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Lawsuit Involving Mesothelioma from Talc to be Heard in Philadelphia

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It is most typically associated with trades such as construction and factory work, which ave put workers in close proximity to the mineral known for protecting against heat and adding strength. But asbestos’ use has been much more widespread than originally realized, and it has contaminated many more products than first thought. One area of growing concern is the fact that talc used in household cosmetic products is often sourced from the same mines as asbestos, and this has led to a number of mesothelioma diagnoses in people who innocently used talcum powder in their own homes. Now a talc-related mesothelioma lawsuit is about to be heard in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas’ asbestos program. This marks a first, and may indicate that there will be many more mesothelioma lawsuits involving cosmetic powder in the future.

The talc-related mesothelioma case is being filed by Sally Brandt, a woman who used Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder between 1954 and 1970. She developed mesothelioma and is seeking compensation from the companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of the product as a result. Her lawsuit followed similar cases that have been filed over the last few years. Though talcum powder cases have most commonly involved ovarian cancer from women having used the product in the vaginal area, there have been a number of successful asbestos litigations tying talcum powder to mesothelioma. In 2013, $1.6 million was awarded by a New Jersey jury, while last October a California jury awarded a victim $18 million. Most recently, there was a $16.5 million verdict provided to a victim with mesothelioma in New York. Sally Brandt’s case is thought to be the first case filed in the state of Pennsylvania.

Now that it has become more widely understood that mesothelioma could be caused by exposure to asbestos found in talcum powder, mesothelioma attorneys have many more questions to ask clients seeking representation. Where once their inquiries focused almost exclusively on workplace exposures or whether family members had worked with the toxic mineral, there is now a wider range of possibilities for where a person could have been exposed. Though the makes of Cashmere Bouquet argue that their product’s original design did not include asbestos and that it may have been added later at the manufacturing stage, it is anticipated that they will still be held responsible.

If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there are many questions that need to be answered about how you got the disease, as well as how best to treat it and deal with its impact on your life. The Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net are well versed in all of the latest data and resources available to you. Contact us today at 1-800-692-8608.

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