The product liability team at Penningtons Manches LLP has been instructed to investigate a potential claim against H&M on behalf of a young woman who purchased Halloween face stickers from the well-known retailer in October 2016.
The product in question contained three glittery self-adhesive stickers and faceted plastic beads for use on the face. On this occasion, it presented the image of three small bats. Penningtons Manches’ client applied the stickers to her face as directed and left them on in order to go trick-or-treating. The stickers were removed a few hours later. Shortly afterwards, she began to develop red burn marks on her face which were the exact shape of the bat images on the sticker. Despite several months having passed, she remains scarred.
Charlene McAuliffe, an associate in the product liability team at Penningtons Manches, said: “We are still at the early stages of investigating this case, which has sadly left our client feeling very concerned about the potential permanency of the scars as well as extremely self-conscious. Investigations to date imply that there may be a link between the development of the scars and the ink used within the stickers, although it is too early to be definite at this stage. We would recommend that members of the public who are concerned about a similar situation should obtain legal advice.”