Almost everyone has heard of Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder. But did you know it might be giving you cancer?
In December, Reuters News released a report that provided evidence to show Johnson & Johnson was aware of the presence of asbestos in its baby powder. Now, the United States government is demanding answers from the company.
Recently, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions sent a letter to Johnson and Johnson requesting “documentation about past testing for asbestos-tainted talc and communication with the FDA regarding the safety of its product” in order to determine if the company attempted to warn the public about possible carcinogens in its famous product.
While Johnson & Johnson has not yet responded to the committee’s request, they are facing over 11 thousand lawsuits that claim the use of the company’s baby powder caused mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The lawsuits are expected to increase to over 20 thousand by the end of this year.
Unfortunately, because it can take decades after asbestos exposure to notice symptoms, many people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases do not notice signs of cancer until they only have a few months to live. While asbestos exposure primarily occurs in manufacturing or industrial industries, the Johnson & Johnson report shows that you can be exposed easier you think.
Proving how and where you experienced asbestos exposure can be complex. If you or someone you love is suffering from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, consult with an experienced mesothelioma attorney to determine if you can file a lawsuit to retain the compensation you deserve.