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Tattoo Ink Infection Lawsuit

Tattoo Ink Infection Lawsuit

Infections can occur even in the cleanest tattoo parlors when artists use contaminated tattoo inks. This serious complication is not your fault or your artist’s fault — and you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible for failing to ensure the sterility of their inks.

What You Can Do & How a Tattoo Ink Infection Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tattoo ink induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with an infection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Red Tattoo Ink Might Cause Cancer

July 27, 2016 — European health experts are warning that tattoo inks can be toxic and increase the risk of cancer. The risk is greatest for red ink, but also blue, green, and black. In one case report from September 2014, a 48 year-old man developed aggressive skin cancer only in the red areas of his tattoo. Doctors had to transplant healthy skin from his arm onto his thigh after removing the tattooed skin and cancer.

FDA Wants You to Reconsider That Tattoo

May 6, 2016 — The FDA is warning about the risk of serious infections from non-sterile tattoo inks and needles, as well as bad reactions to ingredients in the ink. Click here to read more.

“A Thousand Virgins” Tattoo Ink Recalled for Infection Risk

August 5, 2015 — Tattoo ink sold by Miami-based “A Thousand Virgins” Corp. has been recalled due to fungal and bacterial contamination that could lead to a life-threatening infection. Click here to read more.

Recent News

December 3, 2014 — A class action lawsuit has been filed in California by two people who developed severe tattoo infections after using bad ink from White & Blue Lion, Inc. Click here to read more.

September 24, 2014 — A case report published in PRS Global Open has found a possible link between red tattoo ink and squamous cell carcinoma, a serious type of skin cancer. Click here to read more.

Getting a Tattoo? Watch Out for Bad Ink

The FDA has issued a recall for contaminated ink, but they are warning that similar products are still being sold online and may be causing tattoo infections. Click here to read more.

White & Blue Lion Tattoo Ink Recall

July 2014 — White & Blue Lion, Inc. and 8Decades have recalled tattoo ink that may be contaminated with bacteria. However, the FDA is concerned that these products (and similarly-packaged products) are still being sold to tattoo artists.

If you are getting a tattoo from a professional artist or buying an at-home kit, examine the product and find out who manufactured the ink. The FDA warns:

“Don’t use tattoo inks and kits that have no brand name, carry a dragon logo, and/or are missing the name and place of business of the manufacturer or distributor.”

The recalled ink is sold in single bottles and also kits that contain anywhere from 5 to 54 or more bottles of variously colored inks. They are often marked with a “Best By” date or lot number. Click here to read more.

FDA Recommendation

“Consumers and tattoo artists should be aware of the origin of their materials and should be able to identify and contact the manufacturer in case adverse events occur. Be wary of products that don’t carry a brand or the name and place of business of the manufacturer or distributor. In addition, consumers should take appropriate steps to minimize the possibility that the inks injected into their skin may be contaminated. In this circumstance, the inks have been made from pigments that are not intended for injection into the skin.”

Tattoo Infections

About 21% of American adults report having a tattoo. If you have a tattoo, you know that most infections are caused by failing to take care of a new tattoo properly, non-sterile needles or equipment, inexperienced artists, or wearing irritating clothing.

However, in some cases, tattoo infections are caused by inks that are contaminated with bacteria. In 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine reported several clusters of infections that were traced to tattoo ink from an unnamed manufacturer.

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigated, they identified over 50 probable cases in several states, of which 23 were confirmed. Victims were infected with nontuberculosis mycobacteria, a pathogen that is difficult to diagnose and treat. Most people must have a skin biopsy (which may leave scarring) and take antibiotics for several weeks.

In the last decade, there have even been outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant tattoo infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Symptoms of Tattoo Ink Infection

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Weeping wounds (yellow-green pus)
  • Raised bumps around the tattoo
  • Hard nodules or knots (granulomas)
  • Papules
  • Abscesses
  • Blisters (may be filled with blood or clear fluid)
  • Blemishes
  • Itching
  • Excessive pain at the site
  • Foul odor
  • Red streaks going outward from the tattoo
  • Fever

Side Effects

The FDA regulates tattoo inks as a cosmetic, which means ingredients are subject to a pre-market approval process. More than 50 pigments and shades are currently used in tattoo inks, and the list keeps growing. However, no color additives are approved for injection into the skin. Serious side effects may include infections, allergic reaction, skin cancer, keloids, granulomas, and more. Click here for more side effect information.

Complications

A serious skin infection can potentially spread bacteria to the bloodstream, causing sepsis (blood poisoning), septic shock, organ failure, and death. Early symptoms may include fever, shaking chills, or excessive sweating. Treatment for sepsis involves hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics, and sometimes surgery.

Treatment

If you suspect that your new tattoo is infected, seek emergency medical attention — do not wait until it is festering. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your new tattoo will be severely disfigured. The infection can also spread to your bloodstream and cause death. Your doctor will probably prescribe an oral antibiotic medication, which should clear up the infection in a couple weeks. Click here for more treatment information.

Scarring & Permanent Disfigurement

Getting an infection in a new tattoo is disappointing and frightening, because you don’t know how the tattoo will look when it heals. Minor blemishes are often correctable by a skilled artist, but there is no treatment for changes in skin texture or tone. Scarring is permanent, and camouflaging it can be extremely challenging. Severe infections can be life-threatening.

There is no excuse for manufacturers who sell contaminated inks to tattoo artists, resulting in disfigurement of their clients. It is not your fault or your artist’s fault. You have a right to seek compensation and justice from the manufacturer — we may be able to help.

Tattoo Infection Class Action

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our attorneys are not filing a tattoo infection class action. Many lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured in outbreaks linked to contaminated ink, but these were not part of a class action. Instead, they were individual lawsuits filed by people who hired their own attorney to represent their legal interests. We file individual lawsuits because we believe this is the best way we can help each client maximize their financial recovery.

Do I have a Tattoo Ink Infection Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tattoo ink induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with an infection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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