Chula Vista, CA—Talc is a type of mineral that is primarily made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, according to the American Cancer Society. In its natural form, talc may contain asbestos, which is known to scar the lungs and cause cancer when it is inhaled. There is also talc that is asbestos-free.
Over the years, there has been much speculation placed on talc powders such as those found in baby powder and even cosmetic products. Although the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrances Association (CTFA) issued voluntary guidelines in 1976 that stated that any talc that was used in cosmetic products in the U.S. should be “free from detectable amounts of asbestos,” it isn’t clear whether all companies are complying with these recommendations.
What happens if an individual is exposed to high levels of talc that contains asbestos?
When an individual inhales asbestos, it may either be coughed up or some of the fibers could “reach the ends of the small airways in the lungs or penetrate into the outer lining of the lung and chest wall.” The fibers can cause irritation to cells in the lung or pleura which could cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, according to the American Cancer Society.
What happens if an individual was diagnosed with cancer after using a product that contained talc?
Because there are forms of talc that do not contain asbestos, which means a person’s cancer may have not stemmed from using the product, they should consult with a Chula Vista, CA product liability lawyer to find out if they have a case. An investigation will likely need to be conducted and medical records may need to be reviewed to determine if the talc was responsible for the cancer.
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is Available to Assist With Product Liability Cases
If an individual has been harmed by a product they purchased or received, they may be entitled to recover compensation for the injuries or illness the product caused them to suffer. For instance, if they used a product containing talc for an extended period of time and later found out they developed cancer, the Chula Vista, CA product liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can determine if the product manufacturer is liable for the illness the individual is now left suffering with.
In the event a product manufacturer sold a harmful product they failed to warn consumers about, an individual may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
To find out how much an individual might be entitled to collect for the injuries a harmful product caused them to suffer, they can contact the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth for a free case evaluation.
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can be reached at:
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Chula Vista, CA 91911
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