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Friday, April 26, 2019

Did my baby powder cause my cancer?

New York tort litigation attorneys bring lawsuits on behalf of people who have been injured by their exposure to harmful substances-- whether it’s a single individual or a class action lawsuit on behalf of many individuals at once.

As toxic tort litigation falls within personal injury law, the victim will have suffered physical and/or mental pain and suffering as a result of the exposure to the harmful or toxic substance. They may require compensation for injuries that impact their life on either a short-term or long-term or lifelong basis. Some will die as a result of the exposure. Compensation for such things as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more may be recoverable if liability can be established.

Toxic tort claims can arise from exposure to occupational hazards like asbestos and benzene, consumer products like paint and pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs, and the very common toxic mold at home. But there’s another type of toxic tort litigation that is based on what generations of consumers apparently believed was a safe and innocent product. 

There are reportedly over 13,000 pending individual and class action lawsuits nationwide against Johnson and Johnson, claiming its iconic baby powder was allegedly tainted with the carcinogen asbestos--and that the powder allegedly caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. In support of its claims, plaintiffs allege that the company’s internal documents indicated it was aware of the powder’s “potential risks” but failed “to adequately warn” consumers for decades.

In 2018, 22 women were awarded $4.7 billion dollars after a Missouri jury trial. Now, a California woman dying of mesothelioma was awarded $29 million. The company denies and appeals the verdict. 

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of exposure to a toxic or harmful substance or drug or in any accident that wasn’t your fault, or if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer caused by exposure to baby powder, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured clients and their families throughout New York City and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting New York. 


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