EcoLab’s OxyCide cleaning products are used in hundreds of hospitals and healthcare clinics across the nation in an effort to kill spores and viruses. It is also widely used in the cruise ship industry.
However, the daily disinfectant has reportedly caused a variety of harmful symptoms to those regularly exposed to the chemical, including nurses, aides and janitorial staff.
Individuals exposed to OxyCide are currently suing EcoLab for failure to warn consumers about the dangerous side effects of the disinfectant, including the risk of breathing problems. There were no warnings, or improper warnings, on the cleaning products. As a result, workers could not take the necessary precautions to protect themselves while using the product.
Buckfire Law is currently accepting new clients and representing individuals who used the OxyCide daily disinfectant and suffered a adverse symptoms after using the cleaner.
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- EcoLab OxyCide Cleaning Products
- Oxycide linked to asthma, breathing problems
- EcoLab Oxcide harmful side effects
- Criteria for filing OxyCide lawsuit
What is EcoLab’s OxyCide Cleaning Product?
OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner, a relatively new hospital-cleaning product, is advertised as a non-bleach alternative cleaner for daily use in healthcare settings.
The disinfectant kills viruses and bacteria.
Approximately 1.7 million people acquire health-care-associated infections annually, resulting in 150,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections caused by C. difficile are linked to 14,000 deaths each year.
According to a 2012 study, the use of OxyCide resulted in a 36.5 percent reduction of bacteria on hospital surfaces when compared to other disinfectants.
OxyCide is used as the primary cleaning solution in healthcare facilities nationwide. However, many of the healthcare employees reportedly say they and their co-workers have experienced a number of adverse side effects when using the product.
OxyCide Linked To Asthma & Breathing Problems
Testing of the OxyCide cleaning products has revealed dangerous chemical compounds known to cause adverse health effects.
Peracetic acid, or peroxyacetic acid (PAA), is a known asthma-causing substance which causes immune response and adverse respiratory effects, even at low exposure levels.
EcoLab is alleged to have failed to test long-term exposure to PAA or to consider its effects when combined with acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. They also are alleged to have concealed the results of internal tests that showed subjects experiencing side effects.
As a result, EcoLab — the cleaning product manufacturer — now faces class action lawsuits from consumers alleging that the company negligently distributed a harmful product.
OxyCide Cleaning Products Side Effects & Symptoms
The reported side effects as a result of long-term exposure to OxyCide cleaning products land on a wide spectrum of injuries.
While some workers will experience more transient symptoms during exposure, many suffer more significant injuries.
Repeated exposure to an allergen may lead to increasing symptoms and, over time, the allergic reaction becomes more severe and can lead to symptoms requiring leaving employment and, in some cases, hospitalization.
OxyCide cleaning products were first distributed to 500 hospitals nationwide in 2013. Since then, hospital workers have reported serious injuries, including:
- Breathing problems
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Burning of the eyes, nose, and throat
- Nasal problems
- Nose bleeds
- Respiratory irritation
- Skin burns, rashes, and other reactions
Individuals who experience one or more of the above side effects should see a doctor for treatment.
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, or similar complaints that seem to be related to use of OxyCide, you may be eligible to receive compensation from EcoLab.
Is there a Class Action Lawsuit against Ecolab for OxyCide?
At least one class actin lawsuit was filed against Ecolab, Inc. The suit was filed in Minnesota by three women hospital workers. The suit demands compensation for the women for personal injuries from cleaning agent. It also requests settlement payouts for other workers exposed and harmed by the hospital cleaner.
The lawsuit Complaint alleges several legal theories based upon negligence principles against Ecolab. The allegations include:
- Strict Liability/Design Defect: an allegation that the hospital cleaner was improperly designed and dangerous for its intended use;
- Strict Liability/Manufacturing Defect: this claim alleges liability for placing a dangerous product on market for use by the public;
- Strict Liability/Failure to Warn: this legal theory holds the manufacturer liable for failing to have proper warnings to protect workers from the toxic fumes;
- Negligence: a failure to exercise reasonable care in manufacturing, designing, selling, and distributing the product;
- Breach of Express Warranty: argues that the manufacturer knew the product was hazardous but represented it was safe to use;
- Breach of Implied Warranty: alleges that the product maker implied the product was safe when it know if was a public health risk;
- Negligent Misrepresentation: claims the manufacturer intentionally concealed the product dangers to purchasers and the public.
The class action lawsuit demands compensation for people who suffered injury from exposure to the cleaning product. Individuals with pre-existing conditions, like asthma, were extremely vulnerable to the toxic product. Many of them suffered serious harm from using and encountering the product.
You may be eligible to joint the class action lawsuit.
Criteria for Filing an Ecolab OxyCide Lawsuit
To qualify to participate in a lawsuit, you must prove the following:
- Repeated exposure to OxyCide in a healthcare setting, including:
- Healthcare facilities.
- Assisted living centers.
- Nursing homes.
- Cruise ships.
- Skin, breathing or other allergic reaction injuries, including anaphylaxis, that occurred during exposure to the disinfectant and required treatment from a medical professional.
It is recommended you hold on to any medical-related bills, as well as notes or directions from your care professionals. Both may be important in proving your case against EcoLab.
How Do I File an OxyCide Lawsuit?
To sue Ecolab for an OxcyCide lawsuit, you need the help of an experienced lawyer.
Our legal team will get your medical records to determine if your symptoms were caused by this hazardous cleaning agent. We will also work hard to get documentation to prove that you worked with or were repeatedly exposed to solvent.
When we have the necessary proof that your condition was caused by OxyCide, we will then file a lawsuit against OxyCide.
How much are OxyCide Settlement Amounts?
The law allows for two types of damages in dangerous product cases. You may qualify for both types.
The first type of recoverable damage is for non-economic damages. These are settlement payouts for you pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. These are different for every claimant. Your medical records provide strong evidence of these damages.
The second type are economic damages. This is compensation for your financial losses caused by your injuries. It includes lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses.
We will work hard to win you the maximum possible OxyCide settlement payout amount.
There are no lawyer fees unless you get a settlement.
Contact an EcoLab Asthma & Breathing Problem Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been exposed to EcoLab’s OxyCide and have experienced breathing-related problems, contact Buckfire Law today.
There are time limits to file dangerous product lawsuits, so it’s best to act as quickly as possible.
Call today for a free case review.
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