Defective Products Comments Off on California Model Files Product Liability Lawsuit Against Tampon Maker
Lauren Wasser, a 27-year-old model from California, who had to have her leg amputated after developing toxic shock syndrome from tampon use, has filed a lawsuit against manufacturer Kotex.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Wasser’s lawsuit alleges that the woman was 24 when she suffered toxic shock syndrome, a rare complication of bacterial infections frequently involving staph bacteria that affects one in 100,000.
Wasser suffered a massive heart attack and was told that she was 10 minutes away from death. Her infection had turned into gangrene as a result of which she had to have her right leg amputated below her knee.
Her lawsuit alleges that the Kimberly-Clark Corporation is responsible for her hospitalization and catastrophic injury.
She is also hoping that learning about her horrifying ordeal with make other women become better informed about their risks.
The Danger of TSS
Wasser says the disclaimer on the tampon box was not clear enough. The warning on Kotex’s box reads that women using the product should change the tampon every four to eight hours including overnight.
The lawsuit argues the label is confusing because it can mean longer than eight hours especially when it comes to young women who sleep in on weekends.
TSS has been linked to the use of superabsorbent tampons ever since Proctor & Gamble’s Rely brand resulted in a number of deaths during the 1980s.
According to a study conducted by the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, the material used to make Rely tampons acted like “agar in a petri dish” providing a viscous medium on which bacteria could grow.
Creating More Awareness
In addition to holding the manufacturer accountable, Lauren Wasser and her family want to create awareness about the use of synthetic materials in the tampon industry and to make women aware about the dangers of TSS.
Over the last half a century, tampons have gone from using cotton to synthetic ingredients such as plastic and rayon, which expert say, could provide an ideal environment for dangerous staph bacteria to grow.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all tampon manufacturers to provide packaging information on all tampons sold in the United States describing the symptoms of TSS and how to reduce that risk.
Wasser is proof, however, that those warning are unclear and not sufficient to inform women about how to use these products carefully.
If you or a loved one has suffered from TSS due to tampon use, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.