A landmark $72 million in damages is highlighting the dangers of a common health and beauty aid marketed to women and babies – talcum powder. The 2016 case is bringing national attention to Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder product and the damages it could cause anyone using it. The company was ordered to pay damages in the amount of $72 million to the family of a woman who contracted cancer and later died after using the product. Those still using this dangerous product are advised to seek medical treatment; while those who have experienced damages, or lost a loved one due to talcum powder use should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral; it is crushed into a powder form to create a variety of products. Companies like Johnson & Johnson use it in cosmetic, personal care and beauty items. According to the American Cancer Society, women who use talcum powder in or around the genital region are at an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is particularly dangerous because it is very difficult to detect; in many cases, the cancer has a chance to grow and spread before the patient even realizes she has the disease.
Talcum Powder / Litigation
With warnings and studies ranging back to 1971 that pointed out the increased cancer risk, companies like Johnson & Johnson likely knew of the link but failed to add warning labels or caution customers. The clear link between ovarian cancer and talc has led to injury lawsuits across the country as women and families become aware of the harm caused by a seemingly benign product.
If you or someone you love has experienced ovarian cancer and used talc or talcum powder in the past, a personal injury attorney can help ensure you are treated fairly. Contact us to talk about your specific situation and to learn more about what to expect from the process; our evaluation is free and designed to help you get the assistance and insight you need.