CCA (chromated copper arsenate)
CCA or chromated copper arsenate is a chemical that is used to treat pressure treated wood. Anyone with a wood home or an outside deck, or any wooden structure that is kept outside runs the risk of having come into contact with CCA.
Since many of these structures are kept outside, they need protecting from the elements. Rain, snow, wind and sun all take their toll on wood. Moisture can cause the wood to rot. CCA pressure treated wood was designed to stop this from happening. The product was first patented in 1938, so millions run the risk of being exposed. The purpose of this article is to inform you of the dangers of CCA and what your options are.
What is CCA?
As stated before, it is chromate copper arsenate. It is designed to keep wood from rotting from exposure to the elements.
Has CCA been recalled?
No, production has been halted but the EPA is not calling for the removal of wood treated with CCA. If your home or deck has CCA treated wood, the EPA are recommending putting a sealant over it every two years. The wood could be replaced with cedar or other natural woods but this could prove costly.
What are the dangers of CCA?
CCA has been linked to cancer and arsenic-related illnesses. The EPA has classified the threat as low to moderate.
What can I do if I have been made ill by CCA?
You may be entitled to momentary damages. Companies are responsible for insuring that their products are safe to a degree. Where possible inherent dangers lie they must post warnings. Because this chemical was possibly liked to cancer demonstrates that they may have neglected proper testing. If CCA has made you ill, the best thing you can do is get legal advice.
What kind of compensation should I get?
That depends entirely on your own situation. Generally, you can claim for pain and suffering, loss of wages due to missed work and medical expenses incurred. Amounts will depend on your individual condition.
CCA has been linked with cancer and other harmful illnesses. If you have been the victim of CCA exposure you need to get legal advice as soon as possible. It will be worth your time. Contact our CCA attorneys immediately.