If you have been exposed to dangerous lawn and garden chemicals while tending your lawn or garden, you are not alone. The chemicals and pesticides used in lawn and garden care products can be very hazardous to your health. Recently in the news, Scotts Miracle Gro has been under heavy scrutiny for the past couple of years because of the pesticides they were using in their products that endangered adults but caused harm to children and pets in particular.
The risks of using these products combined with the negligence that some chemical companies have demonstrated recently are enough to make you think twice about using these products ever again. A personal injury lawyer can take care of making sure that you are compensated for damages if you have been a victim of injuries from dangerous, defective or mislabeled lawn and garden products.
Scotts Miracle Gro producers intentionally endangered animals and misled the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) with the packaging and sales of roughly 73 million bags of defective bird seed that contained toxic pesticides. They were fined $12.5 million in criminal fines and civil penalties for their violation of the federal pesticide laws.
Normally any pesticide used in lawn an garden products must meet the EPA’s regulation requirements. As shown in this case, their regulation may be somewhat faulty since they were able to be misled by Scotts on such a large scale. This case involved Scotts pleading guilty to illegally applying the pesticides in their wild bird food, falsifying pesticide regulation documents, distributing these with unapproved and misleading labels and distributing unregistered pesticides.
The federal district court that heard the Scotts suit took this case very seriously and filed the charges under the same law that pertains to organized crime, consumer fraud and unfair trade policies. In the end, Scotts was punished stringently for selling dangerous lawn and garden chemicals but many still believe that the $12.5 million fine was far too low. The dangers are still out there if you don’t do your own research into what you are buying, especially when it comes to products used in your home, around your pets and children.
Many dangerous chemicals are in your home and are likely used by you regularly, exposing you and your family to fumes, potential burns and risk of poisoning. If the lawn and garden chemicals are properly labeled and risks explained, then it’s up to you to be cautious. But if the product wasn’t properly labeled or safety directions were incomplete, inaccurate or misleading and an injury resulted, you may have a claim.
If you or someone you know was seriously injured from dangerous lawn or garden chemicals, Nelson Barry can help you recover the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Nelson has an excellent track record of wins in personal injury cases and is ready to help you today. Call today for a free consultation.