has been manufacturing mattresses, which the company claims to infuse with natural ingredients such as green tea, olive oil, and charcoal to eliminate harmful phthalates, chemical flame retardants, and formaldehyde. However, to allegedly safeguard their consumers, the company includes fiberglass as a fire retardant in their mattresses, which is highly dangerous to the people who use their products.

Because multiple consumers have been injured by the fiberglass present in the mattresses, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Zinus, Inc. in the spring of 2020, which you can also join if you were injured by using the mattress of this company. Nevertheless, because you have to meet a series of requirements, our team of professionals will gladly help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim with the liable company.

Zinus Inc. Failed to Warn Consumers of the Dangers of the Fiberglass in Their Mattresses

Like many other companies that manufacture mattresses, Zinus Inc. weaves fiberglass into the inner cover of their mattresses to improve the ability of the product to stand up to a fire. The fiberglass in Zinus mattresses is sometimes referred to as "silicon fiber" and you can also find the inner layer of the product under the name "silica sock."

Approximately 80% of companies that manufacture fiberglass mattresses also use modacrylic in their products, which is a synthetic textile fiber made of carcinogenic materials. Consequently, the risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the fiberglass in Zinus mattresses increases, since it is mixed with modacrylic.

Only recently, Zinus, Inc. warned consumers of the risk of removing the outer cover of the mattress. However, because the cover has a zipper and because the tag of the mattress did not include a warning of the dangers of exposure to the glass fibers in the inner cover, people think it is safe to remove the outer cover for cleaning. Another way to get exposed to shards of glass from the Zinus mattress is if the covers rip open.

Why Are Zinus Mattresses Defective?

While fiberglass is not carcinogenic, it is extremely irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs. Mattresses manufactured by Zinus contain fiberglass as a fire retardant in their inner layer. The defectiveness of the mattress lies in the presence of a zipper on the outer cover of it, which indicates to the consumer that there is nothing wrong with removing it for laundering. The labels of their mattresses state that they contain 62% fiberglass but fail to warn people against removing the outer cover so as not to expose the inner layer of fiberglass.

Zinus is one of the cheapest brands globally, as a mattress for a queen size bed can cost as low as $300. Nonetheless, since they contain fiberglass that can easily escape the inner layer, the mattresses that Zinus manufactures have received hundreds of one-star reviews from customers who had been injured by this material or whose houses had been contaminated with it. Some owners claim that they could see the fiberglass crystals on the surface of the mattress before even unpacking it completely.

Eligibility Criteria and Dangerous Models of Zinus Mattresses

Regardless of where you purchased your Zinus mattress from, if you were injured by the fiberglass in it, or if the fiberglass contaminated your home, you should give our experts a call, as these are the eligibility criteria for filing a claim. We will check your model and number and, depending on what we find, we will eventually let you know with certainty whether you qualify for compensation from the manufacturer.

The following are some of the most popular Zinus models that are known to contain fiberglass as a fire retardant:

  • Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress
  • Zinus Cooling Green Tea Gel Memory Foam Mattress
  • Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress
  • Zinus Spring iCoil Mattress
  • Zinus Spa Sensations Theratouch Memory Foam Mattress
  • Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress
  • Zinus Pressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress
  • Zinus Slumber 1 Quilted Pocket Spring Mattress

Health Problems the Fiberglass in Zinus Mattress Can Lead To

There are numerous health problems exposure to fiberglass can cause, as the particles are sharp and can lead to serious injuries in people who come in contact with them. If you came to struggle with one of the following health problems caused by exposure to the fiberglass in a Zinus mattress, you might be eligible for compensation:

The shards of glass can also become embedded in the skin, which requires surgical removal. Therefore, exposure to fiberglass released by Zinus mattresses can result in life-threatening injuries, which is why people whose health was affected by coming in contact with these dangerous particles have the legal right to seek compensation.

The Fiberglass in Zinus Mattresses Can Result in Expensive Cleanups and Loss of All Belongings

Due to the severity of their injuries, many people who unzipped their Zinus mattress have to spend thousands of dollars on healthcare, medical assistance and procedures, and medication. To make matters worse, some of the injuries caused by fiberglass are permanent, such as lung scarring, and those who end up with this serious condition have to use special inhalers that are quite expensive. As a consequence of their complex injuries, consumers whose health was affected by the fiberglass in a Zinus mattress are unable to return to work for several weeks to several months, which can take a heavy toll on their financial stability.

Another terrible aspect that may significantly harm their budget is property damage, as fiberglass will contaminate the entire house in some cases. This requires cleanup that must be carried out by a licensed, professional team, whose cost ranges between $2,000 and $10,000. Moreover, most people whose homes were contaminated by fiberglass have to dispose of nearly everything they own since fiberglass cannot be removed from certain objects such as furniture and clothes.

While fiberglass is being removed from their houses, the owners of Zinus mattresses usually have to spend several days or even several weeks in a hotel room if they do not have the possibility of moving with a family member or a friend. Some of the worst cases we took on involved Zinus mattresses owners who became homeless as a result of the irreversible damage caused by fiberglass to their houses.

People Whose Homes Were Damaged by the Fiberglass in Zinus Mattresses Have to Pay for the Cleanup

According to Zinus, if a consumer removes the outer cover of their mattress, they no longer have a warranty. Thereby, the company steers clear of any responsibility with regard to the issue of fiberglass. As a consequence, people whose homes became contaminated with fiberglass or whose health was affected by exposure to it will not receive any help from Zinus in terms of financial compensation.

It is only by filing a claim with the company that you can recover money for property damage and injury from Zinus, a matter which our team of professionals will help you with by determining whether you are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. It is very important to take action if you are eligible since, as you may already know, the cost of fiberglass removal and the expenses incurred by medical assistance is quite high.

The Status of the Lawsuit Filed Against Zinus, Inc.

The class-action lawsuit against Zinus, Inc. was filed in the spring of 2020 in federal court and is currently awaiting the approval of class certification. It is important to know that there are other defendants listed in this class-action lawsuit, including Target Corporation, Amazon.com, LLC, Walmart, Inc. Wayfair LLC, and eBay Inc. The reasons for filing the lawsuit invoked included the following:

  • design defect
  • fraudulent concealment
  • gross negligence
  • failure to warn
  • unjust enrichment
  • breach of implied warranty

Since the lawsuit against Zinus, Inc. and the retailers is a class-action one, it was filed on behalf of the following:

  • a proposed nationwide class of consumers who purchased the affected mattresses
  • a proposed nationwide class of adults injured by glass fibers from the affected mattresses
  • a proposed nationwide class of minors injured by glass fibers from the affected mattresses
  • a proposed nationwide class of individuals who suffered personal property damage by glass fibers from the affected mattresses
  • a proposed nationwide class of individuals who suffered real estate property damage by glass fibers from the affected mattresses

Why Zinus Could Be Held Liable for the Faulty Design of Their Mattresses

There are numerous reasons why Zinus, Inc. could be held responsible in the pending lawsuit against it, many of which have been stated by Chandler and Durham, the couple who filed the putative class-action themselves. They include the following:

  • Product defect: These product defects include but are not limited to the placement of the zipper on the outer cover that invites consumers to open it, leading to fiberglass exposure. Furthermore, Chandler and Durham contend that Zinus, Inc. withheld or mispresented information concerning the adequacy of the safety standard of their mattresses to the government.
  • Failure to warn: The company had known about the defective nature of their mattresses 8 months prior to taking action to solve the issue of fiberglass but chose not to warn consumers and potential consumers of this serious problem.
  • Breach of warranty: The complaint of the couple also alleges a breach-of-warranty claim against Zinus, Inc. and the retailers who sold their mattresses under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which is meant to offer consumers access to effective and reasonable solutions when there is a breach of warranty on a product. Additionally, Chandler and Durham allege a claim for fraudulent concealment or fraudulent omission, meaning that the company failed to make available to consumers essential facts about the defective nature of the mattresses.

What Will the Compensation I Recover from Zinus Cover?

The compensation you will receive from Zinus, Inc. and the retailers will cover the following:

  • actual damages
  • compensatory damages
  • statutory damages
  • punitive damages
  • exemplary damages
  • pre- and post-judgment interest

When filing the lawsuit, the Illinois couple also asked the court to issue a declaration stating that the Zinus mattresses are defective as described in their complaint, the defects concern safety, and the defendants are financially responsible for warning all class members of the defects present in the faulty mattresses.

To sum up, the compensation you will recover from the liable parties if we find that you are eligible to file a claim will prove to be of tremendous aid in covering the cost of the removal of fiberglass from your home, providing you with additional money to purchase new belongings, and covering the medical expenses required by your fiberglass injuries.

We would like to help those of you who lost all their belongings due to fiberglass contamination. Therefore, we set up a campaign in this direction. If you find yourself in this situation, visit our Zinus Help page.

Our Team Will Help You Find Our If You Can File a Claim with Zinus

If you are the owner of one or multiple Zinus mattresses and you or a family member removed the outer cover of the product, releasing fiberglass in the house, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the company. However, there are some eligibility criteria that you must meet before filing a claim with Zinus and that is where we come in. Our team of experts, who have been assessing personal injury and product liability claims for over 20 years, will promptly help you find out whether you qualify for compensation.

All you have to do is give our professionals a phone call and explain your situation in detail. Subsequently, we will ask you to send evidence that you own a Zinus mattress and proof of your injuries caused by fiberglass. Our team will carefully evaluate your case to come to a definitive conclusion and you will eventually know whether you can file a Zinus claim. If you can, we will quickly put you in touch with a specialized attorney who will help you proceed with the legal process, as only a lawyer who has experience in product liability can efficiently help you.

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