Dangerous Sunscreen May Result in Product Liability

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

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