People on social media have used lead testing kits to check whether their Stanley cups (and other travel drinking cups) contain lead. These testing kits confirmed that the Stanley travel cups as well as drinking cups of other brands contain lead.
Stanley confirmed this. According to Pacific Market International (PMI), the manufacturers of Stanley cups, lead is used within the tumblers to ensure vacuum insulation; the lead is covered by a stainless steel layer that protects consumers from exposure to the lead. Reportedly, once sealed, the lead is inaccessible to consumers. They claim that there is no lead present on the surfaces of the Stanley cups that come into contact with liquid contents or with the consumer. Still, consumers are well aware of the dangerous associated with lead, so they have been cautious ever since this information was confirmed.
If you believe that you suffered lead poisoning due to your Stanley cup, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The lead poisoning lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your rights and pursue a claim. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact us today.
About the Stanley Cups
Over the last few years, Stanley cups have increased in popularity. Sure, the brand has been around for many years. However, these cups have gone viral time and time again on social media. It all started because the cups were among the few travel cups that fit into car cup holders. Over time, these travel cups have become more of a status symbol. Many people on social media show off their collections – some have hundreds, if not more, of cups in different colors and sizes. These cups are so popular that they sell out almost immediately whenever there are new releases. Young children have also been influenced by social media and their peers and have added these cups to their wish lists and have even been bullied for not having the latest cup.
Is the Threat of Lead Poisoning from Stanley Cups Real?
According to research director Jane Houlihan with the Healthy Babies, Bright Futures organization dedicated to reducing babies’ exposure to neurotoxic chemicals, there is likely no lead exposure risk to consumers if the cup stays intact; however, there is a risk if the bottom seal comes off. She claims that considering that lead is so toxic, there should be no chances taken whatsoever. She also states that the company has a safety problem that they are passing on to their consumers – as consumers have to keep their cups intact to avoid the dangers of lead exposure.
Although these manufacturers claim that their cups are safe to use, the truth is that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Over time, these cups can become damaged and the bottom seal can come off, resulting in lead exposure. Even very low levels of lead can be dangerous – especially in infants and young children. In adults, low levels of lead may not be initially dangerous, but prolonged exposure of low levels of lead and/or exposure to high levels of lead can be very dangerous.
Although the company has tried to reassure consumers that the threat of lead exposure is not significant, it is important that consumers take this seriously. Even more so, it is important that the manufacturers of these cups act to remove the lead from their products to avoid future exposure.
Examples of Other Cups Recalled Due to Lead
Stanley is just the latest brand that has been known to use lead in their drinking cups. Other brand products that have been recalled in the past due to lead in their products include the following:
- Tiblue Stainless Steel Children’s Cups
- Klickpick Home Children’s Cup Sets
- PandaEar Stainless Steel Children’s Cup
- Laoion Stainless Steel Cups
All of these products were recalled because they contained levels of lead that exceeded the federal lead content ban – which is 100 parts per million.
Understanding the Dangers Associated with Lead Exposure
Lead poisoning occurs due to exposure to lead, whether its prolonged exposure to low levels or a short exposure to high levels of lead. Lead poisoning can be difficult to detect for a few reasons. Primarily, symptoms might not start until dangerous levels of lead have accumulated in the blood. Also, symptoms can often be confused for other more common illnesses.
In children, lead poisoning can present the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Pica (eating things that are not food)
- Hearing loss
- Developmental delays
- Learning difficulties
Babies that are exposed to lead before their birth can also be affected. They may experience the following symptoms:
- Premature birth
- Lower birth weight
- Slowed growth
Exposure before birth can also indicate that exposure will continue, so further harm can occur.
What about lead poisoning in adults? Adults that experience lead poisoning may suffer from the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain and muscle pain
- High blood pressure
- Mood disorders
- In men, reduced sperm count as well as abnormal sperm
- In pregnant women, miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth can occur
In babies and children, the greatest risk is to the brain – as the brain is still developing. If there are issues with brain development early on, there could be irreversible damage that can result in delays and learning difficulties. In both children and adults, high levels of lead exposure can damage the kidneys as well as the nervous system. In severe cases, affected parties may suffer seizures, unconsciousness, and death.
Can I Sue for Lead Poisoning?
Yes – you could have the right to sue if you or a member of your family suffered lead poisoning. If the lead poisoning occurred as a result of unsafe levels of lead in a product, like a Stanley drinking cup, you could actually sue the company. You could sue based on the concept of product liability, which states that companies must ensure that their products are completely safe to be released to consumers. They must test and inspect their products to ensure that they meet all safety standards and are safe for consumers. If they fail to ensure that their products are safe, they can be liable for all harm associated with their products.
In other words, if a Stanley cup results in lead exposure and consumers suffer lead poisoning, the product manufacturer – PMI – could be sued. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit against PMI for lead poisoning caused by Stanley cups, contact us today. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.
Can I Recover Compensation for My Lead Poisoning Case?
If you or a member of your family suffered lead poisoning associated with a Stanley cup, you could have the right to recover compensation. Depending on the details surrounding your claim, you could potentially be awarded compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Here at our law firm, our team is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights and recover the maximum compensation available. Our lead poisoning experts are committed to getting our clients justice for the harm that they suffered and making sure that that they are awarded the highest payout available.
If you have any questions related to compensation, including the average value of lead poisoning claims, the possible value of your Stanley lead poisoning claim, or the time that it could take to settle or resolve your claim, contact us today. Our experts are ready to answer all your questions.
What Should I Do?
If you or a member of your family suffered lead poisoning due to a Stanley cup, consider some of the following recommendations:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Stop using the Stanley cup
- Report the incident to the company
- Do not agree to return the product for a refund, a repair, etc.
- Do not sign anything provided by the company
- Do not agree to any sort of compensation
Gather all relevant medical records
Gather proof of purchase (including receipts, order numbers, confirmation numbers, shipping emails, etc.)
Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
If you ever find yourself unsure of what to do next, contact us as soon as possible. Our lawyers are experts on product liability law and are ready to guide you every step of the way.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
We understand why these drinking cups are so popular; however, we believe that the company should definitely be doing more to protect their consumers from potential harm. If you or a member of your family suffered lead poisoning as a result of the Stanley drinking cups, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. You could also have the right to recover compensation. If you are ready to speak with a lawyer and explore your legal options, contact us today.
Our team is proud to offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns – making sure that you have access to all the information that you need to either begin your claim or redirect your claim if you have already started the claim elsewhere. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee Guarantee ensures that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, our law firm works on contingency, so our clients will not be required to pay anything unless they win their claims.
If you are ready to speak with our Stanley lead poisoning lawyers, contact us today.