Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
The talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits are proceeding against Johnson & Johnson. Claims against the company allege that it failed to provide adequate warnings that the use of talcum-based products could increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Product liability attorneys, including our defective product attorneys, continue to review claims of potential plaintiffs of injuries sustained because they used products containing talcum powder such as Shower-to-Shower, baby powder, and body powder.
Talc’s Link to Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder is derived from hydrated magnesium silicate (talc). Talc can be safe to use; however, research dating as far back as 1971 discovered talc in three-fourths of the ovarian tumors studied. Other studies revealed that powder containing talc applied to the genital area could travel through the vagina and into a woman’s reproductive organs. The result is an increased risk of ovarian tumors.
A 2013 study concluded that woman who uses talcum-containing products had a 20 to 30 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to women who did not use the powder. Even though several studies support the allegations of increased risk for ovarian cancer, the products continue to be marketed, and the companies failed to warn consumers of the potential risk.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Several talcum powder lawsuits have already been adjudicated. The lawsuits allege various causes of action, including failing to provide adequate warnings. Plaintiffs have received judgments against Johnson & Johnson in various amounts, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
The most recent case to be decided was in August 2017. A California jury awarded the plaintiff $417 million. The judge set aside the verdict and granted Johnson & Johnson’s request for a new trial. Four other cases heard in Missouri found in favor of the victims; however, a Missouri appellate court threw out one verdict because of a jurisdictional issue. J&J has only won one trial and faces up to another 4,800 lawsuits by women who have been injured after using the company’s talcum-containing products.
Should I File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
You might be wondering if it is worth filing a lawsuit if the courts are going to reverse and overturn jury verdicts for the plaintiffs. If you have suffered ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson product containing talcum powder, you need to seek legal advice as soon as possible. You could have a valid claim against the company for your damages and injuries.
Your case is unique to you, so you deserve to have an attorney who will listen to your story, investigate the facts surrounding your injury, and fight aggressively to have your claim treated with respect and fairness to obtain legal justice for you and your family. No woman should have to suffer the tremendous pain, emotional suffering, and financial burden caused by ovarian cancer when the cancer was caused by the use of a dangerous product. Failing to warn the public of the dangers of using talcum powder for personal hygiene was negligent and reckless.
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The nationwide talcum powder lawsuit attorneys at The Fox Law Firm, P.C. in Dallas, TX represent clients throughout the United States who have been injured by the negligence of large corporations. We offer free consultations and case evaluations. You can reach our office by calling 1-866-FOX-FIRM or 1-866-369-3476 to discuss your injury.