Colgate-Palmolive Settles Talc Asbestos Lawsuit
An October 2017 settlement in a talc asbestos lawsuit highlights the most recent case drawing a connection between deadly exposure and consumer products.
The Cashmere Bouquet talc powder allegedly exposed consumers who used it to asbestos, according to the talc asbestos lawsuit.
The plaintiff in the case was a Pennsylvania resident who alleged she developed mesothelioma after using the Cashmere Bouquet for more than two decades.
Talc Asbestos Lawsuit Tied to Cashmere Bouquet Product
According to the talc asbestos lawsuit, the plaintiff, along with other consumers, were never warned about the risk of developing problems from continuous exposure. Asbestos exposure, over time, can cause individuals to develop mesothelioma, a serious medical condition. Fewer than 10 percent of people who develop mesothelioma will live longer than five years.
More than 170 talc asbestos cases are currently pending against Colgate-Palmolive, all of them alleging that the company sold them a dangerous product. In 2017, the company resolved more than 40 of those claims.
Talcum powder was regularly used across the country for more than a century. The Cashmere Bouquet product was made from 1871 until 1985 and the product was marketed through 1995.
The powder is most often used to absorb moisture and soften the skin.
In addition to concerns about asbestos exposure, many lawsuits regarding a possible connection between talc powder and ovarian cancer have also emerged in recent years.
One of the dangers with the claims alleged in this talc asbestos lawsuit is that mesothelioma has a long latency period. Ingesting or inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
It typically takes decades for asbestos exposure to turn into mesothelioma, but once a patient is diagnosed with this form of cancer, the disease develops quickly. While traditional cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy may help with certain symptoms, many people suffer severe pain and pass away quickly after being diagnosed.
More cases are being filed by men and women who have all found the common thread of using Cashmere Bouquet on a consistent basis and developing mesothelioma.
Many of them may not even know their risk for developing mesothelioma because of the long period between their initial exposure and diagnosis. Some people may show signs of mesothelioma as long as 30 years after the exposure.
Although many other mesothelioma lawsuits were filed by employees who were exposed to the dangerous fibers over their course of their work, any product containing asbestos poses a risk for the development of medical problems.
The first Colgate-Palmolive talc asbestos lawsuit to set a precedent for consumers happened in California in 2015. A jury awarded the plaintiff $13 million dollars and a secret damage amount.
Other cases have shown that similar exposure to the Cashmere Bouquet product on a daily basis over the course of many years was tied to the development of mesothelioma since those plaintiffs were not ever exposed to asbestos fibers in some other manner.
If you believe you have grounds to file a talc powder asbestos lawsuit, schedule a consultation with the legal team at McDonald Worley today.