Questions About Filing a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
Our Talcum Powder Lawyer Answers FAQs
Talcum powder is a common product that is a main ingredient in many hygiene products for women and babies. However, studies show that this mineral, which has been widely marketed to families for decades as safe, may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women who use it for feminine hygiene. As a result of these findings, many women are now filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, as well as other manufacturers of talc products. Below, our talcum powder lawyers answer common questions related to talc lawsuits. If you have further concerns, then feel free to contact us for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, then you likely have many questions, especially if you are concerned that a history of talc use may have contributed to this condition. It can be difficult to find straight answers and wade through the misinformation from various talcum powder manufacturers. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our attorneys believe in giving our clients straight answers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Talcum Powder Lawsuits
- What Is Talcum Powder?
- What Are the Dangers Associated with Talcum Powder Use?
- How Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
- If Talcum Powder Is Harmful, Why Is it Still Allowed to be Sold?
- How Do I File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
- Who Can File a Talc Claim?
- What Are Examples of Some Successful Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
Talcum powder, also referred to as “talc,” is a mineral that is often included in care products for babies and women. It is used to prevent chafing and diaper rash; it also acts as a feminine hygiene product and is an ingredient in many cosmetics due to its moisture-absorbent qualities. It is frightening to think that something that is supposed to be pure enough for a baby, something that many people use every day, can be so very harmful.
Research shows that women who regularly use talcum powder on their genitals may have an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer. Worse, companies like Johnson & Johnson likely knew of these risks decades ago, but continued to market talc products specifically for feminine hygiene purposes.
This is especially dangerous as ovarian cancer is often difficult to detect in its early stages. As a result, many women do not receive a diagnosis until the cancer is at an advanced stage.
With regular use on the genitals, small particles of talcum powder, which may also have asbestos in it, can travel through the uterus and fallopian tubes, and embed in the ovaries. The body generally cannot break down or expel the silicon and magnesium compounds that make up talc or the asbestos. As a result, over time, cancerous tissue may develop around these embedded particles. This process can take years. However, once the cancer develops, it generally spreads quickly.
Despite the dangers associated with talcum powder, baby powder products remain on the shelves of stores across the nation. Manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson are currently facing thousands of lawsuits from women claiming their ovarian cancer was the result of talcum powder use. However, these companies are fighting these claims and continue to deny that talc has links to cancer. Meanwhile, the sale of baby powder continues to net manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars in profits every year and women who have used talcum powder for feminine hygiene continue to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Until Johnson & Johnson decides to stop selling its powder, or is stopped by the FDA, it may continue to be sold.
How Do I File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
If you developed ovarian cancer due to regular talc use, then the manufacturer as well as other companies may be liable for the pain and harm you have suffered. As of 2018, Johnson & Johnson alone faces thousands of pending talcum powder lawsuits.
In many cases, plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages on top of compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills and other losses. “Punitive damages” refers to an additional award that is intended to punish the liable party and deter future misconduct. Documents uncovered in litigation have shown that Johnson & Johnson knew that the use of its talcum powder by women for feminine hygiene increases the risk of ovarian cancer, yet Johnson & Johnson continues to market and sell it. The hope is that plaintiffs’ awards of punitive damages will be large enough to stop Johnson & Johnson from selling its dangerous talcum powder.
If you have suffered wrongfully, then you deserve to be compensated for any damages that you incurred. It can be difficult to go up against a big company in court, which is why you need an experienced talcum powder attorney at your side. Our law firm can help.
Any woman who has been a regular user of talcum powder and has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer can potentially file a talcum powder lawsuit. Additionally, if a loved one has already passed away from ovarian cancer and she was a user of talcum powder, then the surviving family members can potentially file suit.
What Are Examples of Successful Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
In the past five years, there have been several notable victories in talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. Some of these include:
- $4.69 Billion. In July of 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded 22 women who had developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson a $4.69 billion verdict; which included $4.14 billion in punitive damages.
- $417 million. In August of 2017, plaintiff who suffered from Stage 4 ovarian cancer after over five decades of talc use received a jury verdict of $417; this included $340 million in punitive damages.
- $110 million. In May of 2017, a plaintiff received a verdict of $110 million; she used talcum powder for over 40 years and developed acute ovarian cancer, which spread to her liver.
- $70 million. In November of 2016, a jury awarded a $70 million verdict to a plaintiff who developed ovarian cancer after using talc for 40 years; this verdict included $65 million in punitive damages.
More Questions? A Talcum Powder Lawyer from Our Firm Can Give You Answers
There are a lot of moving parts involved when filing a lawsuit against a large company like Johnson & Johnson. They will likely try to continue to deny any wrongdoing — and they will have a large team of lawyers to back them up. However, when you choose Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., you will have a legal team on your side that rivals any others that our clients go up against. We have the team necessary to pursue these cases and know the necessary documents and strategy that can help us win in court. A talcum powder lawyer from our offices can help investigate the details of your case, call in expert witnesses and build a strong case.
If you are unsure of the basis for your claim, we offer free consultations at both our Philadelphia and Cherry Hill offices. You will be able to sit down face-to-face with a talcum powder lawyer to discuss the details of your situation, if you have any grounds to file a claim and what to do next. Contact us online or call (866) 569-3400 to schedule your free consultation today to see how we can help you.