Johnson's Baby Powder Accused of Causing Abdominal Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is normally associated with causing cancer of the lining in the lungs
Friday, August 16, 2019 - Asbestos has been proven to be carcinogenic and cause mesothelioma, most notoriously in asbestos miners that breathed massive quantities of asbestos dust on a regular basis and for an extended number of years, sometimes decades. Mesothelioma of the lungs is a disease where microscopic yet sharp and jagged asbestos fibers cause irritation in the lungs alveoli that results in scar tissue developing and gradually reducing the lung's elasticity that is essential to being able to breathe. Mesothelioma is almost always fatal as its victims gradually suffocate to death. Not exactly an image that you would expect to come to mind when one thinks of using Johnson's Baby Powder whose branding links the product with being safe enough to use every day to powder your baby. Johnson's Baby Powder has been accused of containing asbestos and causing mesothelioma of the lining of the lungs and now accusations are being made that talcum powder can cause peritoneal mesothelioma when it is used from birth. Peritoneal Mesothelioma is cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity caused by ingesting asbestos fibers. Here is how it happens. Talcum powder attorneys offer free consultations to American families harmed by asbestos in talcum powder and have vast experience handling medical litigation's.
There is a likelihood that babies could ingest Johnson's Baby Powder dust through the nose and mouth due to the way the Johnson's Baby Powder dispenser bottle is designed. All a mother has to do is to twist the top and then squeeze the bottle to send a stream of baby powder onto the baby's bottom. This is usually done with one hand while simultaneously gripping the baby's feet in the other hand and gently lifting the baby's bottom. When the powder is streamed in this fashion a cloud of dust forms immediately that falls on the nearest surface which includes the baby's mouth and face. Rarely does a mother turn away from the child to safely apply the powder to her hand before rubbing it on the baby. Thus a baby could be ingesting asbestos fibers three or four times a day, seven days per week for the first few years of their lives. It is no stretch to imagine that asbestos could accumulate over the years in one's abdomen and eventually cause abdominal mesothelioma.
Such a trial is underway in New Jersey where four plaintiffs Will Ronning, Douglas Barden, David Etheridge, and D'Angela McNeill-George, all claim that their abdominal mesothelioma was caused by each of them orally ingesting Johnson's Baby Powder when applied to them as a child. According to CosmeticBusiness.com, "Johnson & Johnson's toxicologist John Hopkins confirmed the products "J&J baby powder never contained asbestos" when asked by the company's attorney." It should be noted that CosmeticsBusiness.com represents the cosmetics industry and has more than a passing vested interest in supporting Johnson's Baby Powder as being safe. On the other hand, LawyersandSettlements.com reported that people are more apt to develop cancer from ingesting asbestos when they are infants. "Babies are even more susceptible to the risks of asbestos exposure because their cells are still developing and because they breathe faster, increasing the amount of asbestos they might breathe in, plaintiff's attorney Moshe Maimon told the jury."