Just For Men Chemical Burn Lawsuit
Just For Men is a nationally advertised hair dye that has been on the market for more than 25 years and is marketed to middle age men that want to cover some or all of their gray hair. Although the product has been on the market for many years, many users and experts believe the formula has changed since even men with a long-term history of uneventful use have been burned chemically by the product.
About Just For Men Hair Dye
Combe Inc. has manufactured Just For Men since 1987 and for many years it was the first choice for many men as time caught up with them and they became gray. Because gray hair, and particularly facial hair, is so coarse it requires more robust chemicals to penetrate the hair than might be needed for lightening hair colors.
Just For Men contains Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) a widely used, but very caustic dark hair dye. In fact, this chemical is well known as an allergen causing reactions in many users, according to the North American Contact Dermatitis Society, who named it allergen of the year in 2006. In addition, a study published in 2014 in the Dermatology Journal, Contact Dermatitis, demonstrated that 4.5 percent of 2939 patients had a positive reaction to PPD. Another study specific to African American men conducted by the Cleveland Clinic and published in the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis showed that this group had an even higher sensitivity to PPD than their Caucasian counterparts. Their sensitization rate was 42.2 percent vs 21.2 percent.
Special Directions for Use Include a Skin Patch Test
Combe Inc. must have had some idea about how caustic Just For Men can be for some men since they recommend performing a skin patch test on the inside of your elbow to see if you have a reaction prior to use on facial or scalp hair. They also recommended washing the product off if a user has an adverse reaction. While many products on the market can cause allergic reactions in a few users, recommending a skin patch test and the fact that hundreds of users have experienced the same allergic reactions tends to support the idea that Just For Men presents a clear and present danger to many men.
What Happened to Just For Men Users?
Even long-term Just For Men users have experienced a wide range of symptoms, including allergic reactions, a burning sensation after application, blistering, dermatitis and swelling of skin on the face, neck and scalp. In some cases the symptoms were far more severe and required a trip to the emergency room and/or hospitalization. Some of the symptoms include:
- Painful burning rash
- Skin inflammation
- Face or eye swelling
- Sores on the scalp
- Feeling light-headed
- Breathing problems or shortness of breath
- Tight chest
Treatment for Allergic Reactions to Just For Men
Doctors recommend that anyone suffering from an allergic reaction to Just For Men clean the area completely with a mild soap and water. Once the area has dried antibiotic ointment should be applied to the entire area. If itching is associated with the adverse reaction, over the counter antihistamines can help reduce the symptoms.
How Can Osborne & Francis Help?
Osborne & Francis are leading champions for those who have suffered injuries due to medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other products that didn’t work as they should have. They have obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in complicated, highly technical cases.
In fact, the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois have named them to the steering committee for the Just For Men litigation, giving them the following responsibilities on behalf of the Plaintiffs:
- Initiate, coordinate and conduct pretrial discovery
- To retain necessary consulting and testifying expert witnesses
- Submit and argue all verbal or written motions, as well as oppose when necessary any motions submitted by the Defendants
- Work with the Executive Committee and Liaison Counsel to coordinate with Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, to schedule meetings, phone conferences and appear at periodic Court noticed status conferences.
With over a half century of combined experience, the personal injury lawyers at the law ﬁrm of Osborne & Francis have a proven record of successfully litigating complex cases on a national scale and have become one of Florida’s ‘go-to’ ﬁrms for matters such as defective hip implants, and trans-vaginal mesh.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with PPD related dermatitis or suffered any of the symptoms listed above after using Just For Men in the past it is important to seek reputable legal counsel as soon as possible. We may be able to obtain compensation for injuries caused by Just For Men.
Personal injury claims are subject to strict statutes of limitation that limit how long you have to file a lawsuit. The personal injury attorneys at Osborne & Francis Law Firm PLLC are dedicated to providing quality representation in an efficient manner. To discuss your case at a free initial consultation call 561-800-4011 or contact us online. We serve clients in Broward and Palm Beach counties and throughout the United States.