The inhalation of fiberglass from a mattress can aggravate asthma and bronchitis

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on May 04th, 2021

If you struggle with asthma or bronchitis, which are chronic health issues, exposure to the fiberglass in an Ashley or Nectar mattress can worsen your symptoms to a great extent. For this reason, if your condition was aggravated by using one of these mattresses, you may be eligible for filing a claim with the manufacturer.

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 a mattress. Fiberglass is added to the inner layer of these mattresses to fireproof the products. Still, the manufacturers failed to warn consumers of the dangers of removing the outer cover of the mattresses and placed a zipper on the products, 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 defective 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 an Ashley or Nectar 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. Nevertheless, before doing so, you need to document your exposure and the extent of the contamination if you intend to file a claim with Ashley or Nectar.

How exposure to fiberglass from 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 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 an Ashley or Nectar 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 mattress if you want to file a claim.

Our specialized attorneys will help you recover financial compensation

Since 1990, we have been providing people injured by toxic exposure and defective products with quality legal assistance and are ready to help you. If you had been struggling with asthma or chronic bronchitis and developed complications due to fiberglass exposure from an Ashley or Nectar mattress, you may be eligible for compensation. Our skillful attorneys, together with our resourceful legal team, will help you file a claim with Ashley or Nectar.

The only documents you will need to send our legal experts are evidence of you owning a mattress with fiberglass and proof of related injury, as the rest of the paperwork will be efficiently handled by us on your behalf so that your involvement in the legal process will be minimal. Similarly, if one of your family members came to struggle with health complications resulting from breathing in fiberglass from a mattress, they can also take legal action with our assistance. If you choose to work with us, you are bound to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for your case.