Most of us use cosmetics on a daily basis. For an official definition, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act states that cosmetics are “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.” Therefore, cosmetics are more than makeup; they include shampoos, shaving products, tanning oils, deodorants, perfumes, and more.
Unfortunately, though these products are regulated, unsafe cosmetics will always slip through the cracks. Among the most notable large-scale lawsuits against cosmetic companies includes the 2018 lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for the damage caused by the long-term use of their talc powder. In the end, juries awarded a $117 million mesothelioma verdict and a $4.69 billion ovarian cancer verdict.
If you have been harmed by a toxic or defective cosmetic product, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you.
The first thing you must do is hire an attorney. From here, your attorney will have to determine the party liable for your injuries, as with cosmetic lawsuits, this is not always immediately clear. For instance, in certain cases, you may sue the cosmetic designer or manufacturer for knowingly creating and distributing a toxic product. In other cases, you may have a valid claim against either the retail store that sold the product or the beauty salon that negligently applied the product.
That being said, once your attorney determines the liable party, he must then prove that the product was processed and distributed in an “unreasonably dangerous condition,” that you used the product according to its instructions, and that the product, nevertheless, caused serious injuries resulting in significant damages.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to bolster your chances of winning your product liability claim. For example, you must ensure you do not throw the defective product, or its packaging, away. Our firm can use this as evidence. Additionally, if you experience a rash, burn, or other abnormal skin condition from the product, you should immediately take pictures and see a doctor who can further identify, treat, and document the injury, which you may also use to prove your personal injury claim. Though lawsuits against cosmetic products are not always easy to win, our firm has the skills and experience needed to guide you through the claims process, every step of the way.
Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.