Talcum Powder Injury
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Team of Experienced Attorneys and Paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Will Investigate Claims for Those Effected by Contaminated Talcum Powder in Buffalo, New York.
Talcum powder, or baby powder, is a common household product used to absorb moisture and to reduce friction. However, there have been multiple recalls of talcum powder in recent years because it was found to be contaminated with asbestos. The World Health Organization (WHO), states that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans and it can cause lung cancer, larynx cancer, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. The WHO states that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Talcum powder is an ingredient in many household products including:
- Baby powders;
- Body powders;
- Medicated powders;
- Perfumed powders;
- Feminine hygiene products; and
- Makeup powder, including eyeshadow, blushes and foundation.
If you, or a loved one, have used talcum powder and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma or other forms of cancer, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. at 716-839-3939. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s experienced talcum powder cancer attorneys in Buffalo, New York will investigate your claims to get you the compensation that you deserve. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has battled to secure results of $1,000,000, or more, over 33 times for personal injury claims in Buffalo, New York and beyond. Furthermore, Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as an American Institute of Trial Lawyers Litigator of the Year for his skill and success as a seasoned litigator. Jed Dietrich, Esq. is here to help you!
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral and can form alongside asbestos because they have the same geological formations. If contaminated talc is not purified, the contaminated products end up being sold and used by the unsuspecting public. Talcum powder is most often used in small amounts and over a long period of time. Therefore, it can take years for the symptoms and illnesses to develop.
The most common ways to be exposed to talcum powder include:
- Applying talcum powder to thighs, under arms and the genital area;
- Applying talcum powder to a baby’s diaper;
- Breathing in the airborne powder.
Talcum powders have frequently been marketed to women as a way to help reduce body odors, sweat and to decrease chafing. Therefore, many women have applied the talcum powder directly to their skin and underwear. When women apply powder to their underwear, genital area or thighs, the contaminated talc particles can travel into the uterus and ovaries. This can lead to ovarian or endometrial (uterine) cancer.
Similarly, while using the powder, particles are often released into the air. The talc and asbestos elements are then inhaled and the asbestos is trapped in the lungs. This can result in lung cancer, specifically, mesothelioma.
IF YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, DEVELOPED A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR CANCER AS A RESULT OF USING TALCUM POWDER PRODUCTS, CONTACT THE BUFFALO, NEW YORK TALCUM POWDER CANCER LAWYERS AT THE DIETRICH LAW FIRM P.C. IMMEDIATELY AT 716-839-3939 SO THAT WE CAN INVESTIGATE YOUR CLAIM AND DETERMINE IF YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION.
Johnson & Johnson is one of the largest producers of talcum powder products. Their popular brands that contain talc include their Baby Powder and Shower to Shower line. The company has always maintained that their talcum powder products are pure and do not contain any asbestos.
However, Reuters, an investigation news source, examined Johnson & Johnson’s documents from 1971 to the early 2000s, that stated the company’s powders tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. Therefore, the company was aware that the ingredients used in their talcum products were tainted with the carcinogen asbestos. Johnson & Johnson hid that information from the public and continued to sell their products. This resulted in thousands of lawsuits stating the talcum powder caused ovarian cancer, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
More recently, a study done by J. Steffen et al. in 2020 did research on ten women who have claims against talcum powder companies. The researchers removed tissue samples from the 10 women with ovarian cancer and found that out of ten cases, eight were found to have asbestos in their tissue samples. Furthermore, they found that when applying talcum powder to the upper or lower body, the airborne molecules can be inhaled, which can lead to lung or ovarian cancers. The asbestos particles can be trapped in the lungs and are very difficult for the human body to break down over time.
Asbestos is a mineral that is made up of many complex fibers. When asbestos gets inside the human body, the body cannot expel or break the fibers down. The asbestos fibers can then irritate surrounding cells, causing inflammation and DNA changes, which leads to a number of cancers.
The most common cancers that can be caused by asbestos exposure include:
- Pleural mesothelioma;
- Pericardial mesothelioma;
- Lung cancer;
- Peritoneal mesothelioma;
- Stomach cancer;
- Colon cancer;
- Ovarian cancer; and
- Laryngeal cancer.
The common symptoms which may signal asbestos-related cancers include:
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest pain;
- Abdominal swelling and pain;
- Digestion issues;
- Menstrual changes;
- Persistent hoarseness; and
- Difficulty swallowing.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. understand that being diagnosed with a chronic illness or cancer can be costly and stressful. We are here to help. Our law firm has been recognized as a Best Law Firm of America and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations by aggressively fighting to get them the compensation they deserve.
Our Buffalo, New York talcum powder illness attorneys and team will carefully examine your talcum powder related illness and tenaciously fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C., located in Buffalo, New York, strives to provide the highest level of personal injury service to our community and help to hold negligent companies accountable. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 716-839-3939 and always offer a FREE consultation. We never get paid unless we win for you! Call us today.
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