Do you know what's inside the household cleaning products you regularly use? What can make them so efficient if not a whole lot of chemical substances?
Unfortunately, some of them do more than just disinfect your home. They pose serious threats to your health if they are improperly managed. Lung and nose irritations, headache, rashes, nausea, and cough are just some of the mild symptoms of the serious injuries these household cleaning chemicals can cause. In serious injury cases, dangerous products can cause more than a skin rash and lead to serious intoxication or even permanent conditions such as blindness, severe burns, and skin conditions.
Can Cleaning Products Cause Catastrophic Injuries?
The most common way to be exposed to toxic chemicals is through cleaning products for the home. When the harmful effects develop slowly, they can result in diseases such as cancer or Parkinson's. This exposure can occur without an individual realizing that they are absorbing or inhaling a potentially dangerous chemical at home. Exposure to these chemicals can also cause immediate effects and can result in some serious injuries which are, at times, irreversible, including (but not limited to):
- Lung damage
- Damage to the eyes or blindness
- Reproductive system damage
- Nerve damage
- Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- Neurological problems
- Memory and concentration problems
- Traumatic brain injury
How Dangerous Are Cleaning Products?
Can household cleaning products cause accidents or injuries? Although there are many different types of chemicals and toxic substances that can cause personal injury and wrongful death, some of the most common ones that are found in the home and other locales include (but are not limited to):
- Furniture polish
- Oven cleaners
- Bathroom cleaners
- Anti-static sprays
- Drain cleaners
- Carpet cleaners
- Mechanical equipment cleaners
- Air freshener
Several companies now avoid ingredients that are toxic or don't biodegrade. As a result, they produce green cleaners. So, avoiding toxic cleaners and keeping your home clean doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Also, safer cleaning products can be made from a range of substances you might already have around the house.
You may even wonder, "Will cleaning products harm my baby?". Cleaning substances are some of the most common substances involved in pediatric personal injuries. Children under six can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home. These exposures are nearly always unintentional.
Do Product Liability Disclaimers Protect Manufacturers From Legal Action?
Manufacturers often have disclaimers on their warning labels or in the manual, etc. Manufacturers often try to avoid taking responsibility for their products by inserting a written disclaimer. However, a product liability disclaimer does not usually work as a shield for the manufacturer in cases when you purchased a defective product from a store.
The law guarantees that the product will be safe when used in a predictable and reasonable manner, regardless of product liability disclaimers. As a customer, you have not lost your warranty rights.
- The only situation where such disclaimers sometimes have an effect is when you sign a written contract that contains a disclaimer clause.
- Also, if the disclaimer warns about the risks of the misuse of the product, a court might agree that you were aware that the particular use of the product would lead to injury.
This kind of written contract is not common, but it does exist, especially for handmade products or other custom-made high-priced products.
However, if you find yourself in one of the situations mentioned above, the best option for you would be to consult a product liability attorney to evaluate your case and find out what to do next.
Damages and Just Compensation In Miami for Your Accident Injuries Caused by Harmful Cleaning Products
We have handled product liability cases for all types of defective products where the liable manufacturing companies failed to take responsibility and compensate the injured victims and their family members.
When you know you used the product as it was intended, yet that product containing many undisclosed dangerous chemicals has harmed you, please do not wait and contact our accident lawyer so we can help you:
- get your medical bills and medical treatment covered
- secure future lost wages and expenses as well.
Let our experienced lawyer know so we can warn others about how dangerous the chemical cleaning products can be.
On many household products, the label fails to have a complete list of ingredients because its formula is proprietary. Manufacturers should mention all their products' ingredients on the container. But many only specify a part of the chemical cleaning products and fail to list on the label all of the correct percentage amounts as well. The labels should clearly warn consumers about the hazards related to these substances and the preventive measures that should be taken.
The bottom line is that you can never know for sure what you bring into your home by buying cleaning products. That's why you should be careful and take time to read each product's label before purchasing it and, most importantly, before using it. Always make sure you've checked out the instructions and preventive measures before you start using a product. If you have any allergic reactions or injuries afterward, recheck the label to see how you should proceed and follow the specified steps immediately. If the effects persist or worsen, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
Injured by Home Cleaning Products? Contact Miami Product Liability Lawyer Sean M. Cleary
Last but not least, don't forget that you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim when a defective product causes catastrophic injury if you have used the products correctly according to the instructions on its container.
After the accident, if an ingredient is at fault for causing serious injuries, contacting a Miami attorney specializing in personal injury law can help you fight to recover the maximum compensation to cover your medical expenses.
Our law office will be on your side and will fight for your legal rights by filing an injury lawsuit.