In a recent court case in California, a woman was awarded $12 million by the jury of her mesothelioma lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Judith Winkel against Colgate-Palmolive stating that she contracted mesothelioma after using their talcum powder. Winkel’s attorney argued that she inhaled deadly asbestos fibers that were in Colgate-Palmolive’s “Cashmere Bouquet” talcum powder.
While asbestos is not normally found within talcum powder, some talc can come from mines where there are residual asbestos fibers, thereby ending up in a product that should be considered safe.
While Colgate denied the presence of asbestos or even the knowledge of it within their product, the jury found in Winkel’s favor and awarded her $12 million. This led to the plaintiff and Colgate reaching a settlement outside of court. Colgate claims they settled to avoid the lengthy appeals process.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been used in commercial applications for over a century. However, in the 1930s, it was made known to companies that asbestos exposure could lead to severe health problems. If an employer or manufacturer didn’t take the proper steps to protect their employees or their patrons, they can be held liable for illnesses contracted under their supervision.
If you or a family member were exposed to asbestos and have contracted asbestosis or mesothelioma, a terminal form of cancer, please contact our Baltimore mesothelioma attorneys at The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP. We have decades of experience in cases dealing specifically with mesothelioma and can help get you and your family compensation. Call us today for a free case review at (410) 625-9330.