Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Contact a Corpus Christi Product Liability Attorney for Experienced Help
Across the United States, product liability attorneys are exploring the
option of initiating litigation on behalf of females who have been diagnosed
with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products as part of their
personal hygiene routines.
Allegations are growing that the makers of these products have long been
aware of the risks such uses pose to consumers yet failed to provide adequate
warning to the general public. If you used talcum powder and were diagnosed
with ovarian cancer, or if you lost a loved one to ovarian cancer, you
could be entitled to compensation for your care, ongoing treatment, and
pain and suffering.
Talk to a Corpus Christi product liability lawyer at the Bandas Law Firm
by calling (361) 238-2789. Your consultation is free, and we can determine
whether you may have a case.
Studies Connecting Talcum Power & Ovarian Cancer
While it is true that talc has been a component of popular cosmetics for
generations, multiple studies have revealed startling links between habitual
use of such products for feminine hygiene tasks and the eventual emergence
of ovarian cancer in those same women.
A study conducted in 1971, for instance, found that nearly 3/4 of ovarian
tumors examined in fact contained embedded particles of talc. Another
research effort outlined in the journal Cancer Prevention found that female
subjects who regularly used talc as part of a hygiene routine likely increased
their risk of ovarian cancer by 20-30% as compared to those who had not
utilized talc products in this way.
Widespread Failure to Warn Consumers of Talc Cancer Risk
Evidence suggests that industry insiders and others have grasped the connection
between talc product use and ovarian cancer, yet the United States Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) has thus far failed to take significant
action on the matter. No broad-based warnings have been issued to consumers
and no label changes or enhancements have been mandated by the regulatory
agency. This has been the case despite pleas from organizations such as
the Cancer Prevention Coalition to strengthen alerts regarding perineal
use of talcum powder products. Also curiously quiet on the matter have
been cosmetic product manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, routinely
minimizing reports of the danger and going so far as to explicitly deny
that its products have had any connection to cancer.
New Concerns over Possible Talc Mesothelioma Risk
Though the possible connection between talc products and ovarian cancer
has been cause for concern for many years, new research points to yet
another talc-related danger. A study published in the International Journal
of Occupational and Environmental Health suggests that widely sold brands
of talc-containing powders may have the potential to cause mesothelioma,
a rare and particularly brutal form of lung cancer. The study’s
authors reveal that such powders may release inhalable asbestos fibers
into the air, endangering those who use them with regularity. Mesothelioma
often remains in a dormant stage for an extended period and by the time
it is diagnosed, tends to be extremely advanced. Life expectancies for
such patients are then typically quite short.
Key Facts about Talcum Powder Lawsuits
There can be no doubt that those who pursue a talcum powder lawsuit will
have to negotiate significant obstacles raised by deep-pocketed personal
care product manufacturers. In order to prevail, plaintiffs will be required
to demonstrate that such companies did not provide enough warning of known
dangers, marketed products they understood to be dangerous when used in
a foreseeable manner, and downplayed research indicating serious risk.
It will also be necessary to establish the causal link between talcum
powder product use and each diagnosis of ovarian or another type of cancer.
Those who succeed may be eligible to receive compensation for the following:
- Current, past, and present medical expenses
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of marital and familial relationships
- Funeral expenses, where applicable
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Volume Expected to Grow
The first significant talcum powder lawsuit reached the trial stage in
2013 in South Dakota federal court, with a jury ultimately finding in
favor of the female plaintiff who argued that her regular use of Johnson
& Johnson talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer. A particularly
pivotal element at trial was the revelation from a Harvard-affiliated
medical expert that he believed nearly 10,000 individual cases of ovarian
cancer may be at least partially attributable to talc product exposure.
Growing numbers of talcum powder class action lawsuits have since been
initiated in multiple jurisdictions, with common allegations including
negligent misrepresentation, failure to warn consumers, breach of warranties,
and violations of various consumer protection laws as well as state business
and professional codes. Precisely how many plaintiffs who have suffered
harm as a result of talc products remains to be seen, but the potential
for large-scale litigation in all areas of the country appears to be strong.
Contact a Lawyer about Your Potential Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Get additional information on talcum powder cancer lawsuits and your rights
by contacting the Bandas Law Firm. We know what you are up against and
have the resources to provide the high-quality legal representation you
need – and deserve. From our Corpus Christi offices, we serve clients
in Nueces County, throughout Texas, and across the U.S.
Contact us today!