Is the fiberglass in mattresses carcinogenic?

No, fiberglass is not a carcinogenic material, and thereby exposure to it cannot lead to the development of malignant diseases. However, exposure to fiberglass can still cause serious injuries.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

While fiberglass is not a carcinogen, it is a very irritating agent to the skin and airways

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there is no concrete evidence that exposure to fiberglass, such as that found in Ashley or Nectar mattresses, leads to cancer in humans. However, studies conducted on animals found that some fibers of glass increased the risk of cancer in rats, but these researches are quite controversial because of how the fiberglass was implanted in the lung tissue of the animals. Consequently, the agency now states that some fibers of glass are possible human carcinogens.

Even though the inhalation of fiberglass can result in serious health problems such as chronic breathing problems, lung scarring, and the aggravation of asthma and bronchitis, other reputable medical studies revealed that, once they become embedded in the tissue of the lungs, fibers of glass tend to dissolve before they trigger the growth of a malignant tumor. For this reason, unlike asbestos, which the body cannot ever naturally eliminate, they are not carcinogenic. The fibers of glass are soluble, and this is why they can dissolve so fast after they reach the inside of the body.

File a claim with the expert assistance of our skilled legal team

If you were injured by the fiberglass in a Nectar or Ashley mattress, our attorneys will file a claim with the responsible manufacturer on your behalf. After we thoroughly assess your case, we will determine if you are eligible for compensation. If you are, we will ask you to send us the necessary documents so that we can offer you the legal help you are seeking.

The only documents you will have to send our attorneys are proof that you own a mattress with fiberglass, your medical records that mention your injuries related to fiberglass, and evidence of property damage if applicable. It is important to know that you can recover compensation even if you experience only one of these situations, namely either injuries or property damage due to fiberglass. Eventually, after joining the lawsuit or filing a claim, you will receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to from the responsible company.

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