Johnson & Johnson has long been one of the country’s most respected companies, and their iconic baby powder is one of the most trusted products on the market, but since accusations that the talc-based powder is responsible for both malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, the company’s fortunes have changed dramatically – and the trend downwards is expected to continue. There have been whispers about Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder causing illness for a while, but in the last two years victims have come forward and pursued legal action, and many of them have won enormous victories in court. The most notable of these is a $4.69 billion that they were told to pay to 22 women who blamed their powder for their ovarian counter, and there have been other verdicts for millions around the country. Perhaps most notably, there are over 10,000 more cases pending, and the more of these cases are decided against Johnson & Johnson’s, the more likely other victims will be to step forward seeking compensation for their suffering.
Month: December 2018
Charley Edenfield died of malignant mesothelioma after almost forty years of working for an adhesive plant. Though the company changed hands several times during his tenure, one thing remained a constant: one of the materials that Charley worked with was asbestos that had been supplied by Union Carbide. Today, more than seven years after his death, his wife is seeking justice in the form of financial compensation from Union Carbide.
Most mesothelioma victims are older men who were exposed to asbestos in labor-heavy occupational settings. They worked in factories and shipyards, in construction and high-heat manufacturing environments where asbestos was used to provide greater strength and protection from heat and flame. But now there’s a whole new class of mesothelioma victims being identified, and their asbestos exposure comes from a far different source: an increasing number of asbestos victims are identifying the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder as the source of their illness, and a report published by Reuter’s is shining a light on that product and many other talc-base products that may have been contaminated by asbestos and put people at risk.
If you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you’ve probably been told that you have a limited amount of time left to live. That being the case, the idea of submitted to genetic testing may feel unnecessary. After all, what difference does your genetic profile make at this point? According to noted mesothelioma specialist and director of thoracic oncology at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, it can make an enormous difference, and potentially add years to your overall survival time. read more
In the days prior to the 1980s, before it was known that asbestos caused malignant mesothelioma and other serious illnesses, workers were put at risk without their knowledge and without proper protections. Today, as the world has learned that asbestos is carcinogenic, construction workers and others in occupational settings with known exposure to asbestos are offered protections, including respirators, specialized clothing, and constant air quality testing. But according to information obtained through a Freedom of Information request, the employees at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service hospitals work in environments that are just as contaminated with asbestos as those that are thought of as requiring protection, and the same is true in the nation’s school buildings too. read more
In the long history of America’s military, the rare and deadly form of cancer known as malignant mesothelioma plays an outsized and tragic role. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a material that was widely used by the military in building its military bases, its ships, its vehicles and planes, and more. The Armed Forces ordered asbestos to be incorporated in countless applications specifically because it hoped that the material would provide its service men and women with additional, fortified protection against heat and flame. Unfortunately, the mineral was later revealed to be a highly toxic carcinogen, and one third of America’s mesothelioma victims are military veterans. Though the majority of the asbestos in place has been removed over the forty years since asbestos’ dangers were made known, what is still in place presents a constant danger. At one base in South Korea, the issue is managed by a special in-house team that has dedicated itself to asbestos removal and the protection of troops who are currently serving. read more
A man diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer has filed lawsuits against numerous manufacturing companies, accusing them of knowingly exposing him and his fellow service members to the deadly carcinogenic material during his years of service to the country. Though the plaintiff is now living in Arizona, his case is being heard in the New York Supreme Court based on the exposure having taken place in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. read more