Juries Split on Talc Lawsuits, Evidence of Asbestos Contamination May Be Critical
Johnson & Johnson is named in thousands of talc powder injury lawsuits. More than a dozen of these cases have gone to trial and been resolved. Eleven juries have sided with plaintiffs, seven have found in favor of Johnson & Johnson, and four have been deadlocked. Most recently, a South Carolina jury determined that Johnson & Johnson was not to blame for a woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis.
Presence or Absence of Asbestos Could Be Key Issue in Talc Litigation
It didn’t take long for the jury to deliberate and find in favor of the talc powder manufacturer. They were persuaded, in large part, by evidence introduced by Johnson & Johson which showed that there were no asbestos particles in the woman’s lungs. The company argued that her cancer was naturally occurring and not a consequence of using their popular baby powder. Their position was that if asbestos in the powder been to blame, there should have been traces in her body. Photographs of her tissue confirmed that there were no traces of asbestos.
The presence (or lack thereof) of asbestos may be critical in talc powder lawsuits. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that they were diagnosed with cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for years. Why? Studies have shown that the talc powder can be contaminated with asbestos, which is known to cause cancer.
Juries may be more inclined to agree if the plaintiffs have evidence showing traces of asbestos in their bodies or the talc products they used. In another recent verdict, a jury awarded a California woman more than $10M. In that trial, the jury was shown electron microscope photographs of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talc powder. This helped to persuade them to side with the cancer-stricken plaintiff.
Johnson & Johnson Refuses to Admit Its Baby Powder Has Ever Been Contaminated
Several juries have determined that Johnson & Johnson’s talc products cause cancer because they’re tainted with asbestos. Several pieces of evidence have supported this conclusion. There are even internal company documents revealing that Johnson & Johnson employees were concerned about asbestos contamination back in the 1970s. Despite this, the company refuses to admit that its product has ever been – or could be – contaminated with the cancer-causing substance.
There’s evidence to show that some samples of Johnson & Johnson baby powder contain traces of asbestos. There’s also evidence showing that other samples aren’t contaminated. However, the fact still remains that there is some evidence of contamination. The fact that Johnson & Johnson dismisses this evidence and refuses to acknowledge a potential issue is alarming. Their talc products are still on the market. They’re making the decision to put their consumers in harm’s way.
Talc Lawsuits Seek Compensation for Cancer Costs, Pain and Suffering
Few things are more devastating than being diagnosed with cancer. Cancer can be painful and expensive to treat. Your body might change and become almost unrecognizable to you. The diagnosis can be emotionally devastating for you and your family.
Thousands of people across the country claim that they’ve been diagnosed with cancer because they used a product they thought they could trust. Now they’re demanding compensation for all of their physical, emotional, and financial suffering.