Pathologist testifies during victim’s mesothelioma lawsuit

Baby powder was once largely comprised of talc, a substance that is frequently contaminated with asbestos. In the past, this type of talc baby powder was a commonly-used substance by many in South Carolina, and now some residents may be developing devastating health consequences. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause the deadly cancer mesothelioma.

A pathology expert recently testified in an out-of-state courtroom on behalf of a woman suing Johnson & Johnson. Her suit claims that the company’s talc-based baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, which leaves victims with an average life expectancy of about two years. It is generally accepted that it takes about 10 years from the time of exposure to the development of mesothelioma tumors.

During court, the pathologist explained that mesothelioma tumors are a type of signal tumor. Signal tumors indicate a specific cause for a cancer, and as he explained, mesothelioma’s is a signal for exposure to asbestos. He did state that in extremely rare cases certain other natural fibers could sometimes cause a person to develop mesothelioma, but that the real cause is almost always asbestos.

With limited life expectancy and considerable medical bills along the way, victims who develop mesothelioma often feel extremely disheartened. However, compensation for South Carolina victims may be possible. Holding companies accountable through the careful actions of a civil suit not only help victims address the financial side of their damages, it can also force the companies to make necessary changes that protect future consumers from suffering similar outcomes.

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