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$37 million awarded in mesothelioma case

Talcum powder is a staple in many Georgia bathrooms and nurseries. Men and women alike use the powder as a part of their daily hygiene ritual. Mothers often use it to keep their precious babies' bottoms dry. Yet, there are recent cases in which talcum powder has been linked to mesothelioma.

In one such case, a man sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming that its baby powder product ultimately led to his mesothelioma. According to the man, he used this product for over thirty years. While using the product, he was exposed to its dust which he naturally inhaled. This ongoing exposure apparently culminated in his contraction of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer.

A number of related cases have been brought before the courts across the country. In this particular case, Johnson & Johnson was found to be partially liable for the man's condition; the supplier of the talc mineral was also found to be partially responsible. After careful deliberation, the jury in this case awarded $30 million to the man and an additional $7 million to his wife. Punitive damages have yet to be determined.

A mesothelioma diagnosis can strike fear into the heart of the one receiving such devastating news. In addition to the threat of death, there is the unknown physical, medical and financial struggle awaiting the Georgia individual and his or her family. While addressing this matter within the court system will not cure the individual, it can bring some form of relief and compensation to the individual and his or her loved ones.

Source: CNN, "New Jersey couple awarded $37 million in talcum powder case", Jen Christensen, April 6, 2018

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