Talcum Powder Lawsuit Funding Provides for Those Injured by Household Product

Whitney Taylor | May 11th, 2015

talcum 2Colgate-Palmolive has settled a case with a plaintiff who claims use of one of their products decades ago led her to develop a deadly form of cancer. The settlement came after a jury found that asbestos in the talcum powder product was the primary reason behind her cancer diagnosis. Other plaintiffs who have made similar cancer allegations may find talcum powder lawsuit funding offers the financial relief they need while they begin to navigate the complex and sometimes lengthy legal process.

Judith Winkel and her husband John Winkel filed their lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging use of Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet powder for many years led to Judith Winkel’s diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that affects the tissue covering most major organs in the body. Symptoms of the disease can vary, based on where the cancer forms. For most patients, there is no effective way to treat mesothelioma.

About mesothelioma and asbestos

The primary risk factor for mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. The plaintiffs in the case claim that talc in Cashmere Bouquet was taken from mines laced with asbestos. The asbestos fibers that got into the talcum powder led to mesothelioma in some users that were not exposed to asbestos otherwise. Winkel states in her complaint that she used the Colgate product from around 1961 to the mid-1970s.

Colgate has denied the charges that the Cashmere Bouquet product was laced with asbestos. The company told media that the settlement was reached after the jury verdict in order to avoid “devoting resources to continuing litigation through the appeals process.” The amount of the settlement was confidential and came after the jury ordered Colgate-Palmolive to pay the plaintiffs $12.4 million in damages and was considering tacking on additional punitive damages to the amount.

First lawsuit of its kind

While this is the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging asbestos in talcum powder led to a cancer diagnosis, similar cases have been filed and are currently pending in courtrooms nationwide. More cases have also been filed alleging harm from powder products. Currently around 700 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits, claiming use of talcum powder has led to ovarian cancer.

Talc is the softest mineral available, and is found in many cosmetics and hygiene products. Some women are now claiming regular use of talcum powder has led to the development of ovarian cancer. At this time, studies on the link between talc and cancer have been somewhat mixed. Litigation continues to work through current evidence as plaintiffs await their day in court.

How a talc cancer lawsuit loan can help

During the waiting game, plaintiffs that have been diagnosed with cancer have had to undergo medical treatment. Some have lost significant amounts of time from work, which has led to income reductions at a time when finances may already be tight. For some who are currently playing the legal waiting game, talcum powder lawsuit funding may be the financial relief needed until the legal process takes its full course.

At LawStreet Capital, we help those harmed by talcum powder products get the financial help they need to ensure medical treatment and coverage for lost wages. Our cash advances are based on the expectation of the outcome of your case, and are not due until your case is decided or settled. Our application process is fast and easy, and clients often get their funding within 24 hours.

To learn more, contact one of our representatives at 1-866-FUND-662.