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    Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit and Litigation Attorneys in Mississippi

    Advocates for Victims of Occupational Illnesses –  Mesothelioma Lawyers

    Despite a decline in the use of asbestos in recent decades, health care professionals diagnose 3,000 people with mesothelioma each year. The reason for the consistent development of new cases of mesothelioma is that the disease might not be diagnosable until between 20 and 50 years after exposure to asbestos. The vast majority of mesothelioma victims experience exposure to asbestos fibers in the workplace.

    Pursuing All Remedies for Asbestos-Related Illnesses

    If you have developed mesothelioma or other serious asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer or asbestosis through workplace exposure, you might have the right to workers compensation benefits from your employer. Workers compensation benefits can include free medical care, partial wage replacement, permanent disability payments, and death benefits. The right to these benefits does not require you to establish your employer’s negligence.; however, the total recovery tends to be far less than in a personal injury lawsuit because pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress, punitive damages, and some other types of personal injury damages are not available under the workers compensation system.

    Our experienced asbestos exposure personal injury attorneys also can explore potential third-party liability claims against the manufacturer of the asbestos product, contractors, property owners, and other parties. Personal injury damages will be more extensive, but negligence might need to be established although this depends on the third-party against whom the lawsuit is filed. The manufacturers of the asbestos or the product containing asbestos fibers might be strictly liable (i.e., liability without fault) under defective product law.

    Advantages of Retaining Porter & Malouf for Mesothelioma Lawsuits

    Many law firms indicate that they handle mesothelioma lawsuits related to asbestos exposure, but Porter & Malouf, P.A. has been a leader in this area of toxic tort litigation. Our asbestos exposure attorneys have developed a reputation as exemplary trial lawyers based in part on our participation in the last two major asbestos cases in the U.S. As early as 1998, Tim Porter participated in and presented the closing argument in the Cosey v. E. D. Bullard asbestos jury trial although he was only 29 years old. The jury returned a verdict of $48.5 million. Tim Porter also served as one of the lead trial lawyers in Simeon Johnson v. AC&S, et al., which resulted in a jury verdict of $150 million for 12 asbestos victims.

    This track record of success, along with other multi-million dollar recoveries, has earned Porter & Malouf, P.A. numerous accolades and awards. Our law firm’s successful representation of thousands of asbestos victims, along with the hundreds of millions of dollars we have obtained in verdicts and settlements, has contributed to our law firm being recognized as the “14th Winningest Law Firm in the United States” by the 2002 National Law Journal. Our law firm also has received the honor of the AV® Preeminent Rating, which is the highest distinction conferred within Martindale-Hubbell’s rating system based on legal expertise, experience, peer evaluation, and integrity.

    Asbestos exposure litigation is complex because of a variety of factual and legal challenges. The large scale of litigation involved in mesothelioma cases requires a law firm with the expertise and experience to handle large mass tort claims. Our lawyers have a track record that includes successful representation of thousands of clients in asbestos cases with cumulative recoveries of hundreds of millions of dollars. Because of our proven litigation results, including massive jury verdicts, insurance companies and the attorneys who defend these cases know that we are not only prepared to take mesothelioma cases to trial, but we also expect to win. This awareness promotes an environment of collegial respect that fosters efficient and effective settlement discussions. Our extensive history handling asbestos cases also has allowed Malouf & Porter, P.A. to establish relationships with a substantial number of nationally renowned experts who can provide critical testimony and opinions regarding the cause and prognosis of a client’s asbestos exposure-related illness.

    What Is Asbestos?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines asbestos as the designation given to six minerals with long, thin fibers usually located within soil and rocks. Asbestos has been used in hundreds of products in a wide range of manufactured goods largely because of its strength, fire-resistant and insulating characteristics. The product has been used in the manufacturing of a wide array of goods and settings that include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Friction Products (transmission parts, automobile clutch, vehicle brakes)
    • Laboratories
    • Heat Resistant Fabrics, Gaskets, Coatings, and Packaging
    • Machinery (valves, pumps)
    • Construction Materials (siding, asbestos cement products, roof shingles, paper products, floor and ceiling tiles)

    What is Asbestosis?

    Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that like mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. This serious lung disease involves scarring of the tissue of the lungs that compromises breathing. Asbestosis is incurable, but the prognosis frequently is much more positive than that of mesothelioma or lung cancer. While patients can live with the disease for many years, the patient’s condition will tend to deteriorate over time, necessitating more intensive treatment.

    The development of asbestosis is linked to exposure to chrysotile fibers (one of the six known types of asbestos). Once the fibers have been breathed into the lungs, they cause long-term scarring. This scarring results in the lung tissue becoming thicker and less elastic. Patients suffering from asbestosis experience difficulty and pain when breathing. Symptoms of asbestosis include:

    • Chest pain
    • Inability to tolerate exercise
    • Coughing
    • Struggling to breathe during routine tasks
    • Shortness of breath

    Treatment of the condition could involve medications and surgery in some cases.

    What Is Mesothelioma?

    Mesothelioma usually develops many years after a person is exposed to asbestos in the workplace. While most cases of mesothelioma occur after long-term exposure to asbestos fibers, one-time and short-term exposure to asbestos fibers also can cause this form of cancer. When products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibers are circulated into the air. When these microscopic fibers are swallowed or inhaled, the fibers become trapped in the outer lung tissue and within the mesothelium, which is a thin membrane of cells that releases a lubricating fluid, enabling the lungs and other internal structures to expand and contract without friction.

    The entrapped fibers stimulate biological changes over time that result in scarring, inflammation, and genetic damages that can lead to this form of cancer. Asbestos fibers are most frequently trapped within the pleura, which is the lining of the lungs resulting in mesothelioma or asbestosis. However, the tiny fibers also can become lodged in the pericardium (heart) or the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). While the fibers typically trigger biological modifications over a prolonged period, this slow development of mesothelioma creates a latency period that can last decades. When the cancer progresses, malignant cells multiply and can spread, implicating other organs and regions of the body.

    Types of Mesothelioma

    While there are technically four forms of mesothelioma: pleural (lungs), pericardial (heart), peritoneal (abdomen), and testicular, pleural and peritoneal comprise 90% of cases.

    Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs): This form of the disease develops in the lining of the lungs and constitutes the most common form of this cancer of the lung. Pleural mesothelioma represents approximately 75% of diagnosed cases of the disease. When this form of mesothelioma is diagnosed early, the possibility of a surgical cure might be possible. In later stages, treatment tends to be aimed at easing symptoms and maximizing the quality of a patient’s life. Symptoms of this form of mesothelioma include:

    • Unremitting dry cough
    • Night sweats and fever
    • Persistent chest pain
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty swallowing

    Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen): This form of the disease is caused by asbestos fibers in the mesothelial lining of the abdomen, referred to as the peritoneum. Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for 20% of cases. When patients develop this form of the disease, they might experience thickening of the peritoneal membrane and the accumulation of fluid. This form of mesothelioma tends to metastasize to other areas of the body and organs more rapidly than other variations of the disease, so treatment options are typically limited although heated chemotherapy has shown promise. Symptoms of this form of the disease include:

    • Nausea & vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Fatigue
    • Weight loss
    • Diarrhea or constipation
    • Abdominal swelling

    Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart): This form of mesothelioma occurs in the exterior lining of the heart, referred to as pericardium. This form of cancer is rare and constitutes approximately 1% of mesothelioma cases. When the disease develops, fluid accumulates in the areas between the layers of the pericardium. This form of the disease is most typically subject to a palliative care regimen because surgery is risky given the proximity of tumors to the heart. Symptoms of this form of mesothelioma include:

    • Chest pain
    • Coughing
    • Fatigue
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Night sweats
    • Fever
    • Difficulty breathing

    Testicular Mesothelioma: This is the rarest form of mesothelioma, which accounts for under 1% of cases. This form of the disease develops in the lining of the testes, referred to as tunica vaginalis. This form of mesothelioma is usually diagnosed based on a swollen scrotum and pain emanating from lumps on the testes.

    How Can I Know Asbestos Exposure Caused my Mesothelioma?

    Asbestos exposure constitutes the primary cause of mesothelioma in most cases. Although other factors might contribute to the development of this form of cancer, these factors usually are relevant when a person also has a history of exposure to asbestos fibers. Approximately 70-80% of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma have a history of asbestos exposure. Most mesothelioma victims are exposed to asbestos in the workplace, but there are some cases of environment exposure or third-party exposure, such as a wife inhaling fibers while washing her husband’s work uniform. 

    What Types of Jobs Face a High Risk of Developing Mesothelioma?

    Because of the impermeability and heat resistant nature of asbestos, the substance was most commonly used in the construction, shipbuilding and construction trades. Workers with the highest risk of asbestos exposure include the following:

    Shipbuilding and Shipyards

    • Mill Wrights
    • Machinists
    • Steamfitters
    • Ship Fitters
    • Electricians
    • Operating Engineers
    • Welders
    • Ironworkers

    Construction Trades

    • Roofers
    • Factory Workers
    • Boilermakers
    • Insulators
    • Drywallers
    • Plumbers
    • Masons
    • Tile Setters
    • Painters
    • Miners
    • Electricians
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Laborers
    • Plasterers
    • Carpenters
    • Insulators
    • Masonry Workers

    Auto Mechanics 

    • Brake Service Repair Technicians
    • Hoodliner Part Replacement Technicians
    • Clutch Repair Technicians

    Special Challenges Involved in Mesothelioma Litigation

    When you are pursuing compensation for asbestos exposure-related illnesses like mesothelioma, your attorneys must have both extensive knowledge of the law regarding personal injury and asbestos, as well as comprehensive knowledge of this form of cancer. Our attorneys have nearly two decades of experience winning lawsuits and recovering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of mesothelioma victims.

    One of the most significant challenges when pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit is evaluating where the responsibility rests for a plaintiff’s asbestos exposure. Hundreds of businesses required their workers to perform their duties in settings where asbestos was present. Many other companies furnished products that contained asbestos, which was used by companies that employed workers who subsequently developed mesothelioma.

    Because this form of cancer has a latency period that can last for decades, the process of tracking down these companies can be difficult. Our lawyers meet with clients to develop a thorough history of previous jobs, places of residence, and even occupations of close family members. Our law firm then works to correlate this information with records from prior mesothelioma lawsuits that comprise the legal history involving mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. We work diligently to identify all companies that might bear responsibility because some parties that contributed to a mesothelioma victim’s asbestos exposure might have gone out of business long ago. Since Porter & Malouf, P.A. has represented many asbestos victims, we have the financial resources and experience to conduct the careful investigation asbestos exposure lawsuits require to maximize the financial recovery.

    Our extensive network of expert witnesses also provides a significant advantage for asbestos exposure victims. These experts have a thorough familiarity with the companies and products that handled and produced asbestos products, so they can assist in establishing the likely sources of your asbestos exposure. These experts also can provide important scientific, medical, and industry-related testimony in an understandable manner in the courtroom.

    Why You Need to Immediately Seek Legal Advice if Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

    You are not expected to file an asbestos exposure lawsuit if you have no reason to know you have developed an asbestos-related disease. All states have a statute of limitations that establishes a deadline for filing your lawsuit after you have received a mesothelioma diagnosis. Our mesothelioma lawyers can advise you regarding the deadline to file your lawsuit and file your case so that you are not permanently barred from seeking compensation for your personal injuries or the loss of a loved one. Failure to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs (expires) usually will constitute a complete bar to pursuing your claim.

    Five Important Facts about Mesothelioma Lawsuits 

    At Porter & Malouf, P.A., our asbestos exposure lawyers are committed to keeping our clients informed about the progress of their case and responding to client inquiries promptly. Even in large-scale asbestos litigation, we treat each client as an individual. Our attorneys and staff recognize that our clients are more than plaintiffs and case files, they are beloved grandparents, parents, siblings, and children to their families, so we treat our clients with the respect and compassion that these important relationships merit. Because of our mission to ensure clients are informed, we have provided five critical facts about asbestos exposure litigation that all plaintiffs should know:

    • Most asbestos exposure cases settle before trial
    • An increasing number of recent lawsuits involving asbestos exposure involve non-traditional defendants, such as the manufacturers of cosmetic talc containing asbestos
    • Existing mesothelioma trust funds contain more than $30 million in assets to satisfy verdicts and settlements obtained by mesothelioma victims
    • Personal injury lawsuits involving asbestos exposure constitute the longest running “mass tort” litigation in U.S. history
    • The total number of lawsuits involving asbestos-related illnesses has continue to climb significantly in recent years

    Speak to a Mesothelioma Lawyer Today

    Porter & Malouf, P.A. works tenaciously in pursuit of the maximum financial recovery for our clients. Our Mississippi mesothelioma attorneys also work with experts in a vast array of industries while conducting a thorough investigation of the facts and engaging in extensive research of novel legal issues. Our results provide the most compelling reason that clients trust us to tenaciously pursue the maximum compensation for their loss. Examples of verdicts and settlements our law firm has obtained include:

    • $150 Million personal injury asbestos lawsuit
    • $72 Million jury verdict for ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder
    • $7.6 Million personal injury lawsuit involving silica exposure
    • $7 Million personal injury lawsuit arising from exposure to lead paint
    • $2 Million personal injury lawsuit related to an auto accident

    We invite you to contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contact form for a free case evaluation.

    Sources:

    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/asbestos/

    https://www.epa.gov/asbestos

    http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/mesothelioma/risk-factors

    Silica Exposure and Silicosis Lawsuit Lawyers

    Silica Exposure and Silicosis Lawsuits

    When you dedicate your life to diligently pursuing a living while giving your employer your best efforts, you do not expect your diligence and labor to be rewarded with exposure to a toxic substance. Despite this reasonable expectation, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) estimates that about 2.2 million workers have been exposed to crystalline silica in dust form in the workplace. This exposure has resulted in thousands of union workers, tradespeople, and other workers exposed to substances containing silica suffering a diminishing capacity to breathe due to silicosis, a fatal lung disease.

    At Porter & Malouf, P.A., our silica exposure lawyers have experience and a proven track record in silica litigation, as well as the resources to prevail in large toxic tort claims. Whether you are the surviving family member of a worker exposed to silica on the job, or you are suffering from silica-related medical conditions, the serious nature of silicosis merits representation by a law firm recognized as the 14th Winningest Law Firm in the Country as featured in the 2002 National Law Journal.

    The Problem with Silica Exposure

    Crystalline silica is considered among the most common minerals, but exposure to the substance in dust form can be fatal. People who inhale silica dust particles in the workplace, from sources near their home, or the products they handle can develop severe health problems that include:

    • Silicosis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Lung Cancer
    • Tuberculosis
    • Lupus
    • Kidney Disease
    • Scleroderma
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Silicosis is a common and potentially deadly condition experienced by many workers in a variety of industrial, construction, mining, and manufacturing settings. Silicosis is a fatal disease that is caused by inhaling silica dust. When the silica particles are inhaled into the lungs, the dust damages the lung tissue which causes fibrosis or scarring. This damage to the lungs can compromise lung function. Individuals with silicosis often experience tuberculosis as a complication. Tuberculosis constitutes the most common cause of death among those suffering from silica exposure. Studies indicate the development of silicosis triples the risk of developing tuberculosis.

    How Porter & Malouf, P.A. Can Help Silica Exposure Victims

    Lawsuits involving exposure to toxic substances like silica or asbestos in the workplace, environment, or products involve complicated issues that necessitate the use of a law firm with a proven record of success handling these types of claims. Some of the advantages of working with Porter & Malouf, P.A. include:

    Recognition of Need for Prompt Investigation: The serious nature of silicosis and other life-threatening diseases caused by silica combined with a substantial lapse of time since exposure makes prompt investigation imperative. Our silica attorneys understand the importance of researching the types and brands of products containing silica, work history, manufacturers and brands of paper dust masks, locations of exposure, blasting equipment, and cartridge manufacturers.

    Familiarity with Defense Counsel and Insurance Companies: Our success in large toxic tort cases has allowed our attorneys to develop familiarity with the law firms that defend these cases and the insurance companies that represent the defendants. Because of our multi-million dollar recoveries in silicosis and asbestos cases, these defense firms and insurance carriers respect our firm and recognize the quality of our work. This existing relationship facilitates trust and communication which promotes positive outcomes for our clients.

    Established Record of Results and Experience: Porter & Malouf, P.A. is a litigation firm whose attorneys possess over fifty years of collective experience. Our reputation has been built in part on our successful involvement in the last two major asbestos cases in the U.S. Both partners from whom our firm derives its name, Timothy W. Porter and Patrick Cash Malouf, have been given a prestigious “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded. In addition to being designated as the 14th Winningest Law Firm by the 2002 National Law Journal, Tim Porter has been recognized by “Superlawyers” in 2012 and designated by Mississippi’s Business Journal as among the “Leaders in Law” in 2011. These accolades are based to a significant degree on the results we have obtained for our clients. Our law firm has secured the following verdicts and judgments in other toxic tort cases:

    • $150 Million Asbestos Personal Injury
    • $72 Million Talcum Ovarian Jury Verdict
    • $7.6 Million Silica Personal Injury
    • $7 Million Lead Paint Personal Injury

    Network of Highly Regarded Experts & Extensive Litigation Resources: Toxic tort cases involve a fair amount of complex scientific information about the causal link between a toxic substance like silica and the medical condition experienced by the personal injury or wrongful death victim. Experts used in these cases must have impeccable credentials with the ability to communicate complex scientific and medical information to the judge or jury in a manner that is understandable and persuasive. Because of our law firm’s background handling complex toxic tort cases, we have access to world-renowned experts. These types of lawsuits also entail extensive litigation expenses, and our law firm possesses the litigation resources to invest in pursuing the best results for our clients.

    Focus on Client Relations: Although our law firm has been successful in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements in large-scale litigation and complicated toxic tort cases, our clients appreciate that we treat each client as an individual. Our staff and attorneys are all dedicated to guiding our clients through the litigation process while providing timely case updates and responses to client inquiries. Our attorneys strive to return client calls the same or next business day because we understand that the practice of law should be a client centric endeavor.

    Exploring All Avenues to Recovery: Many defendants responsible for silica exposure may pursue the protection of bankruptcy court. Our law firm anticipates this risk, so we explore the potential liability of third party defendants, which might include respiratory equipment manufacturers, sand suppliers and manufacturers, sandblasting equipment suppliers and manufacturers, shot blast cabinet manufacturers, grinding wheel manufacturers, and refractory products manufacturers.

    Handling Silica Litigation Specific Issues: Our law firm has successfully represented clients in silicosis cases based on our expertise handling silica specific issues. We explore liability against the company responsible for the unsafe work environment, as well as the manufacturer of the product. Our attorneys also work diligently to prove our clients’ level of breathing impairment to establish medical qualification. Porter & Malouf, P.A. also substantiates our clients’ damage claims in multidistrict litigation (MDL) to secure our clients’ rights to individual jury trials.

    Contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. for a Silica Exposure Lawsuit Evaluation

    At Porter & Malouf, P.A., our silicosis attorneys represent victims exposed to this toxic substance and the surviving families of wrongful death victims with compassion and tenacity. Our law firm is committed to holding companies that expose individuals to toxic substances accountable for the harm they cause while pursuing the fullest financial recovery for victims and their families. We invite you to contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contract form for a free case evaluation.
    Sources:

    https://www.osha.gov/silica/factsheets/OSHA_FS-3683_Silica_Overview.html

    Recent Developments in Talcum Powder Litigation and Lawsuits

    Mississippi Talc Exposure Lawyers Discuss Recent Developments in Talcum Powder Litigation Involving Ovarian Cancer

    Although enormous numbers of women have relied on talcum powder for feminine hygiene needs for nearly half a century, approximately 12,000 lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of talc products. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has already been subject to large verdicts in lawsuits involving women who developed ovarian cancer related to their use of talcum powder. Products involved in these lawsuits include Baby Magic Baby Powder from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, J&J Shower to Shower, and J&J Baby Powder. Juries have been returning large verdicts in these talcum powder exposure lawsuits because of scientific studies revealing a link between ovarian cancer and the use of talc powder products. Further, allegations in recent lawsuits based on internal documents of J&J indicate that the company knew its product created an increased risk of women developing ovarian cancer.

    Understanding Talcum Powder 

    “Talc” is a substance that is comprised of a range of minerals that includes magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. The substance is ground into fine particles that constitute a powder. This powder is marketed for a range of uses such as controlling moisture in the female genital area. Although multiple companies produce talcum powder products, Johnson & Johnson constitutes the largest manufacturer of talcum dust for absorbing excess moisture and avoiding rashes among elderly adults. Talc powder has been widely used to absorb urine, bodily fluids, and sweat because of its absorbency.

    Studies Linking Talcum Powder to Elevated Risk for Ovarian Cancer 

    Multiple studies have revealed a link between the use of talcum powder to absorb moisture in the female genital area and an increased risk for ovarian cancer. An epidemiologist from Harvard University testified in a talcum powder lawsuit in federal court that he estimated the substance was the cause of approximately 10,000 new victims with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2013.

    A meta-analysis conducted in 2008 and published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention evaluated sixteen previous studies and determined that the results revealed a 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who routinely were exposed to talc powder in the genital area. In a similar 2013 study published in Cancer Prevention Research, researchers aggregated results from multiple studies that involved 20,000 women. The study found that use of talcum powder for hygiene needs in the female genital region was linked to a 24% increase for ovarian cancer. A study reported in the May 2016 found that genital use of talc powder among African-American women resulted in a 44% higher risk of developing invasive epithelial ovarian cancer.

    These more recent results reinforce research dating back as far as 1971 that indicated a connection between the use of talc for feminine hygiene and ovarian cancer. A study published in The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that talc particles could be identified in a startling 75% of ovarian tumors. These results were reinforced by a study published in 1982 in Cancer that found women faced triple the risk of developing ovarian cancer if they used sanitary napkins that contained talcum powder.

    Why Our Ovarian Cancer Talcum Powder Lawyers Can Make a Difference

    Our talcum powder injury lawyers have extensive knowledge of the studies indicating talc contributes to ovarian cancer when used in the female genital area for hygiene purposes. Our law firm has obtained enormous verdicts and settlements for victims of mass tort claims, which includes the following:

    • $72 Million jury verdict in talcum powder ovarian cancer
    • $150 Million personal injury mesothelioma (asbestos exposure)
    • $7.6 Million personal injury silica exposure
    • $7 Million personal injury lead paint exposure
    • $2 Million personal injury auto collision

    Our results in obtaining hundreds of millions in monetary recoveries for victims of mass tort claims involving toxic substances along with our professionalism, client centric representation, and high ethical standards has earned the designation as the “14th Winningest Law Firm in the U.S.” by the 2002 National Law Journal. These traits that characterize our law firm also has facilitated Porter & Malouf, P.A. receiving an AV® Preeminent™ rating based on experience, large recoveries, and evaluation by other top lawyers.

    Recent Lawsuits Based on Increased Ovarian Cancer Risk

    Two recent verdicts within the period of a few months against Johnson & Johnson have resulted in massive awards for women who used talc. The family of Jaqueline Fox filed a wrongful death lawsuit after using Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder for 35 years. The jury in the case returned a verdict of $72 million. The plaintiffs in this case successfully alleged that J&J failed to warn the public of the risk posed by using talc near the female genital region despite being aware of this risk for many years. In a separate lawsuit, Gloria Ristesund received a $55 million jury award after fighting to survive ovarian cancer. Talc was found in her ovarian tissue following a hysterectomy according to documents filed in the lawsuit.

    Talcum Powder Manufacturers Provide No Warnings

    Although there is a wealth of research and scientific studies confirming a link between talcum powder near the female genital area, J&J has been slow to provide warnings to consumers. When J&J’s talc supplier added warning labels in 2006, J&J neglected to follow suit according to lawsuits filed against the company. J&J continues to deny a link between their talcum powder containing products and ovarian cancer and have declined to include any form of warning of a potential risk on the packaging of their products.

    How Widespread is the Problem?

    Government estimates indicate that talcum powder uses by women for female hygiene purposes causes approximately 2,000 cases of ovarian cancer annually, which amount to 10% of all ovarian cancer cases. Talcum powder is also linked to about 1,500 deaths from ovarian cancer each year. 

    Talk to a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Attorney Today

    Porter & Malouf, P.A. works tenaciously in pursuit of the maximum financial recovery for our clients. Our Mississippi mesothelioma attorneys also work with scientific and medical experts to testify about the causal connection between the use of talc and the development of ovarian cancer. Our results provide the most compelling reason that clients trust us to tenaciously pursue the maximum compensation for their loss.

    Free Case Evaluation: If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for female hygiene needs, you should speak to one of our leading talc ovarian cancer lawyers today by contacting Porter & Malouf, P.A. at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contact form for a free case evaluation.

    Sources:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5558843

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/lawsuits-over-baby-powder-raise-questions-about-cancer-risk/

    http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2016/05/12/1055-9965.EPI-15-1281.abstract

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23761272

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-talc-verdict-idUSKCN0XT20L

    Porter | Malouf – $72 Million Jury Verdict vs Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial

    The Mississippi personal injury law firm of Porter | Malouf has successfully obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $72 million dollar on behalf of their client, the family of Jacqueline Fox.

    The jury award includes $10 million in actual damages and an additional $62 million in punitive damages. In the lawsuit, the family of Jacqueline Fox claimed that her ovarian cancer was caused by her continued use of talcum based products such as Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The jury agreed with the family of Jacqueline Fox and also found Johnson & Johnson guilty of fraud, conspiracy and negligence in this case.

    Talcum powder based products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder are manufactured and sold by Johnson & Johnson.

    “When the deadly risk became known within the company, a choice had to be made. They could warn customers of the dangers or use a substitute for talc or hide the risk and keep on selling. Johnson and Johnson chose to hide the risk and keep selling. Ms. Fox and many other women have paid and will pay with their lives.”

    – R. Allen Smith, Jr., of The Smith Law Firm in Ridgeland, MS.

    The Family Speaks Out About the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial & Verdict

    If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you have used products containing talcum powder, call Porter | Malouf to discuss your legal rights and options.

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