Although rare, mesothelioma is a dangerous and deadly form of cancer that impacts the lives and families of about 3,000 new patients each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. A patient develops mesothelioma when microscopic fibers known as asbestos are inhaled or introduced in the body and become embedded in the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma may be treatable if it is diagnosed early and treatment is commenced in a timely manner: however, because the symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to those of several other, noncancerous conditions, mesothelioma often goes undetected for several years.
Those most at risk for developing mesothelioma are those exposed to asbestos particles in the workplace. This group has traditionally included shipyard workers, demolition crews, and home remodelers. However, this “at-risk” group can also include those in the cosmetic industry, such as barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists.
Tainted Talc Can Lead to Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma
Barbers and others in the cosmetic industry may unwittingly be exposed to asbestos through tainted talc. A barber may use talc in his or her business, for example, to absorb moisture and prevent rashes after cutting a client’s hair or shaving a client. Talc is generally regarded as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nonetheless, natural deposits of magnesium silicate (talc) are often found near deposits of tremolite (another form of magnesium silicate). Tremolite is also a form of asbestos.
Without appropriate quality control measures in place to detect the presence of tremolite, talc products may become contaminated and dangerous for use. If a consumer of tainted talc later develops mesothelioma, several entities may be responsible:
- The mining company that mined the talc and tremolite may be responsible if the company and its workers failed to exercise reasonable care in ensuring they were only mining talc and not tremolite as well;
- The manufacturer of the consumer product may be responsible if this company did not have adequate safeguards in place to detect the presence of tremolite before it entered the production process;
- The vendor or retailer that sold contaminated talc may be responsible if the vendor or retailer knew or should have known that a certain company was manufacturing contaminated talc-based products that also contained tremolite, but continued to sell these products anyway.
While the knowledgeable and dedicated mesothelioma recovery team at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt will analyze the facts of your mesothelioma case and help you determine whether you are eligible to seek compensation against a negligent or reckless party and recover compensation for your mesothelioma-related expenses.
When to Contact a Pennsylvania Talc Mesothelioma Attorney
If you are or were a barber, hair stylist, cosmetologist, or used talc-based products for personal or business purposes and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the Pennsylvania mesothelioma injury lawyers of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt right away. You may have a claim that can result in you obtaining compensation for:
- Medical bills, expenses, and ongoing treatment costs;
- Lost wages as well as lost future earnings;
- Your mental pain, suffering, and anguish (and that of your family or loved ones);
- Loss of enjoyment of life, if you are not able to engage in the activities you once enjoyed because of your mesothelioma.
McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is your Center City mesothelioma law firm, and we welcome the opportunity to assist you in pursuing a claim for your talc-based mesothelioma. We offer clients a free initial consultation in which we will discuss your legal rights and how to begin the recovery process. You only have a limited amount of time in which to file your claim, so do not delay.
Contact McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today for a free legal consultation regarding mesothelioma or other talc injuries by calling 1-800-590-4116.