Asbestos mesothelioma and other diseases related to asbestos kill thousands of Americans every year. Recent lab tests found six children’s toys that contain deadly asbestos fibers, including four types of crayons. The investigation was commissioned by EWG Action Fund and confirmed findings that children’s crayons may cause asbestos mesothelioma, similar to assessments in 2000 and 2007.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact Attorney Group for more information. We can discuss your options in a free, no obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim for compensation, we can connect you with an affiliated asbestos mesothelioma lawyer who can assist you throughout the legal process.
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Toys Still on the Market Contain Asbestos Fibers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed in 2000 that asbestos can be found in some crayons. However, the commission has not implemented regulations regarding asbestos in crayons or banned the substance. The most recent test found asbestos fibers in the following toys:
- Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse crayons
- Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crayons
- Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce crayons
- Amscan crayons
- Black fingerprint powder in EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit
- White fingerprint powder in Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit
Each of the toys is legal and was purchased at either a national retail chain or through an online retail site. The toys were all made in China.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous material known for its fire-resistant qualities. In the early and mid-twentieth century, asbestos was used in thousands of industrial applications and products.
By the 1970s, it was established that asbestos posed a significant threat to human health and safety. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, remain in the respiratory system where they can cause irritation to the lining of the lungs and bronchial tubes. Long-term exposure can cause a condition known as asbestosis, characterized by coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing.
Asbestos mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. It is a rare but deadly type of cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos. Mesothelioma can result from exposure to a very small amount of asbestos.
As result of the dangers of asbestos exposure, as well as evidence suggesting that companies using asbestos in their products were aware of the risks, thousands of people who developed asbestosis and asbestos mesothelioma have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for the damages they suffered.
Asbestos Fibers in Crayons a Potential Danger to Children
The contaminated crayons could pose a risk to children if the microscopic asbestos fibers they contain were released. The powders in the two crime scene play kits could become airborne and inhaled. Asbestos fibers can lodge in the lungs and other organs, causing deadly diseases. Children exposed to asbestos face a longer period of time for diseases to develop later in life than people exposed as adults.
Injured Parties May Be Entitled to Compensation
Manufacturers have a duty to make products that are safe and free of defects. If this duty is breached, people injured as a result of the defect or unreasonable danger may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and suffering
If an unsafe product kills a person, family members may be eligible to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death
- Loss of the deceased person’s economic support
- Mental anguish caused by the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
People injured, or the family members of those killed, by a defective product are encouraged to seek legal counsel to determine their rights to compensation.
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If you or a loved one were diagnosed with asbestos mesothelioma, contact Attorney Group for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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