A recent study published in TIME may provide the first definite assertion that talcum powder contaminated with asbestos could be linked to mesothelioma. The TIME mesothelioma study has received a high level of praise and scrutiny in equal measure for the potential effect it could have on tens of thousands of pending lawsuits.
The Legitimacy of The TIME Mesothelioma Study
According to experts, the TIME mesothelioma study is the first case series to identify that cosmetic talcum powder tainted with asbestos is the cause of malignant mesothelioma in individuals who have only been exposed to cosmetic-grade talc. From its outset, the TIME mesothelioma study knew what it could be. The researchers designed the study to mirror the causal asbestos study conducted by J.C. Wagner in 1960 that identified mesothelioma was caused by environmental factors.
Additionally, the language of the TIME mesothelioma study was extremely specific in order to provide the clearest evidence for the mesothelioma-talcum powder link. Researchers described the 33 individuals examined as “women, who had no known exposure to asbestos other than prolonged use of talcum powder.”
The researchers also described the data gathering process. Data was taken from individuals’ medical records, deposition transcripts, sworn testimony, medical diagnosis, review of pathology reports, clinical course, and the information was reviewed by occupational physicians “with experience evaluating asbestos exposure in thousands of patients” in addition to the research team.
Of the 33 cases, all of whom were “rigorously examined” in the TIME mesothelioma study, six were chosen to showcase the findings of the researchers. The reason these cases were chosen by the research teams was “the six case histories detailed years or decades of talcum powder use as well as tissue analysis that showed asbestos present in either tumor tissue or lymph nodes. In all six cases, asbestos fibers consistent with those identified as contaminants in repeated laboratory testing of talcum powder samples across several institutions.”
While it is only a single study, the thoroughness and explicit statement of causation, in addition to having numerous third party reviews along the way, makes the TIME mesothelioma study a powerful ally to plaintiffs in the ongoing litigation of talcum powder lawsuits. Professor Steve Gold of Rutgers Law School and specialist in toxic and hazardous substances told TIME reporters that “If a credible physician and researcher is willing to testify and has published that these individual cancers appear to be caused by asbestos exposure from talcum powder, that’s evidence that is usually not available to plaintiffs.”
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How The TIME Mesothelioma Study Affects Litigation
The results of the TIME mesothelioma study have stated that the researchers have unequivocally proven that talcum powder tainted with asbestos can cause mesothelioma in individuals. If this conclusion is presented as part of the tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging that tainted talc from major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, it could provide plaintiffs with significant scientific grounding to their claims. If you or a loved one have developed mesothelioma after using talc products, you may be entitled to compensation. To acquire that compensation, you will need a dedicated and experienced legal firm to represent you. That firm is Parker Waichman LLP.
At Parker Waichman LLP, teams of experienced trial attorneys are prepared to pursue your case to its utmost conclusion to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve. Don’t wait. Contact Parker Waichman today for a free consultation.
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