Benzene Sunscreen Lawsuit
Sunscreen is a popular way to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, but recent evidence is emerging that suggests certain sunscreen products contain benzene, a dangerous carcinogen that causes cancer.
The parent companies behind the affected sunscreen, Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co, marketed their product as a cancer-deterrent, which makes their actions all the more unacceptable. When product liability standards aren’t met, it exposes consumers across the nation to unnecessary health concerns and risks. You shouldn’t have to question the integrity of the product you find on store shelves, and Morgan & Morgan can help you become whole again.
If you or a loved one developed health issues as a result of sunscreen use, contact us today for more information on how to join our lawsuit.
WHAT IS BENZENE?
Benzene, an industrial chemical, is classified as a carcinogen by both the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chemical is dangerous in all forms, especially when it’s absorbed into the skin like sunscreen is designed to do. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies benzene as a “Class 1 Solvent” and prohibits its use in the manufacture of drug substances and products. Although we’re all exposed to minor levels of benzene through cigarette smoke and car exhaust fumes, the inclusion of the chemical in sunscreen products is significantly more worrisome than our daily exposure.
WHICH SUNSCREEN BRANDS CONTAIN BENZENE?
A scientific study conducted by Valisure determined that many of the sunscreen products you find on store shelves are more dangerous than they seem. These brands include:
- Sun Bum
- CVS Health
- Fruit of the Earth
- Raw Elements
- Banana Boat
- Raw Elements
- Max Block
- Up & Up
If you have any of these products in your home, it’s best to discontinue their use until more information is known. For the full list of affected products exposed in the Valisure study, click here.
IS BENZENE THE ONLY DANGEROUS CHEMICAL FOUND IN SUNSCREEN?
Sunscreen products commonly contain oxybenzone, which is deemed safe to use by the FDA. However, other environmental protection agencies, such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG), have some concerns over the safety of the chemical. Oxybenzone, while not acutely toxic like benzene, has been shown to cause allergic skin reactions, behave like an endocrine disruptor, and is potentially harmful to children. Hawaii banned products containing oxybenzone in 2021, and it’s likely that other states will soon follow suit.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN A SUNSCREEN LAWSUIT?
Anyone who’s developed cancer or other health concerns as a result of their sunscreen use may qualify for the sunscreen lawsuit. If you believe that you qualify, contact us today to get started.
MORGAN & MORGAN CAN HELP YOU FIGHT BACK
Sunscreen is designed to protect you against cancer — not cause it. The manufacturer of these dangerous products is “uncertain” of how the dangerous chemical ended up in their product, making their actions even more concerning. What is certain, however, is that sunscreen products should not contain carcinogenic chemicals that expose the user to a risk of cancer, and Morgan & Morgan is here to advocate for your situation.
If contaminated sunscreen products resulted in harm to you or a loved one, you may qualify for compensation. We’ll review your case for free, and if we find that your situation qualifies for the class action lawsuit, you won’t pay anything out-of-pocket for our assistance. Contact us today to get started.
Did you find what you need?