Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of health problems for those who are exposed to it. This includes not only mesothelioma and lung and throat cancer, but also lesser conditions like asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaque, interstitial fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.
One common result of significant asbestos exposure is pleaural mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer affecting the protective lining of the lungs. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include fluid buildup around the lungs, chest wall pain, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing and fatigue. Those who have been diagnosed with the condition should always work with an experienced attorney to determine the possible causes of their developing the condition, as well as their options for seeking compensation.
In mesothelioma litigation, presenting strong evidence of causation is critical to building a strong overall case. Building a strong argument for causation entails demonstrating that the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos in some form, at some point. One of the ongoing issues in talc litigation is whether cosmetic talc contains asbestos sufficient to cause pleural mesothelioma and related conditions.
According to one recent study, there is not sufficient epidemiological evidence to conclude at this time that exposure to cosmetic talc, either from talc pleurodesis treatments or from talc mining and milling, could cause pleural mesothelioma. Lack of evidence connecting cosmetic talc to pleural mesotheolioma, though, does not prove there is no connection. Nor does it mean that asbestos-tainted cosmetic talc does not cause other, perhaps less serious, conditions.
Research in the area of asbestos exposure through talcum powder is certainly ongoing, and it is hoped that continued research will shed light on the matter. In the meantime, the existing evidence has to be looked at as a whole and situated within the context of asbestos litigation. Working with experienced legal counsel helps ensure that those who may have developed an asbestos-related condition as a result of talc powder exposure have the best chance possible of obtaining fair compensation.