Louisville Talc Powder Mesothelioma Attorney

Talc is a common additive in popular cosmetics and other household products. Although it’s been used for decades, it’s recently been under the spotlight for its links mesothelioma and other life-altering diseases, including ovarian cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, and you are a regular user of talc powder-based products, please contact the compassionate personal injury lawyers in Louisville at Meinhart & Manning, PLLC to explore your legal options for compensation.

What Is Talc?

Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of magnesium silicate and is commonly used as talcum powder – the main ingredient of consumer baby powder. The use of talc is popular among parents due to its softness, lubrication, and moisture-absorbing properties. Talc has been known to help and avoid diaper rashes, chafing, and even an alternative to dry-shampoo.

Although it is most commonly found in baby powders, it can also be found as an additive in other products such as latex gloves to prevent sticking and promote proper fit.

What Are the Risks of Talc?

There have been recent risks suggested due to heavy use of talcum-powder-based products such as baby powder. The two most serious risks involve different forms of cancer: ovarian cancer & mesothelioma.

  • Studies have suggested a correlation between prolonged application of talc powder to genital regions and ovarian cancer. However, there has yet to be a definitive link between the two, with much dispute as to its validity as a carcinogen. Perhaps the most notable debate stems from the fact that the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that talc powder may be a carcinogen, while the American Cancer Society maintains that the risks are not clear.
  • Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s inner lining, is a recent concern that has come about in regard to talc powder use. Multiple lawsuits against notable baby powder companies have alleged that years of baby powder use has led to mesothelioma due to trace amounts of asbestos in the product. Because asbestos is also composed of magnesium silicate, it is often found alongside talc in mines – theoretically causing contamination of the talc.

If you are in a similar situation, please contact the attorneys at Meinhart & Manning, PLLC for a free consultation.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits & Talc Powder Product Liability

To date, there have been multiple lawsuits alleging the link between talc powder and cancer. In California, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $21.9 million in compensatory damages to a 68-year-old woman who claimed that she developed mesothelioma due to decades of baby powder use.

While the suit doesn’t indicate Johnson & Johnson directly caused the illness among plaintiffs, it was a product liability trial illustrating that the company failed to adequately warn consumers of potential risks associated with the product.

Federal labeling regulations require all companies, including Johnson & Johnson, to notify its consumers of any and all potential risks involved in using a product. Any company in the United States that fails to properly do so is subject to a product liability lawsuit.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Most of the early symptoms of mesothelioma can replicate those caused by other conditions, so it is not uncommon for people to initially ignore or mistake them for common, minor illness’. Many individuals who have mesothelioma have symptoms for months before being properly diagnosed.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma include:

  • Pain in the lower back or chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarsness
  • Swelling of the face and arms

Contact Us Today for an Experienced Talc Powder Attorney

If you’ve contracted mesothelioma and have a history of heavy talc powder use, contact the experienced attorneys of Meinhart & Manning, PLLC immediately for a free case evaluation. We understand that this may be an exceedingly tough time, so we work hard to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible. We have the knowledge to build a strong, the skills to argue our case, and the experience to take on even the largest corporations with composure. Located in Louisville, our skilled lawyers serve all residents in the city and all throughout Kentucky.