Consumers have a plethora of choices when it comes time to buy any number of products. Though each brand may promise different ingredients or different results, one thing should be guaranteed by all: safety. By placing their products on the market, companies promise consumers their products are safe for their intended use. Unfortunately, though, this is not always the case and a group of consumers can subsequently be dealt a product injury.
One of these situations recently led to class action litigation and was settled for $10.2 million. The lawsuit stemmed from problems caused by Unilever's Suave Keratin Infusion hair treatment products. According to some claims, the product contained formaldehyde, even though the product was marketed as formaldehyde-free. The presence of the product caused many individuals to lose hair and/or suffer burns to their scalp. Though the FDA recalled the product after several consumer complaints, many have already been harmed. Perhaps the worst part of this situation is that it was completely avoidable, as Unilever should have known of the product's dangers before putting it on the market.
Those who suffer a personal injury at the hands of dangerous products should become aware of and act on their legal rights. A product liability lawsuit may bring a victim compensation to help cover any medical expenses, lost wages, and pain, and suffering that may arise as a result of the injury. To succeed on a product liability claim, victims must show they were injured by a defective product when using that product in a fashion for which it was intended. Though these cases are often complex, a competent attorney can cut through the clutter and fight for maximum recovery.
Consumers should not have to worry about their safety when deciding which products to buy. While the government does its best to put safeguards in place, sometimes a lawsuit sends the loudest message by hitting companies where it hurts: their bank account. This is significant, as it can protect future consumers from similar mishaps while also seeking the compensation an injured individual deserves.