Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Attorneys
Sunscreen Injury Lawyers Investigating Benzene Exposure Cases
In July 2021, online pharmacy Valisure LLC detected benzene in 24 different sunscreens, 5 of which are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. Valisure requested that the FDA pull those products from the shelves, and in response J&J voluntarily recalled its sunscreens. They’ve asked retailers to withdraw the products from the shelves and asked consumers to discard any bottles in their home.
The affected aerosol spray-on sunscreens include:
- Neutrogena Beach Defense
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh
Benzene is among the top 20 most widely used chemicals in the US and is a known carcinogen. Studies have most often linked benzene exposure to blood cancer, including leukemia. Benzene is most often used as a tool for manufacturing other materials like rubber, plastics, lubricants, dyes, detergents, and other goods, which is where most toxic exposure to the substance occurs.
Our sunscreen injury lawyers are investigating claims that people were exposed to dangerous levels of benzene by using Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products.
The Short-Term & Long-Term Effects of Benzene Exposure
Acute benzene exposure causes damage to the nervous system, resulting in drowsiness, dizziness, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. It can also cause rapid heartbeat and vomiting, if you consume large amounts. Benzene exposure via aerosol would be breathed rather than swallowed, so short-term effects would also lead to irritated skin, eyes, and throat.
The long-term effects of benzene exposure are devastating. Benzene causes damage to bone marrow, where blood cells are produced, which means the long-term effects of benzene exposure includes anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count. These conditions can cause further health problems as they hinder the body’s ability to fight infection or heal from wounds. Finally, benzene exposure can also cause leukemia, or cancer of the bone marrow.
Johnson & Johnson’s Product Liability Record
Over the last several years, Johnson & Johnson has been publicly exposed for endangering the public with multiple products. As of April 2021, the company was facing nearly 30,000 ongoing lawsuits over its talcum powder products causing ovarian cancer, some of which our firm is bringing forward. Additionally, J&J heavily marketed Risperdal for use on children without testing, which resulted in young boys developing female breasts.
Arnold & Itkin is no stranger to these cases—it’s our work that uncovered J&J’s role in covering up the link between Risperdal and unnatural breast growth in little boys. In response, the jury awarded our client an $8 billion verdict—the third largest verdict ever won for an individual plaintiff in U.S. history. Our firm has also spent years investigating talcum powder claims, so we’re deeply familiar with the harm Johnson & Johnson has caused over the years. We’re also familiar with how often they deny any responsibility for causing public harm, even when the science says otherwise.
So, when Johnson & Johnson says that they use zero benzene in the production of sunscreen, it’s understandable that people are skeptical.
Exposed to Benzene? Speak with Arnold & Itkin.
Benzene exposure has short-term and long-term effects, but it could be years before long-term impact reveals itself. By then, it might be too late to act. If you were exposed or have any of the symptoms of exposure after using Neutrogena or Aveeno sunscreen sprays, speak with our firm as soon as possible. We can discuss what happened to you, what you’re facing, and what your options are in light of Johnson & Johnson’s sunscreen recall.
Call (888) 493-1629 today or contact our Johnson & Johnson sunscreen lawsuit attorneys online for a free consultation.