Expert Witness Key to $13M Mesothelioma Verdict

A unique lawsuit in California provides another example of an expert witness contributing to a case that might not have succeeded otherwise. A Los Angeles jury awarded a woman $13 million after finding Colgate-Palmolive responsible for causing the woman’s mesothelioma with an asbestos-tainted product. The victim’s lawyers argued that Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which contained the carcinogenic mineral, caused the fatal illness commonly found in miners, dock workers and construction workers. Testimony from the victim’s physician played a large role in convincing the jury that the product was the cause of illness. The physician is a leading expert on mesothelioma and serves as Director of Thoracic Oncology at UCLA’s Department of Surgery. Even with a scarcity of research linking tainted cosmetics to mesothelioma in women, her doctor explained how the contaminated talcum powder was the most reasonable and likely cause of his patient’s disease. Combined with evidence of asbestos…
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Don’t Let Paying for Case Expenses Restrict the Growth of Your Practice

Work Up Your Case Now. Pay Later. As an attorney, you may feel conflicted about how to prioritize your spending. Investing in your firm is obviously important for keeping your practice thriving, but that big case you’re working on also needs funds for the best chance of success. At FOCUS Case Support Services, we believe that investing in one area should not come at the expense of another. With FOCUS, you can build the best possible case with no cost upfront, giving you the freedom to grow your practice with your remaining budget. How Can FOCUS Help With My Case Expenses? Attorneys typically outsource a number of different functions in building a solid legal case and proving damages: record retrieval, nurse review, medical chronology, court reporting, process serving, etc. FOCUS offers the services to best meet your needs. This means you save time otherwise spent searching for and negotiating with…
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Complex Injury Cases Often Demand Expensive Expert Witnesses

The verdicts awarded to two men injured by diacetyl inhalation provide two examples of how expert witness testimony can strengthen an injury case. One of the victims was a regular consumer of microwave popcorn, while the other man worked in a California flavoring plant. Both men developed a serious respiratory condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung,” from inhaling the diacetyl used for butter flavoring and smell in microwave popcorn. The popcorn-eating victim was greatly assisted in his claim by the lung specialist who treated him and wrote to federal authorities after becoming convinced of diacetyl’s risks. The specialist’s research and testimony helped to show that diacetyl levels in the man’s home were reaching levels normally seen at popcorn plants. The victim was eventually awarded $7 million in the case. The flavoring plant worker took his popcorn lung case to trial and benefitted from his own expert witness. The…
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