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Talc Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Talc Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Cosmetic products containing asbestos-tainted talcum powder have been linked to an increased risk of mesothelioma, an aggressive type of lung cancer that is often deadly.

What You Can Do & How a Talc Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting talc powder induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with mesothelioma, 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.

Jury Awards $13 Million in Talc Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

April 2015 — A woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma over 40 years after she used an asbestos-tainted cosmetic product containing talcum powder.

The woman, Judith Winkel, used Cashmere Bouquet until the mid-1970s. Her attorneys convinced a jury in Los Angeles that the manufacturer was negligent for selling the product with talcum powder that came from asbestos-contaminated mines. The jury awarded Winkel and her husband nearly $13 million against Colgate-Palmolive, the Associated Press reports.

Does Talc Contain Asbestos?

Sometimes. Talc and asbestos are both silicates, but they have different crystalline structures. They often naturally occur in the same mineral deposits. Before the 1970s, it was not uncommon for talc products to also contain small amounts of asbestos. Even today, the FDA cannot prove that most or all talc-containing cosmetics are asbestos-free.

Does Asbestos-Tainted Talc Cause Mesothelioma?

Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Under a microscope, fibers of asbestos look like needle-like splinters or bundles of twisted fibers. When these fibers are inhaled, they get trapped in the bottom part of the lungs. Eventually, they can become embedded in the lungs and cause inflammation. This can lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Studies Linking Talc and Mesothelioma

October 2014 — A study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health traced fibers of asbestos from a contaminated talcum mine into a cosmetic product that was used by a woman who developed mesothelioma.

Researchers also conducted experiments to show that dangerous amounts of asbestos can be inhaled when talcum powder is dusted in a confined space, such as a bathroom. They warned:

“The inhalation of talc may cause lung fibrosis in the form of granulomatose nodules called talcosis. Exposure to talc has also been suggested as a causative factor in the development of ovarian carcinomas, gynecological tumors, and mesothelioma.”

Mesothelioma Information

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining around the lungs, stomach, heart, and other abdominal organs. Most cases are associated with asbestos exposure. The disease has a long latency — up to 40 years in some cases — but 60% of cases are fatal within the first year of diagnosis.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma

  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful breathing
  • Chest wall pain
  • Excess fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion)
  • Fever
  • Excess sweating
  • Unexplained weight-loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heart murmur
  • And more

Do I have a Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting talc powder induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with mesothelioma, 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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