Asbestos, Silica, and
Talcum Powder

For companies, the threat of a lawsuit against you can be overwhelming and complex, not to mention expensive. When employees or consumers file a suit against your company, claiming they were exposed to asbestos, silica, or talcum powder, it’s critical to seek the representation of an experienced toxic tort law firm. The attorneys of Gausnell, O’Keefe, & Thomas, LLC have the knowledge and resources necessary to navigate the complex nature of toxic tort lawsuits. Contact us today to get started with your successful defense.

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Asbestos Lawsuit

The longest-running area of mass tort litigation, asbestos lawsuits date back to the late 1960s. In these cases, it is alleged that when asbestos, a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals found in insulation, construction materials, automotive products, and other materials, is inhaled, long-term devastating health effects can result. Plaintiffs also claim those who inhale or ingest significant doses of asbestos fibers will likely develop various diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or other diseases and types of cancer.

Often, lawsuits arising from alleged asbestos exposures are based on events that occurred years or even decades before the case is ultimately filed. Such a large delay between the date of claimed exposure and the time when the lawsuit is filed can present difficulties in locating witnesses, as well as documentation or other evidence which might exonerate a would-be defendant. 

In many cases, there was much less scientific understanding about potential hazards associated with asbestos and asbestos products for the relevant periods of alleged exposure. As a result, finding and presenting evidence about the relevant time period is imperative to address allegations that a company has breached a duty of care. Other issues also can arise because the total period of alleged asbestos exposures may span years or even decades.

Asbestos Lawsuit Defense

The attorneys of Gausnell, O’Keefe, & Thomas, LLC have extensive experience defending companies within the construction, industrial, commercial, and manufacturing industries in asbestos lawsuits. We understand the complexities of the current landscape, the history surrounding scientific understanding about asbestos, and work diligently to locate favorable evidence and to identify discrepancies in the plaintiff’s claims. No matter the issue, our experience and expertise in these cases will benefit the outcome of your case. With such a large period of time relevant to these matters, many defenses may be available with the guidance of specialized representation.

Silica Lawsuit

Crystalline silica is a mineral that comprises a majority of sand and rocks, such as sandstone and granite. The practice of sandblasting and other similar operations release silica in the form of dust, putting unprotected construction workers at risk. Inhaling silica dust from clay bricks, stones, or tile can lead to an irreversible and often fatal lung disease called silicosis.

Companies serving the mining, construction, masonry, sandblasting, steel, and quarry industries, among others working with sand-based materials, are at risk of a lawsuit. Individuals exposed to silica and subsequently diagnosed with a form of silicosis might pursue a claim against your company. Although they must prove their exposure occurred while on the job or site, it’s crucial that you seek legal counsel should you be presented with a lawsuit.

Silica Lawsuit Defense

Any personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against your business is no small matter. Being accused of harming an employee or partner can potentially ruin your company’s good standing, your reputation, and your financial situation. It is important to seek advice from lawyers with expertise in the available defenses, including but not limited to medical causation, the state of science at the time of the alleged acts or omissions, and many others. When you seek the legal representation of the toxic tort attorneys at Gausnell, O’Keefe, & Thomas, LLC, you’ll receive a solid defense team that will do everything in their power to ensure a positive result.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Also known as talc, talcum powder can contain harmful contaminants such as asbestos, and, depending on its use, can cause mesothelioma or ovarian cancer. It is found in a variety of cosmetic and commercial products, such as:

  • Baby powder
  • Chalk
  • Clay
  • Paper
  • Adhesives
  • Pottery
  • Crayons

The intimate properties of some baby powder products have been alleged to result in potential harm to women if they regularly use them. Additionally, if talcum powder from airborne dust and other particles is inhaled, cancers such as mesothelioma or lung cancers are also injuries pled in these lawsuits.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Defense

If your company is facing a talcum powder lawsuit, contact the experienced lawyers of Gausnell, O’Keefe, & Thomas. Our team of attorneys has the dedication and knowledge to successfully protect your rights and ensure a favorable outcome. We are able to locate evidence and implement new strategies for your defense, mitigating potentially large payouts. Using our deep industry experience, we will work to find a solution that discredits the plaintiff’s talcum powder claims, and secure a positive result.

Why Choose Our St. Louis Toxic Tort Attorneys?

The toxic tort lawyers of Gausnell, O’Keefe, & Thomas, LLC have decades of trial experience. Our goal is to keep your best interests in mind as we out-work and defeat your opponent. The legal profession is our priority, and we seek to bring innovative solutions to every client case. We understand the frustration you’re experiencing, and will work to achieve a prompt resolution so you can move forward.

Our attorneys are recognized for their excellence by peers, publications, and professional organizations. Awards and accolades include:

  • An AV rating, the highest ranking for strong ethical standards and legal abilities
  • Recognition by Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings
  • Identification as Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, ranking as top performers in our fields
  • Regular written publications to educate the Bar and the public at large

Although we’re proud to be highly respected in the legal profession, it’s the lasting client relationships that we value most. We take pride in our ability to provide merit to every case.

Contact Us Today for a Successful Defense

If your company has been accused of exposing employees or consumers to harmful contaminants, it’s crucial that you contact the attorneys of Gausnell, O’Keefe, & Thomas. We know the best methods to successfully defend your company and minimize expensive payouts. Whether or not your case reaches trial, we’ll work diligently to create and implement an effective strategy. Contact us today to begin your journey toward a favorable result.


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