For many women, the use of cosmetics is part of their everyday routine. Most of the time, those products are used without incident. However, there are some times when manufacturers or distributors of these products fail to make sure the items are safe for use as intended. This can result in burns, scarring, allergic reactions, and infections. In terms of cost, it may leave consumers grappling with emotional distress as well as medical expenses, lost wages, and other economic and non-economic costs.
By law, companies have to adhere to product safety standards when designing, manufacturing, and distributing their products. A failure to do that that results in an injury can be grounds for a product liability lawsuit.
A recent study by the Environmental Working Group found that products made for and marketed to black consumers are markedly less safe than those produced for other consumers. An examination of 1,177 personal care and beauty products sold to black women indicated one in 12 was considered “highly hazardous” on the environmental group’s scoring system.