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U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye (D) of Norfolk, Virginia (VA) visited families driven out of their homes by toxic Chinese-made drywall, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Numerous lawsuits have been filed in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) due to this hazardous material.

Colleen Nguyen’s family was suffering major health problems potentially due to the toxic substances found in her home’s drywall. Nguyen’s 11-year-old daughter battled with consistent nosebleeds and a case of strep throat. Nguyen believes there are over 60 cases of toxic Chinese-made drywall in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (VA).

Issues surrounding Chinese-made drywall are not relegated to Virginia (VA). This is potentially a nationwide problem. Time Magazine reported in March of 2009 about the possible ramifications of toxic Chinese-made drywall.

Drywall is made from gypsum, a soft mineral which is pressed in between thick layers of paperboard. The potentially toxic Chinese-made drywall material may have originated in at least one gypsum mine in China and possibly others, according to the Time article.

As a personal injury lawyer with over 20 years of experience, I recommend checking your drywall for toxicity. If you’re currently dealing with health problems or have encountered health problems, you need to not only consult your doctor to see if any correlation exists but also seek legal counsel.

You may have potentially toxic Chinese-made drywall if you encounter any of these elements, according to NBC News:

  • The smell of rotten eggs in your home
  • The back of the drywall has the KNAUF or Knauf Plasterboard, made in Tianjin.
  • Corroded copper coils in your air conditioner or black-colored coils
  • Chinese-made drywall is thinner and lighter than typical drywall

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car,truck,railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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