The link between asbestos and various cancers has been well documented over the past 50 years. Industrial workers handling materials containing asbestos fibers have suffered greatly, acquiring serious and even terminal illnesses from lung cancer, to asbestosis and mesothelioma. Who knew that talcum powder, marketed for its hygiene benefits to consumers worldwide for decades contained enough of this toxic asbestos to create a significant cancer risk? Apparently, Johnson & Johnson was aware.
Last October, a woman who developed ovarian cancer after years of consistent talc use on or around her genitals won a $70 million lawsuit, where $65 million of the settlement was awarded as punitive damages. According to Law360, Johnson & Johnson had callously joked in emails about talc causing ovarian cancer in women who consistently used their product and even took steps to falsify medical records to hide the connection.
Two other lawsuits similar in nature saw Johnson & Johnson losing $72 million and $55 million respectively. Both again were women citing the link between their ovarian cancer diagnosis and their usage of talcum powder.
More recently, however, the talc lawsuit has grown even more deadly with claims that the talcum powder is responsible for mesothelioma, a very rare terminal cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Previously associated almost exclusively with construction and factory workers, mesothelioma is now possible in trades where talcum powder is airborne, like barber shops.
Philip Depoian, 68, of West Hills, CA, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015 claiming his exposure to asbestos over several decades while hanging out in his family’s barbershop beginning in 1948. No other exposure to asbestos could be found but the meso diagnosis was real. This opens up the talc claims now to both men and women.
Although the talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson typically was for ovarian cancer in women and did not include other types of cancers in both men and women, talc claimants linking colon cancer, colo-rectal cancer, uterine cancer, and even testicular cancers may be just around the corner.
It’s clear that sustained exposure to asbestos found in talcum powder can be cancerous. Now that we understand that airborne talc can potentially cause lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma if breathed there is a much wider range of possible ways a person could be exposed and suffer injuries. Even today, talc can be found to be used in plastics, ceramics, paint, paper, cosmetics, roofing, rubber and many other products.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other type of cancer that you believe could be the result of talcum powder exposure, call our law firm today. We have done our research and are well equipped to assist you and your family in this difficult time. We can help you deal with the impact that the cancer has on you and your family and will fight for your right to just compensation.
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Talc lawsuit claims and settlements page updated on August 25, 2017