When scientists determined that asbestos is hazardous to people's health, it began a revolution in the practices of product safety. Millions of dollars worth of materials were recalled from distributors, thousands of buildings had installed asbestos removed or contained and many people turned to the civil court system to seek the financial damages they needed to recover.
Claims for damages due to mesothelioma, a cancer that appears to be caused solely by exposure to asbestos, had waned over the last couple of decades because fewer living people had been inhaled particles of the fibrous insulator. Louisiana was the venue for countless cases, and the state also saw an increase in cases due to a possible new source of contamination.
A major distributor of talcum powder, marketed as an absorbent powder and hygiene aid for women and children, has been sued several times over possible contamination of their product by asbestos fibers. Since it appears that the company knew of the danger posed by its main source of talc, thousands of lawsuits pose a financial danger to them by claiming willful negligence in failing to pull the product or inform customers of the hazard.
In a recent development, a jury has awarded compensatory damages totaling $25 million due to her mesothelioma by affirming the claim that it was caused by contaminated talcum powder. The 65-year-old plaintiff used talcum powder near-daily for more than five decades. This comes before many similar lawsuits in Louisiana arrive in court.
Victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related ailments may seek the help of an attorney. Legal representation can help victims and their families deal with the realities of settlements and jury verdicts.