Can You Sue a Sunscreen Company for Your Sunburn?

We all know the dangers of the sun and how essential it is to protect ourselves from unsafe rays and potential sunburns. Most people’s first choice when it comes to sun protection is a sunscreen with a high SPF, promising to keep you safe under the burning rays.

There are even sunscreens marketed towards children with the claim that they are hypoallergenic and chemical-free, but boasting an SPF as high as 50 or more. However, if your sunscreen fails, do you have the option of suing that company? Attorney Thomas J. Simeone was consulted as a legal expert on Avvo.com’s article discussing the matter.

Even with the correct use of sunscreen and frequent application, you may still face severe burns and painful skin conditions after laying in the sun. When this happens, you may have a case against the company that promised you long-lasting sun protection. This happens far more often that you think, as sunscreen companies have faced backlash over the years for promising protection but failing to deliver.

This happened most famously with two sunscreen companies, Banana Boat and Honest Company. Honest Company’s SPF 30 sunscreen was accused with failing to protect against the sun, and resulted in a $5 million class-action lawsuit for false advertising and causing physical harm to unsuspecting customers.

Banana Boat is currently facing a lawsuit for defrauding customers by making them overpay for a falsely inflated SPF. Instead of the promised SPF 50 of the kid’s sunscreen, it was discovered to be an SPF as low as 12.69. Interviewed as a legal expert on the class-action lawsuit against Banana Boat, Attorney Simeone stated: “Because these products are sold to a wide number of users, if one person is injured there is a decent probability that others will be also. These are complicated cases because the users may live in different places—with different laws—and each will have purchased the product separately and have unique injuries.”

These are only the tip of the iceberg, as most sunscreen companies are worldwide. It may be just one faulty batch or it may be an entire company’s mistake. No matter the circumstance, we at Simeone & Miller, LLP are dedicated to fighting for the compensation you deserve if you have suffered burns or injuries due to faulty sunscreen.

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If you or a loved one have suffered from painful injuries due to the false promises of a sunscreen, you have rights, and we at Simeone & Miller, LLP intend to help you exercise them. If a company makes false claims about its product and these false claims cause serious injury, they must be held accountable.

For any and all personal injury cases, contact us today by calling (202) 888-0872.