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Toxic American Airlines uniform a defective product?

Difficult as it may be to imagine, toxic exposure to hazardous chemicals still happens. Much of the exposure to these dangerous substances may occur in the workplace, but most responsible Washington, D.C. employers also follow the regulations set forth to ensure the safety of their workers by instructing them on the safe handling of such materials. Sometimes, though, the issue arises in an unexpected and alarming scenario, like a recent case involving allegations against American Airlines, claiming that the company worker's required uniforms are not merely a defective product but are potentially life-threatening.

It apparently all began when over 6,000 airline employees approached the Association of Flight Attendants with complaints regarding their new uniforms. When the union tested the clothing, a number of dangerous chemicals were discovered, including formaldehyde. In fact, one such chemical, Chlordane, is so toxic that it has been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Approximately 250 of the most severely injured employees have banded together to file a lawsuit against the company who manufactured the garments. The lawsuit alleges that the chemicals contained within the uniforms are the cause of a number of serious health complications. The reported medical conditions resulting from exposure to the toxic substances in the clothing range from hives, breathing problems and skin rashes all the way up to severe neurological damage.

Recently, yet another employee purportedly fell victim to the toxic uniform and was rushed to the hospital for treatment of her life-threatening reaction after donning the garments. With her medical bills mounting and no end in sight, she is apparently considering a lawsuit of her own. Likewise, any victims in Washington, D.C., who have similarly suffered injuries due to toxic chemicals or any other type of defective product may wish to explore their options for just compensation by consulting an experienced area attorney.

Source: fox46charlotte.com, "Lawyer Suing Maker of American Airlines Uniforms For "Toxic Exposure" After Thousands Get Sick", Dec. 5, 2017

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