PERSONAL INJURY I PRODUCT LIABILITY I BURN CASES I CASE STUDY: Defective Hair Coloring Product from Walmart Stores Resulting in Hair Loss, Chemical Burns and Irritation to the Scalp
December 11, 2020
Case Study: Walmart Customer Sustained Excessive Hair Loss Due to Side Effects of Clairol Nice n Easy Hair Coloring Product Manufactured by Proctor & Gamble Company – Confidential Settlement
On August 12, 2015 a Walmart Store customer sustained chemical burns to her scalp which caused excessive hair loss to the front and side of her scalp. The injured party allegedly suffered these personal injuries following the use of Clairol’s Nice n Easy Hair Color which was manufactured by the co-defendant Proctor & Gamble Company. Approximately two years following the chemical burn incident, the burn victim sued both the manufacturer of the hair color as well as the retailer Walmart Stores Inc.
In the underlying complaint that was filed in state court on August 09, 2017, the plaintiff filled a personal injury claim with multiple causes of action for product liability against all parties in the chain of distribution. Against the manufacturer, defendant Proctor & Gamble Company, the personal injury victim brought a product liability cause of action for negligence and carelessness design and manufacturing. Against the distributor, Defendant Walmart Stores Inc, the personal injury victim brought a product liability cause of action for negligently maintaining, inspecting and selling a dangerous and unsafe chemical hair product for its intended use.
When the plaintiff utilized the hair color in accordance to the instructions and per its intended use, the personal injury victim sustained hair loss, a chemical burn, scalp irritation and as a result sustained economic damages which included medical costs and out of pocket expenses to rectify the harm. Ultimately the parties reached a confidential settlement prior to trial.
Chemical burns, also known as caustic burns, are injuries to the skin, mouth, eyes (external burns) or organs (internal burns). Chemical burns are most often caused by either strong acids or strong bases generally found in bleach, cleaning products, concrete mix, metal cleaners, ammonia, car battery accident and whitening products. Chemical burnsand caustic burns can also be caused by hair coloring products resulting not only in chemical burns to the scalp but excessive hair loss and possible permanent damage to the hair follicle.
Chemical burns resulting form hair coloring products, whether purchased at a store or online forum, such as Walmart, Target or Amazon is not uncommon. Unfortunately getting your hair colored at a professional salon does not guarantee safety and hair loss as well as a scalp chemical burn can still result despite seeking professional services. If you sustained injuries as a result of hair coloring product or while receiving professional hair coloring services there can be several causes of action that may include: product liability, negligence and other personal injury claims.
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