Do you know what's inside the household cleaning products you regularly use? What can make them so efficient in exterminating germs 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 these household cleaning chemicals can cause.
However, in extreme cases, the effects can go far beyond a skin rash and lead to serious intoxication or even permanent conditions such as blindness, severe burns and skin conditions.
Are Cleaning Products Harmful?
The most common ways to be exposed to toxic chemicals is through cleaning products for home. When the 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 and, at times, irreversible injuries, including (but not limited to):
- Lung damage
- Damage to the eyes or blindness
- Reproductive system damage
- Nerve damage
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Neurological problems
- Memory and concentration problems
How Dangerous Are Cleaning Products?
Can household cleaning products make you sick? Although there are many different types of chemicals and toxic substances that can cause severe injuries, 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 produce green cleaners that avoid ingredients that are toxic or don't biodegrade. So, avoiding toxic cleaners and keeping your home clean doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Also, safer cleaners 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 exposures, children under six can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home. These exposures are nearly always unintentional.
Damages and Compensation In Miami for Your Injuries Caused by Harmful Cleaning Products
We have handled product liability cases for all kinds of random products where the liable manufacturing companies failed to take responsibility and compensate the victims and their family members. When you know you used the product as it was intended, yet however that product containing many undisclosed dangerous chemicals has harmed you, please do not wait and contact us so we can help you get your medical bills covered and future lost wages and expenses as well. Let us know so we can warn others about how dangerous the cleaning products chemicals 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. Many only specify a part of the cleaning products chemicals 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 what 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, go to the doctor as soon as possible.
Injured by Cleaning Products for Home? Contact Miami Product Liability Lawyer Sean M. Cleary
Last but not the least, don't forget that you might be entitled to file a claim for personal injury if one of these products causes you serious physical damages if you have used the products correctly according to the instructions on its container.
Please call our Miami product liability attorney today at 305.416.9805 for a free case evaluation.