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Jury awards $40.3 million to mesothelioma victim

For a variety of reasons, many South Carolina women in past generations used baby powder on a regular basis. In past decades, this was a talc-based product also referred to as talcum powder -- and it is dangerous. Talc is often contaminated with other substances, including asbestos. A jury recently awarded a woman $40.3 million after she developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure. That exposure was from Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder.

The woman and her husband brought the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The suit claimed that doctors diagnosed her with mesothelioma back in 2017. Since then she has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and surgery. Her body tissue was also tested, and experts found both anthophyllite asbestos and tremolite. It has already been shown that both of these substances are contaminants of at least two Johnson & Johnson products, one of those being baby powder.

The lawsuit blamed Johnson & Johnson for the woman's mesothelioma. The company denied this allegation and instead blamed her cancer diagnosis on where she lived, which is an industrial area. She argued that while she did live in that area, she had never worked at or gone into a facility where exposure to asbestos is possible.

The jury ultimately decided in her favor. The resulting compensation will likely be very helpful for addressing her physical, emotional and financial damages, such as medical bills. The outcome of this case might also give hope to South Carolina patients who are currently battling mesothelioma. While pursuing a claim against a large company for asbestos exposure might seem daunting, it is often possible with the right help.

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