Decorative body art has become extremely popular in recent years, with nearly 25% of all American adults admitting to having at least one tattoo. However, despite their popularity, tattoos are not without their risks, and have been known to cause severe skin infections, allergic reactions and other injuries.
Free Tattoo Infection Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed a skin infection or other injury after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
How Do Tattoo Skin Infections Occur?
A tattoo infection is not something people tend to think about when they’re contemplating a new body art design. However, these reactions can occur whether you think about them or not. Common causes of tattoo skin infections include:
- The tattoo artist reuses their needles, resulting in bacterial contamination.
- The tattoo parlor and/or area around the customer chair is unsanitary, increasing the risk of contamination to the customer.
- The tattoo artist doesn’t wash his or her hands or use gloves.
- The needle was improperly sterilized.
- The artist may have an infectious disease or other communicable illness.
- Chemicals in the ink may be tainted with bacteria.
- The artist may not have reviewed the customer’s medical history to avoid allergic reactions.
Skin Infection Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink
In August 2012, the CDC reported on a multi-state outbreak of Mycobacterium skin infections that were linked to the same nationally-distributed gray tattoo ink. Injuries ranged from mild inflammation (rash, papules & nodules) to severe abscesses that required surgical removal. CDC determined that the tattoo ink associated with the outbreak was likely contaminated prior to distribution.
Types of Tattoo Reactions
Tattoos have been associated with the following types of skin infections:
- Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) infections (Mycobacterium chelonae)
- Herpes simplex
- Viral warts
- Atypical mycobacterial infection
Bloodborne infections reported in tattoo recipients include:
- Viral hepatitis
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Tattoo Ink Recall
In July 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide recall for all lots of tattoo supplies (inks, needles, cups & kits) manufactured by White & Blue Lion, Inc. of Industry, CA. This recall was initiated after tests found bacterial contamination in tattoo inks and needles manufactured by the company. Use of White & Blue Lion tattoo supplies may cause severe skin infections or other injuries.
About Tattoo Infection Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Tattoo Infection Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members who suffered severe skin infections or other injuries after getting a tattoo.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Tattoo Ink Infection Lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Tattoo Infection Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tattoo Ink Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new skin infection and other injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Tattoo Ink Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered a skin infection or other injury after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Tattoo Infection Suit and we can help.