After doctors published a study on how talcum powder containing asbestos could cause malignant mesothelioma, Johnson & Johnson recalled a batch of baby powder from shelves in Illinois and across the nation. J&J has spent several years defending itself from lawsuits alleging that its baby powder causes cancer. USA Today reported on the recall of the product, which may help existing plaintiffs further prove their claims. New individuals may also come forward to argue that regularly using the baby powder caused cancer.
When presented with a lawsuit, however, large corporations are usually able to hire a strong legal team to defend itself from allegations of causing harm. Not only is it an attempt to reduce the amount of money a jury may order a company to pay in damages, but it also protects the image presented to the public, customers and stockholders. When consumers find out that a product is harmful, they generally stop using it. Without legal action, however, consumers may never know of the potential harm a product may cause.
Damages awarded after proof of cancer
According to Time magazine, a jury found that baby powder caused a woman’s mesothelioma and awarded her over $29 million in damages from Johnson & Johnson. Numerous other suits have resulted in the company paying damages. The largest verdict of $4 billion went to a group of women who were able to prove that the baby powder led them to develop cancer.
Coming forward helps others
Without the courage of harmed individuals to come forward and share medical records, the public may not gain an awareness of how dangerous asbestos is. Doctors could otherwise not have conducted research to discover the connection between asbestos-tainted baby powder and life-threatening illnesses.
Filing a legal action for mesothelioma
Although it is rare, mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that affects the tissues that line the lungs. Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit helps with relief from medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, in addition to warning others.