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Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer most often caused by exposure to asbestos. It has also been linked to the use of cosmetic products that contained asbestos-tainted talcum powder.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting mesothelioma induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos or talcum powder, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: “Cashmere Bouquet” Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $13 Million

May 1, 2015 — Colgate-Palmolive Co. has been ordered to pay $13 million to a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma more than 40 years after she used “Cashmere Bouquet,” an asbestos-containing talcum powder cosmetic product. Click here to read more.

June 5, 2014 — The family of a man who died of mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos has been awarded $10.9 million by a jury in Fresno, California. Click here to read more.

June 10, 2013 — Second-Hand Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuit Awarded nearly $30 million by a jury in Oakland, California. Click here to read more.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma  is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. It most often affects the pleura (lungs and chest cavity), but can also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) and the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart). Over 70% of cases are associated with asbestos exposure.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral that has been used since ancient times for insulation and other purposes. Under a microscope, it looks like a bundle of needle-like splinters or soft fibers. The first scientific studies linking asbestos and cancer were published in the 1960s. By the 1970s, the use of asbestos in cosmetic products, baby powders, talcum powder, and insulation dropped off sharply. Today, asbestos is classified as a known human carcinogen.

Talcum Powder and Mesothelioma

Talc is a mineral that is similar to asbestos. Both minerals are sometimes found in the same mines. Before the 1970s, it was not unusual for cosmetic products to contain asbestos-tainted talcum powder. For example, Cashmere Bouquet contained up to 20% asbestos in a study from 1976. When people dusted themselves with these powders, microscopic particles of asbestos can be released into the air and inhaled. Deep inside the lungs, asbestos is extremely irritating and can even penetrate to the outer lining of the lungs. Eventually, this irritation increases the risk of cancer, including mesothelioma.

Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma

  • chest wall pain
  • fluid surrounding the lung (pleural effusion)
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • dry cough
  • abdominal pain
  • abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • a mass in the abdomen
  • unintended weight loss

Diagnosis

It is common for the development of mesothelioma to occur 20 or sometimes even 40 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult because symptoms related to the cancer are shared by more common but less devastating diseases. One can sometimes diagnose through X-rays, CAT scans, or MRIs. Definite diagnosis is usually confirmed through fluid diagnosis or tissue biopsy.

Do I Have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting mesothelioma induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos or talcum powder, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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