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Asbestos exposure: Is your hygiene routine placing you at risk?

Many Minnesota residents and others include talcum powder in their personal daily hygiene routines. Johnson & Johnson baby powder is a popular talcum product that often can be found in the average household’s bathroom cabinet. In fact, many parents of infants use talcum powder to help relieve diaper rash and keep their babies’ skin as dry as possible. The problem is that ample evidence suggests talcum powder places those who use it at great risk for asbestos exposure.

Proving that a toxic or hazardous substance caused a particular person’s cancer is a difficult thing to do. When someone files a personal injury claim regarding asbestos, he or she can ask credible physicians or scientists to testify in court. A researcher who has published findings stating that asbestos exposure from talcum powder appears to cause certain cancers, for instance, may provide powerful testimony that influences the court’s decisions.

Not only is talcum powder manufactured and distributed as its own product, it can also be an ingredient in other products, such as cosmetics. There is very little regulation governing the cosmetic industry, which means it is possible that talcum containing high levels of asbestos might be present in blush or other facial make-up. In 2018, a report was published that stated Johnson & Johnson knew about the asbestos exposure risk associated with its talcum powder products but did not inform federal regulators or the public.

A woman on the West Coast was awarded nearly $30 million after claiming in court that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused her to suffer asbestos exposure that resulted in mesothelioma cancer. Hers is not the only case where the court awarded compensation for similar damages. A Minnesota attorney experienced in asbestos litigation is a key figure when building a strong support network to file a personal injury claim in this state.

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