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Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. People who develop this rare from of cancer were most likely exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers while working in various industries to support their families. It is common for the development of mesothelioma to occur 20 or sometimes even 40 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

Update: J&J Ordered to Pay $37 Million in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

April 6, 2018 – A New Jersey state jury has ruled against J&J and one of its talc suppliers, Imery Talc America, Inc., in a lawsuit filed by a man with mesothelioma, awarding him $37 million in compensatory damages after determining that his use of talcum powder caused the cancer.

Types of Malignant Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the pleura or lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs, this type of mesothelioma accounts for 75% of diagnosed cases.

  • Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of mesothelial cells that protect the individual organs of a person’s abdomen. This protective layer of cells is commonly known as the peritoneum. Peritoneal mesothelioma makes up about 10-20% of cases. The only known cause in the U.S. of peritoneal mesothelioma is previous exposure to asbestos.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma is the most uncommon from of asbestos related cancer. A person with pericardial mesothelioma has cancerous growths in the tissue around their heart. Strong links between asbestos and the development of pericardial mesothelioma have been made.
  • Sub-types (or cell types) of mesothelioma are epithelial (the most common, and considered the most amenable to treatment), sarcomatous (a much more aggressive form), and biphasic or mixed (a combination of both of the other cell types).

Our Experience – Mesothelioma Litigation

Why You Should Choose Schmidt & Clark, LLP

“Our law firm has substantial expertise in the highly specialized field of occupational Asbestos exposure litigation.”

There are many law firms in the United States that advertise their legal services for Mesothelioma lawsuits, however most of these law firms do not actually litigate them. You can contact our law firm with confidence in knowing that we have earned the nationwide respect and recognition from our peers for the successful representation of Mesothelioma victims and their families.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to Asbestos and developed a form of Asbestos related cancer such as Mesothelioma or other related disease, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.

Who is at risk?

Mesothelioma is found in people who are chronically exposed to asbestos material. Those who are at the highest risk of developing mesothelioma are the people who directly handle asbestos material at their job. This group includes:

  • vehicle mechanics
  • construction workers
  • shipyard workers
  • electricians
  • other workers in the building trades

 

Once mesothelioma is suspected through imaging tests, it is confirmed by pathological examination. Tissue is removed, put under the microscope, and a pathologist makes a definitive diagnosis, and issues a pathology report. If further examination is warranted, the following tests may be done:

Thoracoscopy – For pleural mesothelioma the doctor may look inside the chest cavity with a special instrument called a thoracoscope. A cut will be made through the chest wall and the thoracoscope will be put into the chest between two ribs. This test is usually done in a hospital with a local anesthetic or painkiller. If fluid has collected in your chest, your doctor may drain the fluid out of your body by putting a needle into your chest and use gentle suction to remove the fluid. This is called thoracentesis.

Peritoneoscopy – For peritoneal mesothelioma the doctor may also look inside the abdomen with a special tool called a peritoneoscope. The peritoneoscope is put into an opening made in the abdomen. This test is usually done in the hospital under a local anesthetic.

If fluid has collected in your abdomen, your doctor may drain the fluid out of your body by putting a needle into your abdomen and using gentle suction to remove the fluid. This process is called paracentesis.

Biopsy – If abnormal tissue is found, the doctor will need to cut out a small piece and have it looked at under a microscope. This is usually done during the thoracoscopy or peritoneoscopy, but can be done during surgery.

J&J Ordered to Pay $37 Million in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

April 6, 2018 – A New Jersey state jury has ruled against J&J and one of its talc suppliers, Imery Talc America, Inc., in a lawsuit filed by a man with mesothelioma, awarding him $37 million in compensatory damages after determining that his use of talcum powder caused the cancer.

Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Trial Underway in California

A Pasadena courtroom is the scene of a pivotal trial in which a California woman claims she developed mesothelioma from Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talc-containing cosmetic products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The case is unique in that it is the first to allege a mesothelioma injury from J&J talc to reach trial.

California Jury Awards $18M in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

November 8, 2016 – A jury in Los Angeles has returned an $18.07 million verdict against talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels for its role in causing a man’s development of mesothelioma. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Phillip Depoian was diagnosed with both peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma in May 2015 after years of using a variety of talc-containing cosmetic products including Old Spice, Clubman, King’s Men and Mennen Shave Talc. The verdict is believed to be the largest award on record for a lawsuit alleging mesothelioma from cosmetic talc exposure.

Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual and group litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in your area.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to Asbestos and developed a form of Asbestos related cancer such as Mesothelioma or other related disease, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.

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