Light Bulb Injury Lawyers
CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs are in most homes in America. These bulbs are designed to replace older fluorescent lamp bulbs because they produce the same amount of light while consuming far less power and providing more hours of light. Unfortunately, environmentally-conscious consumers are often not aware that these “green” light bulbs contain mercury, a toxic metal which can cause severe injury. Our light bulb injury lawyers are familiar with a number of cases where people were severely injured after coming into contact with mercury from CFL light bulbs.
If you have suffered pain or injury from mercury in CFL light bulbs, you may be entitled to compensation in a product liability lawsuit. For a free evaluation of your claim and to learn whether you are eligible for compensation, contact our light bulb injury lawyers today.
Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak with a light bulb injury lawyer personally. We offer:
- A no-charge case evaluation with an experienced product liability lawyer
- No costs unless we win your case
- Flexible appointments
- Helping victims nationwide
CFL Light Bulbs and Mercury Poisoning
When broken, CFL light bulbs can leak mercury, either in the form of a gas or a liquid. Mercury poisoning can cause a number of serious health concerns, such as:
- Vision impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Speech impairment
- Lack of coordination
- Discoloration of skin
- Shedding of skin (desquamation)
Mercury poisoning can be even more serious if the dangerous metal enters the body through a cut caused by broken light bulb glass.
What To Do If You Have a Broken CFL Light Bulb
If a CFL light bulb burns out in your home, do not try to unscrew the bulb until it is completely cool to the touch. A number of people have been injured when they drop a hot bulb, causing it to shatter and spread shards of glass and toxic mercury into surrounding areas. If a CFL light bulb does break, you are advised to take the following precautions:
- Evacuate the area, being very careful not to step on any broken glass
- The EPA recommends ventilating the room for AT LEAST 15 minutes
- DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner to clean up a broken CFL bulb: this could spread particles of mercury throughout the home
- Wear protective gloves and use a broom to sweep debris into a dustpan. Empty the debris into a plastic bag and seal.
- DO NOT throw the plastic bag away into an ordinary trash or garbage can. This debris is legally hazardous material, and must be disposed of in a certain way.
- If the spill is very severe, do not attempt to clean it up yourself: there are specially-trained experts who should take care of this for you
A light bulb may appear to be a simple, everyday object, but the truth is that the mercury contained in all light bulbs, including CFL bulbs, is highly toxic. Exercise extreme care when handling any broken light bulbs, and if you are unsure about how to proceed, the best thing you can do is to call the local fire department or other hazardous material experts.
Contact our Light Bulb Injury Lawyers
Our light bulb injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers injured by defective or dangerous products. If or someone you love has suffered because of mercury poisoning or burns from a CFL light bulb, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages in a product liability lawsuit. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.