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Successful claim for 5 year old following chemical burns

Claim settled after 5 year old suffered burns.

30 March 2016

Leigh Day have successfully settled a claim against Procter & Gamble Limited on behalf of a 5 year old girl who was alleged to have suffered chemical burns after she came into direct contact with a Bold 2 in 1 Crystal Rain & White Liquitab. She suffered injuries to her eye, face and chest.

The settlement was recently approved by a Judge as part of an Infant Approval Settlement Hearing.
Whilst liability was denied by Procter & Gamble throughout the case, it was alleged that the product was defective pursuant to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 because its safety was not such as persons generally are entitled to expect. Arguments were advanced about the adequacy of the safety clip on the box containing the Liquitabs and also regarding the sufficiency of warnings to consumers on the product packaging.
In a recent study, the number of children suffering injuries as a result of exposure to such products has remained high, with 1,486 exposures relating to liquid detergent capsules between 1 May 2009 and 30 July 2012, of which 95.6% were children under the age of 5.
Thomas Jervis, Specialist Product Liability Solicitor at Leigh Day says, “We are delighted to have achieved this result for our client.   More focus needs to be placed on the end-users of products containing potentially hazardous chemicals to try to prevent such injuries happening again”.

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