Burn injuries are one of the most painful types of injuries to suffer.
Serious burns can not only leave the victim in severe pain, they also
can cause scarring and disfigurement and can lead to other medical complications,
such as infections.
Many Phoenix residents may not be aware of a recent report in what may
seem like an ironic story, a product designed to protect sunbathers from
burns may actually itself result in causing
burn injuries. The sunscreen was manufactured under the Banana Boat label, and includes
23 different products. Two of these products were specifically marketed
towards the use on children. However, at least five victims have suffered
burn injuries after using this product.
According to the manufacturer, which has since issued a recall for the
defective products, the sunscreen is dispensed in too large a quantity because of the defective
design of the dispenser, which makes drying time excessive. While the
sunscreen is drying, if the product comes in contact with a spark or a
source of flame, then it is possible that this could create a fire on
the person's body. There was no information provided on whether the
contents of the sunscreen were an issue, or just the mechanism in which
the product was dispersed from the can.
One might question, however, whether having any amount of a fire hazard
applied directly to one's skin is safe or healthy, even if these dangerous
products have been recalled from the shelves. Consumers in Arizona who
own or have used the affected sunscreen should dispose of it immediately
and contact the company with any questions. Those injured by this product
may be entitled to recover damages that result from their injuries, including
medical expenses and pain and suffering.
If you have been the victim of a burn injury because of this dangerous
product or any other, you might want to consider whether you should attempt
to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries under a
personal injury claim. When a product is either defective or causes injury under normal
prescribed use, the manufacturer of that product can be held liable for
any subsequent injuries its product produces. There was no report provided
on the extent of the injuries suffered by those five people injured by
the sunscreen, or their current conditions.
Source: WTSP 10 News, " Banana Boat sunscreen recalled after 5 people catch
fire," Oct. 23, 2012