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Talcum Powder Health Risks

by Keith Adkins

Talc is a natural substance used in the manufacture of more than 44,200 cosmetic and medical products sold in the United States today. Unfortunately, asbestos—a toxic substance that is also found in the Earth—naturally occurs in talc mines. Although the asbestos is typically removed before making it to market, it can taint talcum powder if it is not properly harvested and quality control standards aren’t met.

Exposure to the asbestos found in talcum powders can lead to numerous health conditions. Mesothelioma is well known to be associated with exposure to asbestos, but a link has also been established between the regular use of talcum powder in the genital area and the development of ovarian cancer.

Many women who developed the disease after using products containing talc have gone on to file talc ovarian cancer lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products that harmed them; however, despite these suits and evidence from scientific journals that show the link between talc use and ovarian cancer, there are very few laws in place to protect consumers from these risks.

An article from Cold Truth explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has very few regulations in place to protect consumers from contaminated talcum powders. Furthermore, the agency has paid very little attention to the allegations regarding talcum powders and ovarian cancer cases.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the struggles victims of defective products face in their battles for justice and our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the suits that have been filed in connection to talcum powders will result in justice for those who have been harmed.

Mesothelioma Patient Awarded $6 Million in Damages

by Keith Adkins

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that’s used in many construction materials because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. However, exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

This risk of developing cancer has led to millions of sickened workers filing lawsuits against the companies who failed to warn them about the risks involved with handling materials tainted with asbestos. One such case recently resulted in a Moore, Oklahoma, man being awarded a total of $6 million in compensation.

According to an article from Tulsa World, the 51-year-old victim claims he was exposed to asbestos throughout the 1970s and 1980s through dust on his father’s clothes, who was a homebuilder and remodeler at the time. The exposure continued when the victim worked as a construction laborer and auto mechanic after that.

The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 and filed suit soon thereafter, claiming three companies were responsible for his exposure to asbestos and his development of cancer. A jury agreed and awarded the man compensatory damages to cover medical and hospital expenses, as well as pain, mental anguish, and physical disability. No punitive damages were awarded in this case.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the difficulties that can accompany a diagnosis of mesothelioma. That’s why our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the decision that was reached will bring the victim a sense of peace and closure.

Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Affects More Than 34 Million Vehicles

by Keith Adkins

Two weeks ago, auto parts manufacturer Takata Corporation expanded a massive vehicle recall stemming from faulty airbags the company manufactured and installed in several makes and models of vehicles in the U.S. Our Oklahoma defective product lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys explain that it seems as though the recall may have taken a twist.

The Takata airbag recall was launched after it was discovered that the propellant used to inflate the airbags in the event of an accident had a defect that allowed it to degrade over time. If this occurred and the airbag was activated, the reaction could be strong enough to cause debris from the unit to be launched toward occupants in the vehicle. This can be considered a safety hazard, with six deaths and more than 100 injuries linked to the problem.

Since the Takata airbag recall has been initiated, Takata has come forward to say that vehicles that previously had faulty airbags replaced may need to have the new airbags replaced as well due to the same problem. According to an article from KOCO News, officials are concerned motorists may ignore this fact, thinking they have already addressed the problem.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the risks that are posed by driving a vehicle with defective equipment. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers encourage you to have your vehicle inspected if you receive a recall notice. Also, you can stay informed on the latest recalls involving your vehicle by regularly checking safeercar.gov for information about recalls affecting your vehicle.

New Laws Regulate Asbestos Removal

by Keith Adkins

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used during the manufacturing of many items, such as construction materials. Unfortunately, exposure to Asbestos can result in an individual developing a deadly form of cancer, known as mesothelioma.

Despite this risk, it’s estimated that roughly 30 million structures in the United States, including homes and businesses, contain asbestos. To help prevent the citizens of Oklahoma from being exposed to the deadly substance, Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 658 into law.

According to an article from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, the bill outlines policies that will create more stringent regulations regarding liability and removal of asbestos from buildings. The bill will remove regulatory burdens from the shoulders of contractors and will instead depend on the Department of Labor and the Department of Environmental Quality to ensure the safe removal of asbestos from buildings in Oklahoma.

The bill, which took effect in April, will reduce the number of inspections and the number of agencies conducting inspections during asbestos removal projects in Oklahoma.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we’ve seen the devastating results asbestos exposure can have on victims and their families. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful that this new set of regulations will help the state and its agencies significantly reduce the chances of Oklahoma’s workers being exposed to this deadly, cancer-causing substance.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma

by Keith Adkins

We each face workplace hazards on a daily basis, but the risks soldiers face are especially high. One of the greatest dangers many service members are at risk of is exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos is a nonflammable insulating fiber contained in many structures and vehicles used by the United States military. The problem is, exposure to asbestos can result in an individual developing a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma.

Data shows that around 1,000 veterans are diagnosed with Mesothelioma each year. This leaves many wondering what service members can do to protect themselves from the disease.

Using respiratory protection while on the job is one option, but it may not totally prevent exposure. That’s why an article from The Mesothelioma Center encourages former and current soldiers to remain vigilant of the symptoms that can manifest in an individual who has developed Mesothelioma.

The symptoms of the disease can include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Weight Loss
  • Tightness in the Chest

So what should you do if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms? Experts say that while there is no cure for Mesothelioma, getting early treatment can help extend an individual’s life expectancy and quality of life.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers have seen the devastating results Mesothelioma can have and hope these tips help you to recognize the signs of the disease and the need to take immediate action toward treatment and receiving proper compensation.

 

Lawsuits Filed in Connection With Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risks

by Keith Adkins

Personal hygiene is important. In fact, it’s our first line of defense against disease. Sometimes though, the products we use to stay fresh and clean actually may do more harm than good.

Take, for instance, the lawsuits that have been filed against several companies in regards to talcum powder ovarian cancer risks. The suits claim companies failed to inform consumers of their increased risk of developing ovarian cancer when products containing talcum powder are used in the genital area.

According to an article from nj.com, the lawsuit was filed by the husband of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder on her genitals for decades. The suit goes on to explain the companies who marketed these products did so despite knowing the risks the products posed. Reports were cited that linked the powder to an increased chance of cancer decades before any action was taken.

Companies named in the suit include Johnson & Johnson, Valeant, and Chattem—the makers of Gold Bond medicated powder. Imery’s, the company who provided the talcum for the products, was also named as a defendant.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we would like to remind anyone who has developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder or talc-based products in the genital area that you have legal rights to compensation for your injury. To learn more, give our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers a call at (877) 579-6800 today.

Honda Faces Scrutiny for Equipping Vehicles With Potentially Defective Products

by Keith Adkins

Auto manufacturers in the United States have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles and equipment they release to the public; however, in recent months there’s been an uptick in the number of reports involving defective products being installed in vehicles.

In fact, the latest company to come under scrutiny is Honda Motor Corporation. Consumers are claiming airbags on certain models of Honda vehicles are suddenly deploying for no reason. News on 6 told the story of how one teenager from Tulsa, Oklahoma, narrowly avoided injury after faulty airbags deployed in a 2005 Honda Accord while driving down highway 75.

Honda, along with 16 other major auto makers, is currently facing scrutiny over allegedly defective airbags which can injure drivers when they deploy during an accident. In the case of the Tulsa teen however, the airbags deployed when there was no accident and didn’t injure the driver, making it a slightly different case than the larger controversy surrounding Takata airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission is currently investigating newer model 2008 Honda Accords for faulty airbags that can deploy without warning, but that investigation doesn’t include the 2006 model driven by the teenager in Tulsa.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we understand the devastation that can result from a crash involving a vehicle with defective parts. That’s why we’re here to help if you’ve been injured in such an accident. Call our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at (877) 579-6800 to discuss your legal rights today.

Oklahoma Awarded Grant to Reduce Asbestos and Associated Mesothelioma Cases

by Keith Adkins

While many of the products that have been created as a result of the industrial revolution have benefited society, some have come with particularly high human costs as well. Take asbestos, for instance. This chemical product was created as a fireproof insulator and has successfully been used in many factories, buildings, and ships; however, exposure to the product is also the only known cause for a deadly cancer known as Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma can affect the membrane linings of the lungs and abdominal cavity. There is currently no cure to the disease, although treatments have been found that can prolong a patient’s life.

These dangers have been known for decades, yet the product is still found in many of the construction products and materials that we use today. In fact, Oklahoma recently received a grant to reduce the amount of asbestos that is found in schools across the state.

An article from The Joplin Globe explains the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Oklahoma $204,000 to monitor and assist compliance regarding asbestos regulations. The money will also go towards inspections, community outreach, employee training, and enforcement.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the serious risks that can be posed by exposure to asbestos. That’s why our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are excited the state has been awarded this grant. We are hopeful it will be used to better protect and serve the people of Oklahoma.

Study Shows Risks Associated With Some Newborn Care Products

by Staff

Protecting children from harm is a top priority for most parents; however, a new study is showing some of the products used for newborn care may not be as safe as previously believed and may cause a defective product injury.

In the February issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, a team of researchers released a set of findings that showed a high number of infant deaths and injuries that were associated with swaddlers, sleepers, and wearable blankets. The group examined records and reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that were collected from 2004 to 2012 and what they found was astounding.

During the time frame the study examined, there were 36 adverse health events reported in conjunction with the use of swaddling products. Ten of the reports came after the death of a child, with 80 percent of those incidents being listed as the result of positional asphyxia related to prone sleeping. 70 percent listed other contributing factors, such as plush bedding.

Two other reports were completed after a newborn was injured. Those injuries involved the teeth of zippers harming children.

Another 12 reports were made out of concern about a product although a child was not injured.

These numbers leave many parents wondering what can be done to prevent such incidents. The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain parents should stop swaddling infants as soon as their earliest attempts to roll over are witnessed. Until then, all excess bedding, such as pillows and blankets, should be removed from the child’s sleeping area. Parents who use swaddling wraps or wearable blankets are also encouraged to double check to ensure all fasteners are secure.

CPSC Moves To Make Voluntary Recall Agreements Legally Binding

by Staff

When a product introduced to the market in the United States is found to be defective, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has often worked with manufacturers to conduct a voluntary recall on the affected product. The Oklahoma Defective Product Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that for the past 39 years, these recalls have not been legally binding agreements between the government agency and companies; however, that may soon change.

An article released by Mondaq News states that CPSC Vice-Chairman, Bob Adler, has proposed amendments to the voluntary recall notice rules that would make “corrective action plans” established for defective products legally binding agreements between the government agency and companies. This move would allow the CPSC to enforce any recalls that are made by taking the company to court if they do not uphold their part of any agreement that is made.

The changes were approved in a 3-1 vote, with those opposing the reforms saying any alterations are unnecessary, considering the current system is working well and has for the past several decades.

The changes could also affect the way civil litigation regarding defective products is handled in the future. That’s why J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has been harmed by a faulty product to discuss their legal options with a reputable attorney immediately.