PARKER WAICHMAN LLP – TALC CANCER CLAIMS LAWYERS
A California jury recently awarded a woman and her husband $25.75 million in damages in a lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson’s popular baby powder. The plaintiffs in this case who received the favorable verdict are a husband and wife who filed suit against the baby powder maker alleging that its talc-containing baby powder products are contaminated with asbestos, a substance closely linked to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs. The woman was a bowler who used baby powder on a regular basis, both on her shoes and on her hands for many years. Experts at trial testified that the woman was exposed to asbestos-containing baby powder more than 10,000 times throughout her life before being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Most recent Johnson & Johnson trials have involved women who have developed ovarian cancer from using baby powder for hygienic purposes, with many of these women using the talc-containing products for decades. These trials have involved the talc itself, the key ingredient in baby powder. However, additional lawsuits, like the recent case in California, have alleged that not only does talc itself cause ovarian cancer, but that the baby powder products have been contaminated with asbestos, a mineral that is very similar to talc. Because of exposure to asbestos through contaminated baby powder, many people have developed mesothelioma, an irreversible and sometimes deadly cancer.
Talc and Asbestos – What You Should Know About the Link to Cancer
Talc and asbestos are both naturally occurring minerals that have similar properties and are also typically found near each other under the earth’s surface. Johnson & Johnson is well aware that both substances are similar and claims that it has taken measures to separate asbestos from talc by cleaning and purifying the material. However, because the two substances are so similar, it is difficult (and some argue impossible) to remove all asbestos from talc that is later used as a key ingredient in baby powder. As such, millions of consumers – both men and women – who have used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder products, for any purpose, may be at risk of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
The development of mesothelioma after asbestos exposure is generally not disputed. Asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma for decades. Therefore, for a person to develop mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder products over many years, and have no other known asbestos exposure, the only logical source of asbestos would be the baby powder itself. Asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and are microscopic, finding their way into a person’s lungs without notice. It usually takes decades for a person to develop mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos, with most victims having been exposed to asbestos on a regular basis over a significant period of time, much like the woman in California who suffers from mesothelioma today.
What Did Johnson & Johnson Know About Asbestos Contamination?
Lawsuits reveal that Johnson & Johnson has known for decades that its talc-containing baby powder products have been contaminated with asbestos. Despite its assertion that talc is cleaned to remove any asbestos fibers, documents admitted at trials show that Johnson & Johnson did know that asbestos had not been adequately removed from talc and continued to sell its baby powder products without warning consumers about such dangerous contamination.
By failing to inform consumers that asbestos may be present in baby powder, Johnson & Johnson willfully placed millions of people at risk of asbestos exposure, and therefore, the potential for developing mesothelioma. Many consumers use baby powder for daily needs, whether such needs are for hygiene, changing diapers, or sports like bowling. Johnson & Johnson knows that it would lose millions in sales if it had to either recall its asbestos-contaminated baby products or at least warn consumers that asbestos may be present in its talc-containing baby powder products. When dollars are more important than safety, the consumers suffer the consequences in the form of permanent and potentially deadly health conditions like mesothelioma and other cancers.
Contact Parker Waichman LLP Today to Schedule Your Free Talc Cancer Case Review
If you have developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and believe you may have been exposed to asbestos from using Johnson & Johnson baby powder products, now is the time to speak with a qualified talc cancer lawsuit lawyer about your situation. The talc and asbestos cancer claims lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP represent clients from all across the country, fighting to help them receive compensation for their pain and suffering. To learn more about your legal options, contact our office today by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to schedule your free consultation.
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