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Tainted Tattoo Ink Causing Painful Skin Infections

What Happened:

Nineteen people in Rochester, New York (NY), who wanted to get brand new tattoos instead ended up with bubbly rashes.  In the past year, there have been 22 confirmed cases and more than 30 suspected cases of the skin infection caused by a bacterial cousin of tuberculosis named Mycobacterium chelonae.  The bacteria can cause itchy and painful pus-filled blisters that can take months to clear up, and involve treatment with harsh antibiotics with unpleasant side effects. 

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

As an experienced Virginia (VA) Defective and Faulty Products attorney I know that to have a case you must be able to prove the product was unreasonably dangerous or defective, you were injured from use of the defective product, and the injury was caused by the defect in the product.  The infection was not caused by dirty needles or the tattoo artist.  Instead the infections have been traced back to ink or water used to dilute the ink. Tattoo artists and ink makers should use only sterile water to dilute ink, health officials advise.

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My colleagues and I publish a free guide for victims of Defective and Faulty Products and Dangerous Drugs that offers preliminary advice about what to do if you or a family member is harmed by a defective product or dangerous drug.  You should also consult with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.

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