Tanning Bed Lawsuits: Indoor Tanning in North Carolina
Indoor tanning from sunlamps and tanning beds use ultraviolet lights to give customers a trendy tanned appearance. UV radiation from natural and artificial sources increases one’s risk of developing skin cancer. Tanning bed lawsuits have stemmed over the years from negligent manufacturers and tanning salon owners who fail to clearly display or notify consumers about the harmful radiation they are voluntarily choosing to damage their body with.
A big problem with tanning is that it’s a habit picked up by teenagers who are permanently damaging the skin they will have for the rest of their lives. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation increases a person’s chances of developing the most life-threatening form of skin cancer, melanoma, by 75 percent, according to the Melanoma Research Foundation.
The 2012 Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act was proposed to the state legislature; if passed, it will ban anyone under the age 18 from tanning. Warnings at salons would need to meet certain criteria and censorship would be placed on promotions and advertising. The bill is currently being kept on the table for 2013, according to the NC Dermatology Association.
How can you tell if you have melanoma? See a dermatologist to have your skin checked and biopsied if you notice:
- Irregular borders on moles.
- Moles that are changing shape or color.
- New moles.
How can you file a lawsuit against a NC tanning salon? There needs to be evidence that your skin cancer developed as a result of a tanning salon’s failure to advise you of the increased risk in skin cancer. If you have proof that you were harmed because of a tanning bed, you may qualify for compensation for all of your injuries and losses.
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