Mesothelioma Diagnosis on a Tablet With a StethoscopeAsbestos exposure is the most common cause of mesothelioma. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 80% of people with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. Most of these people worked in industries where asbestos was common and developed mesothelioma decades after exposure, but work-related asbestos exposure is not the only type of asbestos exposure

Study Finds Talcum Powder Containing Asbestos Can Cause Mesothelioma

In October 2019, researchers published the results of a case study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The researchers studied 33 people with mesothelioma who had only been exposed to asbestos through talcum powder use. They had no occupational exposure to asbestos.

The study showed that 6 of the 33 people had tissue testing completed. The tissue in all six people had fibers of the type of asbestos found in cosmetic talcum powder. These asbestos fibers are inconsistent with the kind of asbestos found in other industries.

The study found that mesothelioma can develop from exposure to asbestos in talcum powder. Accordingly, researchers encouraged health care professionals to ask about talcum powder use for all patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Important Study for People Suffering Mesothelioma

Most cancers do not have a definite cause. You may never know, for example, why you develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or breast cancer. These conditions can be caused by family history, environmental factors, or other things.

Mesothelioma, however, is different. Since mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos, you may know why you have cancer, and the recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine may provide you and your attorney with relevant evidence if you file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the asbestos found in the company’s talcum-based baby powder caused your mesothelioma. Courts, however, may or may not be persuaded by the study since the study only included 33 subjects.

Things to Talk About With Your Baby Powder Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you have mesothelioma and your only significant exposure to asbestos was talcum powder, then this study may be interesting to you. As you consider whether or not to pursue a talcum powder mesothelioma injury case against Johnson & Johnson, it is essential to talk about scientific evidence and your possible asbestos exposure with an experienced mass tort lawyer.

Specifically, you should talk to an attorney about:

  • How you used talcum-based baby powder
  • How long you used talcum-based baby powder
  • Whether you always used Johnson & Johnson baby powder
  • When you were diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • Your mesothelioma treatment and prognosis
  • Whether you, or someone with whom you lived, had occupational exposure to asbestos
  • How a baby powder injury case works
  • How your lawyer will be paid
  • What damages you may recover in a baby powder mass tort case
  • How other baby powder mesothelioma cases have been resolved

These topics will allow a lawyer to provide you with a thorough and accurate evaluation of your case and will provide you with the vital information that you need to decide whether or not you want to pursue a claim.

Don’t Delay Talking to a Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer

Your case is important, and you need to hire an attorney you trust to represent you. Meet face to face with a local mass tort lawyer so that you are sure that you are comfortable with the person who may be representing you. If you have developed mesothelioma or if your loved died from mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-based baby powder and you live in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire, then we encourage you to contact Keefe Disability Law for an honest case evaluation.

Johnson & Johnson is aggressively defending itself in baby powder cancer cases, and you deserve a lawyer who is going to fight hard for your fair recovery of past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages. Call us or start a live chat with us now to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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