It is probably going to be hard for a lot of people to grasp that a consumer product that has been considered so safe that is used on babies can actually cause serious health problems. But that is exactly what has been recently established in the annals of science and law.
In fairness, the health effects of talcum powder have been suspected for more than forty years, and the first study suggesting a link between its genital use and ovarian cancer was published as far back as 1971. Talcum powder manufacturers–primarily Johnson & Johnson (J&J) which came out with its iconic Johnson’s baby powder in 1893–stated that there was insufficient evidence to establish a link between the product and the disease. Other studies followed, some investigating the relationship between talcum powder use and lung cancer and various pulmonary disorders, others looking at genital use the same way as the 1971 study. It soon became evident that talc was in a fair way of going the way of asbestos as an insidious purveyor of death.
Talcum powder is produced from drying and milling hydrous magnesium silicate, the softest known mineral on the planet. It is often found in or around asbestos ore deposits and prior to 1970 when it became a big no-no in the consumer market because it caused health problems, talcum powder may have contained asbestos. Today, asbestos is meticulously removed from commercial-grade talc. However, the problem is not with asbestos but with the talc itself, which when reduced to the fine powder we associate with baby powder is persistent in tissue. Talc particles that make its way to the lungs through inhalation takes up to 8 years to dissolve.
The health effects of talcum powder as indicated in numerous studies have also been established in law. In 2013, a South Dakota jury found for the plaintiff ovarian cancer victim Deane Berg in a talcum powder lawsuit against J&J, confirming the claim that J&J was negligent for not including the potential risk of ovarian cancer with genital use of talcum powder in its labels. If you believe that you are in the same boat as Berg, you need to take control of the situation. Consult with a proactive talcum powder lawyer as soon as possible to file your case.
In many countries, the alarming increase of health conditions involving a deadly type of cancer, called mesothelioma, has become noticeable, making any attempt to simply dismiss it as an unwise move. Mesothelioma is a chronic, lethal cancer; it can take decades before it becomes manifest, showing its symptoms only at a time when it can no longer be treated.
This deadly cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, a miracle substance, as has been considered by many, due to its high elasticity and resistance to chemicals, electricity, heat and fire; it was also easy to use, much cheaper and definitely abundant. Its highly remarkable usefulness made asbestos a substance used in many parts of the world, especially during the mid of the 20th century. It was used or mixed to make hot water piping, gaskets, insulators, brakes and clutches, steam pipes, boilers, turbines, generators, cement and so many other things.
While anyone today, even those in offices or in the comforts of their homes, may be exposed to asbestos (due to construction materials, furniture or appliances to which asbestos was partly used), there were certain types of workers who, many years ago, were exposed to asbestos on a daily basis and who are now suffering from the consequences of such exposure. Many of these workers were construction workers, processing plant workers, miners, electricians, plumbers, shipyard workers, firefighters, auto workers and machinists.
Despite the fact that the dangers of asbestos, as causing lung damage and disease, were already known as early as 1964 or that the ruling in the first asbestos lawsuit that was filed in 1969 became a landmark decision in asbestos-related litigations in the US, as well as earned for the plaintiff Clarence Borel $1 million in damages, the harmful substance continued to be produced, used and even exported to many other countries.
Taking after the success of Clarence Borel (who died before the case was decided in 1973 on his behalf), workers suffering from mesothelioma, due to exposure to asbestos, have resorted to tort litigation in order to obtain the compensation (for their injuries) that they are legally allowed to receive. In 2002, asbestos claimants numbered to 730,000 and the companies sued to 8,400. In 2013, the number of companies defending against claimants grew beyond 10,000.
Many companies where today’s mesothelioma victims worked for decades ago have already closed down or gone bankrupt. Going after them can be a tremendous task without the help of highly experienced asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers; thus, victims and their families should seek their help for a better chance of getting the compensation allowed by the law.