Flammable cosmetics are more common than previously thought, and burn injury reports have led to product liability and personal injury lawsuits for injured plaintiffs.
Consumers have a right to know what is in their favorite cosmetic products, for better or for worse. The more information available for the consumer about the safety of cosmetics, the better they can decide what the risks are versus the benefits.
Toxic cosmetics have been found to cause serious health issues, including cancer and skin burn accidents. Various chemicals and additives in makeup and other health and beauty products can be quite hazardous. Less thought of, however, is the potential for some cosmetics to be flammable.
Joe Lyon is a Product Liability Attorney reviewing defective cosmetics and flammable cosmetics for injured plaintiffs nationwide.
Improper labeling and a failure to warn of certain safety risks can lead to product liability cosmetic flammability lawsuits. When a company puts a cosmetic product on the market, the labeling is regulated by the FDA, to be in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA).
Ingredient lists on cosmetic labeling can be very useful to understand the risks and to avoid potential toxins and irritants. There is a requirement is to list ingredients clearly and in descending order of quantity. There are some exceptions. Generally samples do not require labeling. Fragrances and perfumes, complex and secret formulations, may be listed simply as a “fragrance.”
It is the manufacturer’s and distributor’s responsibility to make sure their products are labeled properly. Failure to comply with labeling requirements can result in legal action.
There are laws in place to protect consumers from deceptive marketing, and false advertising. Labeling is important so consumers can make informed decisions. Some illegal labeling lawsuits involving cosmetics include:
Obviously, the most flammable cosmetics will be the ones containing the most flammable ingredients. These are usually aerosols that contain butane and other flammable ingredients in hair sprays and makeup.
Certain lotions may also contain high amounts of alcohol that can be flammable. Cosmetics are used in heavy quantities, and many women and men around the world apply dozens of cosmetic products daily without knowing the risks.
Research is limited and there is little known about the long-term effects of using some cosmetics, however burn accident is a risk that should be preventable.
Many product recall and consumer safety cases have had a positive impact on public health and well-being, and we have witnessed improved lives and future injuries prevented as companies are forced to remove toxic or dangerous products and warnings as a result of litigation.
Product liability lawsuits may be viable if a product was being used as intended and caused a serious injury through no fault of the end user. If a consumer has used cosmetics and suffered a burn injury or has developed cancer as a result, they can contact an attorney to investigate and build a case against the manufacturer.
The FDA publishes a list of all recalled cosmetics, though just because a product has not been recalled doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Many flammable cosmetics have been on the market for years and reports of burn injuries go unreported.
Because there are hundreds of beauty products that hit the consumer market each year, consumers are seldom alerted to the number of recalls that may affect them. If you have suffered an injury or illness and believe a cosmetic is to blame, contact our firm and we can investigate with the help of industry experts.
Cosmetics and talcum powder products have been targeted in recent years for being linked to ovarian cancer and other serious illnesses. Burn injuries are also being reported and victims have suffered third degree burns.
Some Makeup products may be toxic and have been recalled by their parent companies. If you have been injured or suffered an illness due to the use of any cosmetic product, contact an attorney to review your case.
Plaintiffs are encouraged to seek legal counsel to give them not only the best chance of winning a case, but in maximizing the compensation they deserve. The Lyon Firm works on a contingency fee basis which means the lawyers will only take a percentage of any settlement reached. We have the resources and experience to build a strong case and fight for consumers nationwide.
Defective consumer products present safety and health hazards for both adults and children. Cheap and toxic cosmetics may pose fire and burn risks as well as toxic exposure cancer risks. The manufacturers of cosmetics have a duty to foresee potential injury and properly test products before they are released.
Companies must also properly warn consumers of any risks associated with their products. Any failure to protect consumers that results in accidents and burn injury can lead to flammable cosmetics lawsuits filed by plaintiffs and their product liability lawyer.