OxyCide

Hospital staff and workers in other healthcare settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities, who suffered anaphylaxis, respiratory problems, skin reactions or other serious injuries allegedly caused by exposure to OxyCide cleaning products may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you know worked in a hospital or lab where OxyCide cleaning products were used and you required treatment for side effects allegedly caused by exposure to the disinfectant, you may have grounds to file an OxyCide injury lawsuit against Ecolab. Contact a knowledgeable OxyCide attorney today to discuss your possible compensation options.

Ecolab Oxycide Lawsuit

OxyCide Lawsuit Information

Ecolab faces a growing number of product liability lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers who worked in hospitals and other healthcare settings where OxyCide cleaners were used and subsequently required treatment for a skin, breathing or other allergic reaction that occurred during exposure to OxyCide. The plaintiffs involved in the ongoing OxyCide litigation allege that Ecolab negligently distributed a harmful product and failed to adequately warn users that exposure to OxyCide could put them at risk for serious allergic reactions.

Furthermore, Ecolab is accused of concealing data from internal tests, ignoring consumer complaints about adverse side effects and refusing to release updated guidelines for the safe use of OxyCide. Plaintiffs bringing OxyCide lawsuits against Ecolab are seeking damages for injuries they claim were caused by repeated or prolonged exposure to the toxic disinfectant at work. While some exposed healthcare workers may suffer only minor symptoms after being exposed to OxyCide, others may experience significant respiratory problems that may not be treatable. Hospital staff and healthcare workers who suffer severe reactions following exposure to OxyCide could end up being hospitalized for their injuries and/or may be forced to leave their jobs.

Alleged Side Effects of OxyCide

  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Burning eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Skin burns and rashes
  • Headaches
  • Cracked hands and nails
  • Raw lips
  • Loss of voice
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Nose bleeds

“Oxycide contains a chemical called peracetic acid (also known as peroxyacetic acid) or PAA. PAA is a known toxin that causes serious symptoms even at low exposure levels. EcoLab was aware PAA could be dangerous upon exposure and could irritate the throat, lungs, and nose. EcoLab allegedly concealed data from internal tests and ignored multiple consumer complaints.”

What is OxyCide?

OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner is a one-step disinfectant that is commonly used in hospitals to combat Clostridium difficile (C. diff) spores, Candida auris and a variety of other pathogens. The active ingredients in OxyCide are hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid and peracetic acid, the latter of which is formed when hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid are combined. Peracetic acid is an organic compound used in numerous applications, including as a chemical disinfectant in hospitals and healthcare settings. And while peracetic acid is a versatile and effective disinfectant, it is also a known toxin and highly corrosive, and experts warn that exposure to the compound can severely irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory system. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), symptoms of acute exposure to peracetic acid range from cough and shortness of breath to labored breathing, skin redness and blisters, and “severe deep burns” in the eyes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the toxins in OxyCide may damage the liver and kidney and could pose a risk of circulatory problems and pulmonary edema.

How an OxyCide Lawsuit Can Help

An OxyCide injury lawsuit can help cover the cost of:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

History of OxyCide

Since the 2000’s, Ecolab has marketed OxyCide to hospitals and other healthcare facilities as a safe and effective daily disinfectant for killing viruses and bacteria that can lead to clostridium difficile (C. diff) colitis and other potentially dangerous infections. For years, Ecolab represented OxyCide as a safer alternative to other cleaning products, despite reports of side effects affecting healthcare workers with repeated or prolonged exposure to the disinfectant. Ecolab allegedly knew that the disinfectant posed a potential safety risk to healthcare workers but avoided recalling OxyCide or recommending specific safety measures to prevent dangerous exposure to the disinfectant, allowing hospital workers to continue using OxyCide cleaning products. Injured workers seeking compensation for skin burns, asthma-like symptoms and other side effects allege that Ecolab knew or should have known that OxyCide was dangerous yet continued marketing the product as a safe and effective disinfectant for healthcare, thereby putting the health and safety of thousands of hospital employees at risk.

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