Do You Know What’s In Your Hand Sanitizer?
Author: Auger Law | October 30th, 2020
With a public health crisis like COVID-19, some of the products we take for granted can suddenly become difficult to find. In the case of sanitization products, there has been a massive increase in demand and a slowdown in the production of some of the better-known brands.
To fill in these gaps, savvy distillers and other manufacturers found new ways to provide the public with hand sanitizer options, utilizing different alcohol and chemical solutions to get the job done. Not all of these alternatives are made equal, however, and the FDA has had to release several warnings and issue recalls on hundreds of products due to the serious risks some that come with some of these new hand sanitizers.
Despite these efforts, many of the contaminated products have already found their way into homes and businesses and may still be used for some time to come. If you, your child, or another loved one has been injured by a tainted hand sanitizer, you may be eligible to pursue compensation to cover damages including medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and pain and suffering.
Call Auger & Auger at (800) 559-5741 today to discuss the details of your hand sanitizer injury case with an experienced defective product attorney. You deserve to have a fair chance at obtaining compensation for the negligence of manufacturers that has led to the pain and suffering of you or your loved one.
Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol and 1-Propanol
Some hand sanitizer products have been found to contain Methanol and 1-propanol, both of which are toxic and can cause serious problems for humans that come into contact with them.
When applied to the skin, the CDC says methanol absorption can be “as effective as the oral route in producing toxic effects.” Exposure to methanol can cause vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, and in severe cases blindness, brain, and nervous system damage, and even death.
Ingesting 1-propanol can cause stomach ache, confusion, slowed pulse, lowered awareness, slower breathing, and in some cases death. Contact with the skin can cause irritation including itchiness or burning as well as allergic reactions.
Call Poison Control or Go to the Hospital Immediately if You or Someone Else Has Swallowed Hand Sanitizer
Children in particular may be at greater risk of the adverse effects of ingesting hand sanitizer. Even if you believe the hand sanitizer in your case is not one of the recalled products, you should still immediately call your local poison control number as even normal hand sanitizers can cause illness and poisoning when ingested.
Follow the advice of the professional on the other end and inform them of all symptoms exhibited. If you believe you, a child or anyone else has ingested a hand sanitizer contaminated with methanol or 1-propanol, you should immediately make plans to get to the emergency room safely.
Seek Damages for Poisoning From Defective Hand Sanitizer
There’s not much more terrifying than watching your child or loved one react to exposure to a toxic chemical like methanol or isopropyl alcohol. Taking quick and appropriate action is key to helping them get the medical attention they need as soon as possible.
Dealing with the medical bills, recovery expenses, lost wages from missed work, emotional distress, and pain and suffering is added stress that an experienced personal injury attorney could help alleviate.
By getting in touch with a Carolinas recalled product liability lawyer, you can find out if you may be eligible to seek damages from the negligent product manufacturers who made it possible for the poisoning to occur in the first place. With the FDA’s recall of hundreds of these products, a class action lawsuit is possible, and your hand sanitizer poisoning case could contribute to holding the appropriate parties accountable.
Fight to Recover From Your Dangerous Product Injury
No one should have to pay for the dangerous mistakes of another person or business. In providing the public with access to these dangerous hand sanitizers, these manufacturers may be negligent in relation to your or your loved one’s injuries. By seeking the help of a seasoned product liability attorney, you improve your chances of recovering the maximum amount possible, allowing you to get back on track after such a tragic experience.
With all the chaos in the world right now, we want to relieve some of your stress relating to your defective product case. Call Auger & Auger at (800) 559-5741 or contact us online if you believe you, your child or another loved one may have been hurt by contaminated hand sanitizer. Our consultations are free, and we’re available 24/7 to take your call and schedule an appointment.