On June 23, 2015, Fulgencio Law, PLLC attorneys Bethany Wharrie and Felipe Fulgencio filed the first state court laswsuit in Florida against Lumber Liquidators for the unsafe levels of formaldehyde found in its flooring. Fulgencio Law represents a family who purchased Lumber Liquidators’ flooring from one of Lumber Liquidators’ Hillsborough County stores. After the family had the flooring installed in their home, the family’s youngest member, a two year old child, developed signs and symptoms of formaldehyde exposure including sore throat, coughing, congestion, headaches, itchy eyes, fatigue, stomach pains and vomiting. After watching CBS News’ 60 Minutes’ segment regarding the unsafe levels of formaldehyde found in Lumber Liquidators’ flooring, the family decided to have their home tested. They contacted Lumber Liquidators who sent them an at home test. The family performed the test and sent it back to Lumber Liquidators per its instructions.
After a month passed with no response from Lumber Liquidators regarding the formaldehyde test, the family hired a private company to test the flooring and air in their home. The test results indicated that the Lumber Liquidators’ flooring had formaldehyde levels ten times the targeted levels and the family’s home air had formaldehyde levels four times the targeted levels. The family immediately moved out of their home and stayed with relatives until the Lumber Liquidators’ flooring was removed from their home and replaced with safe flooring. Since moving out of the house and replacing the flooring, the family’s two year old child has not has any more symptoms of formaldehyde exposure.
ABC Action News has a short piece on the issue, which can be seen here: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/dangerous-gas-leaking-from-flooring-sold-by-lumber-liquidators.
Anyone who has purchased or installed Lumber Liquidators’ flooring and is concerned about possible formaldehyde exposure can contact Fulgencio Law at 813.463.0123.