Of Course Johnson & Johnson Knew About Risks of Asbestos in Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson has long denied that it had any knowledge about harmful ingredients in its talcum powder products. But a recent article in The New York Times reports that the company has known for years that its popular baby powder was potentially contaminated with asbestos. According to the article, the company was warned about the possibility of asbestos contamination in its baby powder by a company executive as early as 1971. The executive recommended to senior company leaders that Johnson & Johnson improve its quality control of talc, a mineral that is the main ingredient in the powder. Asbestos, which has been on the world radar screen for years as a cause of cancer, is often found near talc mines. Two years later, another executive also warned the company about possible asbestos fibers in its talc. Other warnings followed over the years. Instead of removing the product from the market, changing the main ingredient, or at least adding warning labels, senior company leaders instead sought to hide the findings. The deception and denials from the company have gone on for years, to the life-threatening detriment of consumers who use the product. Recent internal documents and memos that came to[…..]

Home Safety and Defective Products

MD Product Liability Lawyer

National Home Safety Month, which falls in June, is meant to remind us to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Accidents in the home take hundreds of thousands of lives every year. The National Safety Council’s (NSC) Injury Facts 2017 reported that, during 2015, 146,571 unintentional deaths occurred in the U.S. While staying safe at home might sound easy, in reality it covers an enormous amount of ground. Home safety can range from preventing break-ins to detecting carbon monoxide to preparing for natural disasters. However, generally five problem areas produce the greatest number of mishaps on home ground: Poisoning has rocketed to the No. 1 spot for unintentional adult deaths, mostly because of prescription drug overdoses. But household cleaners, pesticides, and similar products continue to pose a tremendous danger to children. Falls. Slippery areas such as the bathroom and stairs can create many deadly situations. Falls are a rapidly-growing cause of death for those 65 and over. Choking and suffocation. Keep anything small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube away from the very young. Cords from window blinds and similar items can also prevent a hanging hazard for children. Fires and burns. Cooking areas and space heaters[…..]

If You Are a Woman Who Uses Talcum Powder, Please Read This Now

MD Talcum Powder Lawyer

Talcum powder and baby powder (which is made of talc)—everyday items that so many women use after a shower or bath—have concrete links with certain types of ovarian cancer. A study published in the May, 2016, issue of the medical journal Epidemiology reported that, after prolonged use in the genital-perineal area, talcum powder could raise a woman’s chances of developing cancer of the ovaries by up to 44 percent. The study further showed that talc usage was most likely to be connected with certain types of ovarian cancers, mostly those in the grouping known as epithelial ovarian cancers (EOCs). These cancers, which begin in the lining of the ovaries, are the most common variety, causing 85 to 90 percent of ovarian cancer cases. Unfortunately, nearly 70 percent of women who develop an EOC are not diagnosed until the cancer reaches an advanced stage, resulting in a poor prognosis. Key Takeaways from the Study Some of the evidence that resulted from the study includes the following: A significant association exists between the use of talcum powder and epithelial ovarian cancers. The trend increases as the number of “talc-years” of usage increases. No confounders appeared responsible for the significant association. An epidemiological[…..]

Think Twice About Your Exposure to Pesticides

We have told you previously about problems with Roundup, a broad-spectrum herbicide implicated as a risk factor for developing the cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But recent harmful incidents involving pesticides have surfaced in which people have sustained permanent damage and disability. What Are Pesticides? Pesticides kill many things. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), common pesticides include: Herbicides (kills weeds, like Roundup does) Insecticides (kills insects) Rodenticides (kills rodents like mice and rats) Fungicides (kills fungal outbreaks such as mold). All of these pesticide varieties carry some form of risk. Traditional farming uses several types of pesticides, which is one big reason that organic farming and food have become popular. But your danger from pesticides can be much bigger than eating non-organic food. It can be as close as the company which treats your home for roaches or termites, or as close as the bottle of “cide” you purchase at a big-box store. The list is long when it comes to the active ingredients—the poisons—in these products. Some general classes of ingredients include: Organochlorines Organophosphates Pyrethrin and pyrethroids Carbamates These have been associated with some of the honeybee deaths. What Harm Can Pesticides Cause? In humans, and in[…..]

Wood Stove Safety

Maryland Wood Stove Injury Lawyer

The smell and sound of a wood fire, the warmth that it emits, and possibly some savings for your wallet as well—no wonder so many of us enjoy heating our homes with wood stoves. Used properly, wood stoves can be an effective way to heat your place. But wood stoves also carry some risks if you don’t understand what you need to do to use one safely. Fires in the U.S. that occur because of wood-burning stoves and related appliances cause around 2,500 injuries and 280 deaths each year. Home heating systems in general are the second most common reason for all winter house fires (cooking is the first). We can tell you about three recent house fires caused by wood stoves: 2016: A house fire near the Frederick-Carroll county border in Maryland did $200K worth of damage. Fortunately, everyone got out safely. A malfunctioning wood stove was the cause. 2016: A house fire in Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania, resulted in no injuries, with smoke detectors getting the credit for saving lives. A malfunctioning wood stove was the cause. 2016: A house fire in Marshfield, Massachusetts left the home uninhabitable. There were no injuries, because of working smoke detectors. A faulty[…..]

E-cigarette Poisonings of Children Jumping Higher

E-cigarettes and the practice of vaping are often seen as a less-risky alternative to regular cigarettes. And they may be—for adults—but not for children. The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes has been responsible for poisoning nearly ten thousand kids over the past five and a half years. A concentrated dose of liquid nicotine can cause severe illness and death. From January 2011 through May 2016, 9,900 children were poisoned by e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, according to the figures reported to poison centers via the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Over a 40-month period, from January 2012 through April 2014, accidental exposures by kids to e-cigarettes increased roughly 1500 percent. Children accidentally exposed to e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine were over twice as likely to experience severe medical problems as those exposed to regular cigarettes, and were over five times more likely to be admitted to a hospital or other medical facility. During the time period mentioned, there were comas, seizures, and one death from nicotine poisoning. In an effort to stem the tide of poisonings, the FDA has stepped in. FDA’s Authority Now Extends to E-cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule that subjects tobacco products[…..]

Side Airbags Scrutinized as Recall Expands

Will it never end? The latest development in the Takata airbag troubles is that some side airbags, in addition to front passenger and driver airbags, are now included in the largest automotive recall in history. The latest addition to the recall, issued on October 20, 2015, expanded to several vehicle brands with regard to the side airbags. One automaker, Toyota, has started replacing the defective side-airbag inflators. It has also ordered dealers to disable the airbags and place a “Do Not Sit Here” message on the vehicle’s dashboard if parts for the fix are unavailable. The Beginnings of Trouble? The story of the Takata side airbags begins in June, 2015, when one ruptured during the crash of a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan involving a deer. No one was hurt, but the accident placed the side airbags on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) radar. Fast forward to October, 2015, when General Motors recalled several hundred 2015 vehicles for possibly-faulty side airbags after Takata informed GM that almost 400 cars had side airbags that failed testing. After some investigation, the NHTSA expanded its probe into side airbags of all model years, not just the older inflators, for defects. Flaws in the[…..]