Talcum Baby Powder Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer that may be related to use of talcum baby powder products, you have legal rights and options. There is evidence that talcum powder may contribute to ovarian cancer in women who used the products regularly for years and that there may be asbestos contamination in the powders that has contributed to mesothelioma in some users.
A talcum baby powder lawyer can help you figure out if you have a case against the manufacturer of a baby powder product you used for years, or any of the companies involved in mining and processing the talc that went into it. A good lawyer will be able to gather evidence, rely on experts, and make the best possible case to help you increase your chances of being successful in a settlement or in a trial if it goes that far.
Baby Powder and Cancer
Baby powder is a product made using talc, a natural mineral that is mined and processed to make a number of hygiene and beauty products. Talc is soft and when ground down to a fine powder is useful for reducing friction and absorbing moisture. This has made it a popular material for use in baby powders used to absorb sweat, keep skin dry, and prevent rashes.
There is evidence that talc can contain traces of asbestos, also a natural mineral. Any talcum powder that contains fibers of asbestos could be dangerous because it is easy to accidentally inhale the powder. The fibers in the lungs lodge in tissues and cause damage that can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive type of cancer that is difficult to treat. Regulations put in place in the 1970s are supposed to ensure that talcum powder products contain no asbestos, but studies have found that even recent samples may be contaminated.
Another cancer connection with baby powder is ovarian cancer. Many women use talcum powder in the genital area and studies have shown that women who use it this way are at a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Some studies have even found particles of talc inside ovaries and ovarian tumors.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Victims of mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, who used baby powder products regularly and for years, or even decades, are very sick and have to struggle now with treatments, symptoms, and medical expenses, among other issues. Many of these victims have chosen to rely on talcum powder lawyers to help them file lawsuits and get justice and compensation.
Some of these people have been successful and have won against huge companies, particularly Johnson & Johnson. One recent verdict came down in favor of the plaintiff, Stephen Lanzo, in New Jersey. Lanzo used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades and developed mesothelioma. He and his lawyers made the case that the product contained asbestos and that this caused him to get sick. Crucial in the case was the fact that his lawyer found evidence in the form of internal memos from the company from the 1960s. These proved that the company knew that asbestos could be a problem in their products and that they failed to warn consumers of the risks. The jury awarded Lanzo $117 million.
Another recent case that just finished in California was also successful for the plaintiff also involved asbestos and mesothelioma. In this case the jury awarded Joanne Anderson $21.7 million. Johnson & Johnson was found to be responsible for 67 percent of the award. The other defendants were talc suppliers.
In addition to these individual cases there are also class action lawsuits beginning against Johnson & Johnson over cases of ovarian cancer. A group of 22 women are just beginning their lawsuit in Missouri, while another group has just been given the go-ahead to start a class action suit in Quebec in Canada.
How a Talcum Baby Powder Lawyer Can Help
If you believe that your diagnosis of ovarian cancer or mesothelioma is related to use of talcum baby powder, regardless of the brand, you could have a case. The only way to proceed is to work with a talcum powder lawyer who has the expertise and experience to guide you along the way and to help you make the best decisions.
A good lawyer or legal team understands the laws that govern products liability cases and can help you sort through and make sense of them. They also have access to the experts and witnesses you need to make a case and prove that your medical condition is related to baby powder use.
Filing a lawsuit may seem like a big chore, and it will likely take years to come to a conclusion. But, by working with a talcum baby powder lawyer what you get for your efforts is the chance to seek justice. As a victim suffering with a preventable illness, a sense of justice can bring peace of mind and closure. More practically, working with a good lawyer gives you a chance to get compensation that will help you cover medical expenses, future care, and the lost wages if you can no longer work.
Finding a Talcum Baby Powder Lawyer
If you do choose to work with a lawyer to decide if and how to proceed with a case, it is essential that you select a professional that has expertise in this field. Contact your state’s bar association to find lawyers that are in good standing but also to find those with the special experience you need. There are very specific laws and rules that need to be followed in cases like these, so a general practice lawyer will not be able to help you.
You need a lawyer who specializes in product liability, and if possible you need someone who has specific experience with cases involving asbestos or talcum powder. As you narrow down your options, be sure to ask specific questions about experience, the kinds of cases they have taken on before, how their settlements and trials have turned out, and even for references from past clients.
When you choose the best lawyer for your case and to guide you through this difficult legal process, you will have the greatest chance of success. Make sure you select someone, not just with the right experience, but also who you feel comfortable with and who seems to have your best interests in mind. You have to trust this lawyer and work with him or her for years to come.
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