Monthly Archives: May 2018

Los Angeles Jury Awards Mesothelioma Victim $21.7 Million in Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury recently handed down a substantial verdict in favor of a mesothelioma victim who filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, Cyprus Amax Minerals, Honeywell International, a unit of Brenntag and other local talc suppliers. In their verdict, the jury awarded the plaintiff $21.7 million in compensatory damages and will soon decide whether or not to punish the defendants further by awarded punitive damages.

The victim and her husband originally filed their mesothelioma cancer lawsuit against the defendants in 2017, alleging Johnson & Johnson knowingly sold talc products sourced from asbestos contaminated mines. As a result of using talcum powder over the course of many years, the victim developed mesothelioma, according to the lawsuit.

Jurors found Johnson & Johnson 67% responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries and will have to pay a share of the award proportional to this determination. The remainder of the award will be split among the remaining defendants in the case.

The verdict marks the second one handed down against the company in as many months, and it currently faces another ongoing trial in Darlington County, South Carolina over similar allegations thats talc-based products caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma diagnosis. In April 2018, a New Jersey jury handed down a massive $117 million to a man who claimed years of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused his mesothelioma diagnosis.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer linked directly with exposure to asbestos. The disease commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organ like the heart, lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years, and by the time patients begin to show symptoms, they are often left with diminished medical treatment options to fight the disease.

While talc does not contain asbestos itself, the two naturally occurring minerals are often discovered in deposits very close to one another, increasing the risk of contaminated talc used in a variety of consumer products. Although the federal government mandated talc be asbestos free and placed many other regulations on the use of asbestos in other products since the 1970s, many companies were already aware of the dangers but continued to place their dangerous products into the stream of commerce.

As a result of the greed of asbestos companies, tens of thousands of innocent people developed a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis and suffered serious damages. By filing an asbestos cancer lawsuit, victims and their families can recover vital compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering of living with a disease that still has no cure today.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

Widow Sues Asbestos Cleanup Contractor Over Husband’s Mesothelioma Diagnosis

The widow of a man who passed away after decades of working in a San Francisco shipyard recently filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against the federal contractor responsible for the cleanup efforts on which the victim worked. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit names Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech, which is embroiled in a $27 billion lawsuit with other residents of Hunter’s Point suing for their own damages incurred from the botched cleanup effort. Residents believe it could be decades before their community is safe.

According to the mesothelioma lawsuit, the victim passed away in 2106 after working for decades as a laborer for Tetra Tech’s cleanup of toxic substances at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, right next to the surrounding residential community. The plaintiff claims that her husband frequently performed his duties without being issued hazardous materials protection suits or respirator masks to block toxic particles in the air.

The lawsuit claims Tetra Tech has repeatedly lied about the levels of asbestos, radiation, and other toxic substances still found on the site since the cleanup project concluded. While the defendant stands behind its work, the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency have both come out and said they believe the shipyard and surrounding area may still contain radioactive material even after 12 years of cleanup and testing.

As a result of his exposure, the plaintiff developed mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the lungs and abdomen. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications for its heat resistant properties. Consequently, asbestos cancer victims were often employed on military bases and naval shipyards as members of cleanup crews, pipefitters, welders, and construction workers.

Although asbestos has been heavily regulated since the federal government passed legislation restricting its use in 1970s, thousands of innocent people have been exposed to the deadly carcinogen due to improperly conducted abatement projects. When companies fail to take proper precautions to protect their workers, exposure can result in serious health complications, including mesothelioma.  Even those harmed by asbestos before its regulation may have viable claims as defendants knew for decades about the health risks posed to innocent people who came into contact with asbestos.

While no amount of money can undo the harm caused the careless actions of negligent asbestos companies, filing civil lawsuits in court is often the only way to hold these bad actors accountable and force them to take responsibility. By filing a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, victims can recover compensation for their hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

First Talc Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Trial Underway in Florida

The first talc mesothelioma cancer trial in Florida recently began as both sides delivered their opening statements to the men and women of the jury who will ultimately decide whether the victim in this case finally receives justice. The plaintiff’s lawsuit claims he developed malignant mesothelioma from years of exposure to industrial talc products that were contaminated with asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that can be found alongside talc deposits.

According to the asbestos talc lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered from asbestos exposure for years while working Florida Tile Company during the 1970s. Talc is commonly used in a variety of industrial and cosmetic applications, such as the ceramics products the victim routinely worked with during his tenure with the tile company. Other uses for industrial talc include chemical coatings, paper, and plastics and while there have been other lawsuits brought to trial by mesothelioma cancer victims involving industrial talc products, this is believed to be the first of its kind in Florida.

The victim claims that the defendants, which include multiple businesses and chemical companies, knew about the health risks associated with using their products but failed to warn him about the dangers associated. However, only one defendant, Honeywell International, remains as a defendant in the trial as all the others have either been excused from the lawsuit or have settled their own claims with the defendant. The trial is expected to last anywhere from two to three weeks and could set an important precedent for other victims both legally and socially for other cancer victims harmed by the side effects of using industrial talc products contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers.

As with many asbestos companies, the defendant has denied liability in the case and claimed that its products did not contain asbestos nor the particular type of talc fibers found in the victim’s lung tissue. Many other mesothelioma cancer victims across the country have filed their own claims alleging they used talc-based products contaminated with asbestos fibers. Those products include talcum powder cosmetics products used by thousands of Americans decades ago before the federal government finally began to regulate asbestos.

Asbestos cancer victims who used talc products have important legal rights to file claims against these cosmetics companies and their suppliers and hold these businesses responsible for the harm they caused through the indifference to public safety. Mesothelioma cancer lawsuits can recover vital compensation for medical treatment to fight the cancer as well as recover lost wages from being unable to work while recovering from the disease. Because strict statute of limitations apply, victims are encouraged to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.