Many people use products containing talcum powder in order to keep their skin dry and for other personal and household uses. While talcum powder has been used for decades, recent evidence has emerged indicating that talcum powder may be dangerous to one’s health and can even cause cancer. When consumer products cause injury or illness because of negligence, those affected can often obtain financial compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit against the responsible party or parties.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is a product made from talc, which is a mineral containing the elements oxygen, silicon, and magnesium. It is capable of cutting down friction and is extremely moisture absorbent, making it useful in keeping the body dry and preventing rashes. It is often used in products like adult body powders, cosmetics, and baby powders.
Talc Powder Lawsuits
Several recent multi-million dollar lawsuits have been in the news which were brought against Johnson & Johnson by the families of women who developed ovarian cancer as a result of the use of talcum powder. These lawsuits revealed the fact that Johnson & Johnson ignored a potential link between its products containing talc and ovarian cancer. One such lawsuit in which the family of a deceased woman was awarded $72 Million, cited a study from 1971 that indicated that women who used talc-based powders in their genital area increased their risk of ovarian cancer by 92%. In addition, the researcher who conducted the study advised a physician working with the manufacturer to place a warning label on its products.
Significant Damages May be Available: Contact a Product Liability Lawyer to Discuss Your Potential Claim
There are currently approximately 1,200 active cases being pursued against Johnson & Johnson in various courts and more will follow. Women who develop ovarian cancer often suffer substantial economic and non-economic losses. Victims should be aware that it is not enough to simply contact a talcum manufacturer and demand money for their losses. These kinds of cases are extremely complicated, and it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. Therefore, if you or one of your loved ones used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at The Rothenberg Law Firm for a free consultation and to learn more about your rights.