We are currently investigating lawsuits in all 50 states on behalf of victims who have developed skin cancer as a result of using tanning beds. A number of reports and respected studies have drawn a now irrefutable link between tanning beds and melanoma, the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer.
If you were diagnosed with melanoma or skin cancer that you believe may be linked to your use of tanning beds, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your damages.
In the July 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal, European researchers published the results of a study that concluded that women who use tanning beds face a 20% higher risk of developing skin cancer. The scientists went on to state that the risk of developing skin cancer after using tanning beds increases to 87% when people begin to use tanning beds before the age of 35, and that roughly 1 in 20 cases of melanoma can be linked to the use of tanning beds.
According to estimates by these researchers, in the year 2008 alone, 3,438 cases of melanoma and nearly 800 deaths in Europe could be linked to the use of tanning beds. In conclusion, the researchers stated, “sunbed use is associated with a significant increase in risk of melanoma. This risk increases with number of sunbed sessions and with initial usage at a young age (< 35 years). The cancerous damage associated with sunbed use is substantial and could be avoided by strict regulations.”
A number of countries, including Brazil, have banned the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill that bans the use of indoor tanning beds for children under 17 and requires parental consent for teens from 17 to 18 years old before they may use a tanning bed.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by Tanning Beds?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one have been injured by Tanning Beds, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Tanning Beds lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.