Talcum powder is from a naturally-occurring mineral, talc. The mineral is mined and then crushed to form a fine powder for cosmetic use. Since talc is a finely-ground powder, it has several useful properties, including moisture absorption and friction reduction. Besides being an ingredient in cosmetic products, some people use it in its raw form.
However, in the recent past, numerous safety concerns have arisen over this product. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that talcum powder contains asbestos, causing or increasing your risk of contracting certain types of cancers. Further studies have shown that talcum powder among women increases their risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Due to these findings, most retailers in the US have stopped stocking the product. Individuals who have earlier used the product have started to sue manufacturers who use talc to manufacture baby products and cosmetics. If you are in this cohort, it is essential to have a personal injury attorney to hold your hand to find justice.
Adverse effects of talcum powder
Talc is a known carcinogen that causes malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of incurable fast-spreading cancer. Talc powder contains airborne particles, which irritate users. This condition is talcosis and is from extended exposure. Among the symptoms of talcosis include coughing, wheezing, and lung irritation. Prolonged use of talcum powder can trigger asthma or pneumonia among some users.
Since FDA does not regulate the cosmetic industry, most players found to use talc on their products continue to deny any wrongdoing when such lawsuits come their way. Some manufacturers have even refused to add warning messages on the label to inform users of potential harmful effects on their products. A personal injury attorney will help you successfully file a suit.
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We have experience handling personal injury suits, and you can count on our expertise to help you get justice. Please do not feel intimidated about suing a corporate giant when their products pose a health threat to you. Contact us today to have a battle-hardened personal injury attorney on the frontline of your legal battle.