One of the most popular mass tort claims today is that of talcum powder. Women who used baby powder and Shower to Shower have been found to be at risk of ovarian cancer. In fact, the odds of developing cancer increase by about 30% for women who use powder on a regular basis.
Basically, the talc in the powder causes inflammation. This inflammation can cause you to develop cancerous cells. There are studies that show a clear link between the powder and the illness. This is why so many plaintiffs are joining these class action talcum powder lawsuits.
If you or a family member have developed ovarian cancer as a result of using powder, you need to contact a mass tort lawyer.
What Sparked the Controversy Over Talcum Powder?
A lot of people think talcum powder just became dangerous within the last few years. They think that maybe newer recipes of the product have materials that weren’t used before. The truth is, baby powder has been dangerous for decades, we just didn’t know it. The manufacturer of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Johnson and Johnson knew about the dangers but chose not to tell their customers about it.
Most of the problems caused by talcum powder have to do with it causing ovarian cancer. Women make up most of the plaintiffs in the talcum powder lawsuits. This is because women used Johnson and Johnson’s powder for feminine hygiene reasons. They applied the powder directly to their private areas, making them very susceptible to ovarian cancer.
The reason powder causes cancer is because of the talc. Talc contains three (3) main ingredients: oxygen, magnesium, and silicon. These things alone aren’t dangerous. The issue is that talc naturally contains asbestos which is a clear, cancer-causing agent. When applied directly to your private area, it can cause irritation that could lead to cancer.
When Did People Start Filing These Lawsuits?
As more women developed ovarian cancer, they began to file suit against the largest talcum powder manufacturer. Most of these lawsuits named Johnson and Johnson as defendants.
Last year, a case was filed against Johnson and Johnson. The jury awarded over $4.7 billion to 22 different plaintiffs. Despite this, Johnson and Johnson still claim that their product is safe. The lawsuit was based more on Johnson and Johnson’s failure to warn than anything else.
There is clear research that talc can cause ovarian cancer. Yet the company still swears there’s nothing wrong with their product. So, they refuse to warn their customers about the dangers of talcum powder. This is going to lead to more lawsuits. However, the company feels they’ll make more money this way than by taking their product off the market.
Over the last few years, thousands of talcum powder lawsuits were filed. Most were filed against Johnson and Johnson. And, many include the company’s failure to warn in their complaint.
For a long time, Johnson and Johnson avoided liability in a lot of these cases. That ended in 2018 with the $4.7 billion verdict previously mentioned. When the judgment was announced, a lot of people worried about what would happen to Johnson and Johnson’s stock value. However, there was little to no significant impact.
What Damages Can You Claim in a Talcum Powder Suit?
Your mass tort attorney will demand that you be compensated for the following:
Any costs associated with the treatment of your ovarian cancer. This includes current and future medical bills.
If you miss time from work or become permanently disabled as a result of your cancer, you are entitled to compensation.
Pain and Suffering
A bulk of your settlement will be due to your pain and suffering. Cancer can be a devastating illness. You will be sick for quite some time. You may not survive. The pain and suffering are tremendous.
Your mass tort lawyer will work hard to get you every penny you deserve.
Contact a Mass Tort Lawyer in Today
If you or a family member have developed ovarian cancer due to talcum powder, contact a mass tort law firm today. You only have so much time to file your suit. You also want to make sure you’re added to any strong class action lawsuits.
Also, you do have to actually be diagnosed with ovarian cancer to file suit. You can’t file suit just because you used talcum powder all your life. You have to show actual damages in order to recover. No lawyer will take your case if you aren’t sick. It would be a waste of your time and theirs.
Call and schedule your free initial consultation today. You can meet with an experienced lawyer who will evaluate your case. You need to focus on your health right now. Let your lawyer handle the legal side of things for you. You may be entitled to significant compensation.