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
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.
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.