Though it is still true that veterans of America’s military represent the majority of those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, the statistical representation is expected to shift over the coming years. This is a result of the fact that the Armed Forces has made a substantial investment in removing asbestos from the applications where service men and women were once exposed, as well as the fact that asbestos in other, non-military settings is becoming an increasing problem. One that is getting a lot of attention in the last few days is asbestos that is hidden in some of the most trusted consumer products, including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.
Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder has been named in numerous mesothelioma and ovarian cancer lawsuits in the last few years, with mixed results coming out of America’s court rooms. Though some victims have won their lawsuits against the consumer giant, others have proven less successful in proving that the baby powder was contaminated with asbestos or that the company was aware of its presence. But a report that was published by Reuters last week has changed all of that, revealing documents yielded through litigation and Freedom of Information Act requests that show hundreds of pages of internal memos discussing the issue. There is evidence of testing that was done in the 1970s that showed that asbestos was present in the company’s talc, as well as internal memos discussing the company’s legal exposure in case the fact of asbestos’ in baby powder was ever made public. The article also detailed intense pressure that the company placed on government regulators to prevent talc from being pulled out of consumer products or the dangers of asbestos in talc becoming known.
There is no telling how many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related cancers were sickened as a result of talc-based products like baby powder, cosmetics or children’s toys, but there are currently over 12,000 lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson’s alone. If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you need information about accessing the benefits you need, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.