A lawsuit that is about to be heard in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas may mark a real turning point in mesothelioma lawsuits and asbestos litigation. The case involves a woman who was exposed to asbestos through talcum powder that she and her family used in their home. If her lawsuit is successful in getting the compensation that she seeks, it is expected that there will be many more similar lawsuits filed against household product manufacturers in the future.
Mesothelioma has traditionally been thought to be a strictly occupational disease. There have been more men diagnosed with the fatal form of cancer than women, and in most cases their exposure has come from their workplaces. Trades that have been associated with the use of asbestos include factory workers, construction workers, and any other profession where protection from heat or additional strength have been needed. The product is widely known to provide excellent insulation from heat and flame. However, in recent years there have been growing concerns about the fact that asbestos mines are often adjacent to talc mines, and that talc – which is use in cosmetics, children’s toys, and other household products – is frequently contaminated with the deadly carcinogen.
There have been a number of successful lawsuits seeking compensation for ovarian cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in talc that women used to promote vaginal dryness, and more recently several lawsuits have attributed cases of malignant mesothelioma to the use of the product. A New York jury recently awarded a mesothelioma victim $16.5 million after the use of talcum powder, and in California a talc supplier was told to pay over $18 million to a man diagnosed with the disease after having been exposed to talc in the barber shop where his father had worked. In that California case, the supplier faced the possibility of being accused of acting with malice in having marketed its product as being asbestos-free, despite not having adequately tested it to determine whether that was true.
Asbestos cases are often heard in the Philadelphia court, and if Mrs. Brandt’s case is successful in winning her the compensation that she seeks, it is likely to create a likelihood of many more cases of talcum powder-related mesothelioma being filed in the future. If you have mesothelioma, we can help you determine its source and seek justice from those who are responsible. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244 for more information.