Visitor Question

Tanning Cream Causes Blackened Skin…

Submitted By: Joan (Santa Rosa, CA, USA)

I saw that all my friends use an over the counter tanning cream so I bought one. I didn’t want to put it all over my body unless I tried it in a small area (my hand). I tried it and it turned my skin black, it looks horrific. I was crying all day. Can I sue for this? I don’t know what to do.

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Dear Joan,


All too often products which are made available to the public cause injury to a very small number of people. Most major manufacturers take every precaution possible to be sure their products are free of chemicals which have the potential to cause problems. Inevitably though, some injuries do occur.

The first thing you should do is make an appointment to see a Dermatologist. She will be able to examine the skin discoloration to determine several things, such as…

-If the cream actually caused the discoloration

-If the cream has adversely affected your overall health, or may do so in the future:

-Whether the discoloration will be permanent.

After seeing a Dermatologist you can decide whether to take legal action or not. If the discoloration is temporary, and we certainly hope it is, filing a lawsuit would be inappropriate. To prevail in lawsuits one must show damages.

Additionally one must show a specific relationship between the product and the injury. Although no one would question the trauma the discoloration caused, legally the trauma would be considered quite minor.

Alternatively, if the cream has affected, or may affect in the future, your overall health you should seek the advice of a skilled and experienced Personal Injury Attorney. There are many who specialize in defective products, which are legally referred to as Product Liability cases.

If the cream has caused a permanent discoloration to your hand you should also seek out the legal services of an Attorney. Most will not charge you for an initial office consultation. That way you can be sure of your legal rights.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: July 12, 2011

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