When you’re experiencing health problems possibly linked to asbestos in baby powder or other talcum products, your health is understandably your foremost concern. But you might also have legal questions: Who is responsible? What kind of compensation might a talc-asbestos settlement bring? How much can I get for my pain and suffering?
As with any personal injury case, the answers depend on the specifics of your situation. One thing is certain, though: Talc-asbestos cases are complicated, and there are a number of reasons why your best first step is to discuss your circumstances with an experienced lawyer.
The value of a personal injury case is determined mostly by the seriousness of the claimant's injuries and other losses ("damages"), and a talc-asbestos case is no exception. Health problems caused by asbestos-tainted baby power or another talc-based personal hygiene product can be significant, and that means:
All of these factors can add to your damages and increase the value of your talc-asbestos case, which means that it’s important to make sure that your case is in the right hands.
Your damages are tied not only to the compensation you’ll receive but also your lawyer’s fee. Your attorney will almost certainly be paid under a contingency fee agreement, where the lawyer receives an agreed-upon percentage of any settlement or court award you receive. (That means if you don’t get paid, neither does your lawyer.)
With some types of injuries, it might not be a bad idea to handle the claim on your own. For instance, if you’ve been in a minor car accident, the other driver was clearly at fault, and your injuries weren’t significant, hiring a lawyer might not make much of a difference, as long as you’re willing to dive into the claim process. But talc-asbestos cases are very different.
First of all, as noted above, the stakes are much higher in a talc-asbestos case than in other types of injury cases. When it comes time to negotiate with a large manufacturer—such as Johnson & Johnson—and its team of attorneys, a good lawyer will have the skill, experience, and resolve to stand up and fight for your case.
Second, when you hire a lawyer who has experience handling talc-asbestos or similar lawsuits, you’re putting your case in the hands of someone who has been here before—that means they know the best evidence to put forward, the right legal arguments to make, and how to avoid the types of pitfalls that could derail your case. Maybe they’ve even successfully dealt with cases that are identical to yours in terms of:
When you hire an attorney with experience in talc-asbestos cases, you’re also getting the support of that lawyer’s network of medical experts, investigators, litigation consultants, and other professionals—people who should be equipped to help build a strong case.
When you’re experiencing a medical problem resulting from the use of a talc product, your health is your priority. Putting the legal side of things in capable hands means that you can focus on getting well, while your attorney focuses on building your best case.
For more information, read about finding and working with the right lawyer for your talc-asbestos case.