When consumers use products like cosmetics and makeup, they have reasonable expectations of safety and care. Unfortunately, this is not always a reality. Talcum powder is a common ingredient in many makeup and cosmetic products, and talc can sometimes contain asbestos. If you or a loved one has developed cancer or other medical condition that you suspect is from long-term use of talc in cosmetics, contact a North Carolina cosmetic talc asbestos lawyer to learn what you can do.
The manufacturers and companies that create these cosmetics can be held strictly liable for defective and harmful products. Asbestos is known to have a link to an increased risk of cancer and other long-term exposure illnesses. If a company or any part of its supply chain fails to take proper care in preventing asbestos from appearing in its products, or fails to provide proper warnings, it may be liable for any harm to customers.
If you believe that you contracted lung cancer, a respiratory illness, mesothelioma, or a similar disease because of your use of cosmetics, you could file a civil product liability claim. This claim may be able to cover:
To have the greatest chance of a successful claim, you need an attorney experienced in talcum powder cancer legal claims to investigate your case.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another illness related to asbestos, and you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos in makeup, the attorneys at Wallace & Graham, P.A., could help. Our personal injury and product liability lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experience in mesothelioma-related personal injury claims, including those against negligent corporations.
A developmental and severe illness can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Learning that someone may be responsible for your condition can be frustrating, but it may also enable you to seek justice and hold that party liable. At Wallace & Graham, P.A., we can:
Our dedicated team is experienced in asbestos and talcum powder liability claims. Our firm is proud to have represented the rights of individuals in our community. We know how difficult it is when you or a loved one is suffering from a serious illness. Let us bring you the support you need and fight for the most compensation that is available in your claim.
These legal claims address specific makeup and cosmetics that contain talc and talcum powder. These have been proven to or suspected of having some amount of asbestos. Asbestos exposure can result in developmental diseases and a higher risk of certain illnesses over time.
The mineral talc, when naturally occurring, can also contain the mineral asbestos. Not all talc and talcum powders contain asbestos, but they can if not properly regulated and tested by companies. When consumers are exposed to asbestos, their risk of certain cancers increases. Asbestos is most harmful when inhaled or ingested.
Asbestos has been regulated for many decades, and companies and manufacturers are expected to take reasonable measures to prevent asbestos in talc products. This includes talc in cosmetics and talc in makeup.
When the mineral talc is ground down into talcum powder, it can be used to absorb moisture. This is why it is used in baby powder and cosmetics. In addition to limiting moisture in some makeups, such as eyeshadow, blush, foundations, contour powders, and creams, talcum powder is also used to:
Although talcum powder and products that use it have often been marketed as safe, this is not always the case.
There are no direct proven links between health concerns and talc or talcum powder. Currently, it is only proven that there are direct health risks associated with asbestos and that talc and talcum powder can contain varying amounts of asbestos.
Unfortunately, talcum powder that is used in cosmetics is not very regulated. Because makeup and cosmetic companies can avoid testing all their products for asbestos, many products with talcum powder and asbestos contamination are sold to and used by consumers. Although manufacturers may claim that they make products with asbestos-free talc, even these products can contain asbestos.
Cosmetics and makeup are frequently applied around an individual’s nose and mouth. They may also hang in the air when being applied. Because of this, it increases the likelihood of a person inhaling or ingesting the products, which could include asbestos.
Asbestos fibers in products and asbestos-contaminated talcum powder can be harmful and potentially fatal to consumers. Long-term exposure to asbestos is linked to:
The long-term use of talcum powder-based products that have amounts of asbestos may also lead to this heightened risk. Talk with an experienced North Carolina asbestos lawyer today if you believe that your illness was caused by talc and asbestos exposure.
No agency regulates talcum powder or talc, but asbestos is regulated by state, federal, and local levels of government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that it is unacceptable for asbestos to be in cosmetics, but there are no laws that regulate how the cosmetic industry uses and facilitates talc.
Asbestos is regulated by statutes outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other agencies. These statutes not only refer to asbestos in products but also asbestos in workplaces and living areas. Additionally, they outline how the mineral should be contacted, removed, or operated around safety.
The makeup industry claims that it uses asbestos-free talcum powder, but it has often failed at this. As a result, the FDA reviewed several cosmetic products beginning in 2019. When the FDA tested 43 samples during that year, it found asbestos present in 9 of them. This is nearly 21% of this collection of samples. Asbestos-positive makeup included both adult and children’s cosmetics.
These companies were creating or selling products that contained asbestos-contaminated talcum powder:
However, in 2022, the FDA stated that, of 50 talc-containing cosmetic samples tested, none were found to be positive for asbestos.
A legal claim can benefit significantly from the aid of a qualified attorney. Some of these benefits include:
An attorney can help you fight for justice, financial compensation, and closure to a complex and difficult part of your life.
The FDA tested certain cosmetics for asbestos and discovered it in the following makeup and cosmetic products:
A legal claim filed against Avon products, including their Bird of Paradise Powder, Skin So Soft Satin Talc Powder, and Unforgettable Powder, determined that these products have had asbestos present, although these tests were not completed by the FDA.
In addition to these adult cosmetic products, several children’s cosmetic products and toy makeup kits have been tested by the FDA and were found to have positive results for asbestos. These products include:
Children are at risk of diseases from asbestos, which can take decades to develop. Using these products as a child can result in developmental illnesses as young adults. Children’s products are more likely to use cheaper components, which include talcum powder, and this can increase the risks of product exposure.
Many companies that have been discovered to have asbestos-contaminated products have removed talcum powder from these products, and some companies plan to remove talc and talcum powder entirely from their cosmetics. However, many brands are only removing the products that were proven to be contaminated, or they are only removing talc from their U.S.-marketed products.
If you or a loved one has used talc-based products for an extended period of time and has developed a respiratory disease or cancer, this may be caused by asbestos exposure. If this can be proven, you may have a successful legal claim.
For you or a loved one to be eligible for a talcum powder personal injury or wrongful death claim, you must have a developmental illness that is linked to asbestos. A successful claim must be able to prove the following elements:
These claims must typically prove that the manufacturers knew that there was asbestos in the product or that they should have known that there would be an increased health risk from the product.
The risks of asbestos impact those of any age group.
The value of a claim will depend entirely on the unique damages that an individual has suffered. When you file a talcum powder claim, your settlement could recover any damages, including medical bills, lost income, and lost earning capacity. Your attorney can review your situation to help you determine what losses you have suffered due to an illness. They can then calculate the maximum damages that you could obtain.
A product liability claim can recover economic and noneconomic damages. These damages include:
If you lost a loved one because of an illness caused by talc in cosmetics, you could file a wrongful death claim. This claim can recover damages such as:
In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury and product liability claims is three years from the date of injury. The statute of limitations is the legal deadline you must file a claim by for it to be valid.
However, there are several complicated elements in asbestos talcum powder claims. The developmental diseases from asbestos exposure may not surface for many years, sometimes as long as 60 years. The 3-year countdown may also begin from the date you knew or should have known that you suffered an injury and that it was caused by a defective or dangerous product.
In many cases, unfortunately, you cannot file a product liability claim more than 12 years from the date it was first purchased by anyone if that date was after October 2009. The sooner you talk through your situation with an attorney, the better chance your claim may have. An attorney can help you determine if you have a viable claim and how the state’s statute of limitations applies to you.
At Wallace & Graham, P.A., our goal is to fight diligently for the compensation and justice you deserve. If you believe that a developmental illness was caused by asbestos exposure, contact our team today.