Talc is the softest mineral on Earth and occurs naturally throughout the world. Mining for the substance occurs in above ground talc mines in dozens of countries. It one of the most widely used substances in the world. In powder form, talc absorbs moisture and cuts down on friction. It’s found use in keeping skin dry and helping prevent rashes.
Because of this lack in oversight, warnings about its uses were not as strictly required as they would be for a medication. In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that leads to cancer in and around the lungs when inhaled. Johnson & Johnson was founded in 1886 and began selling baby powder shortly after its founding.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys claim the manufacturers of talcum powder have known for more than 40 years there is a link between using the product near the genital area and ovarian cancer. However, these companies intentionally chose not to warn women that the powder could cause cancer by entering the vagina after application on or around the genital area.
As always, when potential public health concerns are raised, we will continue to monitor for new information and take appropriate actions to protect the public health.”While the FDA is slow to recognize the serious effects of talc powder, The Carlson Law Firm knows that the science is on your side.
When a person inhales particles of the powder, it can cause fast and shallow breathing, coughing and wheezing. There have been several studies that connect ovarian cancer to talc-based baby powder. The studies show that baby powder particles may travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
Scientists can also look at cancer rates in different groups of people. For example, a study might compare the cancer rate in a group exposed to a substance to the rate of a group who were never exposed to a substance. Or, the study may compare the rate of cancer of those exposed to a substance against the general population.
Additionally, in the early 90s, the use of these products was significantly higher in the Black and Hispanic communities. Social conditioning predisposes Black women to do more for body odors. As a result, Johnson & Johnson made an effort in the early 1990s to specifically target Black and Hispanic women.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considered limiting asbestos in talc products in 1976. At the time, J&J claimed asbestos had not been detected in its product. This claim was in spite of the fact that “at least three tests by three different labs from 1972 to 1975 found asbestos in talc.” In one of these cases, the levels reported were rather high ().
The first recommended to senior staff in 1971 that the company upgrade its quality control of talc. Two years later in 1973, another executive said the company should no longer assume that its talc mines were asbestos-free. In a rare move for the company, on Jan. 6, 2020, a California judge announced that Johnson & Johnson ended its latest talc trial with a midtrial settlement.
“Which is that the parties have settled their case. I don’t know what the settlement is, I just know it’s resolved (Can Talcum Powder Cause Skin Cancer).”According to Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a woman more than $2 million to resolve her claims that asbestos-contaminated baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. While the jury didn’t hear the FDA’s finding, they did hear during opening statements that a blind test of J&J talc contained chrysotile asbestos in one same.
Sales have dropped by more than 60% in the last three years as the company is facing thousands of lawsuits and billions of dollars in damages of ovarian cancer and other claims. The company is facing almost 19,400 lawsuits related to claims that its talcum powder caused cancer. It has been ordered to pay billions of dollars in damages in several jury trials but has appealed to each of them.
The trapped talc particles can cause inflammation, leading to the growth of cancer cells. The longer talc is used for this purpose, the more likely someone is to develop ovarian cancer. Research studies have found that women who have used talcum powder are about 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer than women who have not.
Other times, they mimic common digestive issues that lead to mistaken minor ailments. This is dangerous because by the time the symptoms become obvious and the cancer is detected, it may have spread beyond the ovaries, affecting other organs and tissues. The advanced stage of cancer makes it much harder to treat.
Another option may be something you already have stored in your pantry, baking soda. Baking soda is even some people’s preference for deodorant. If the talc mineral embeds in the fallopian tubes, ovaries or pelvic-area lymph nodes, the particles will be present over time. The minerals that formulate talc do not break down over time.
At a time when you’re vulnerable and physically and emotionally exhausted, a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is important to understand that there are resources available to you. Filing a talcum powder lawsuit can bring relief in many ways. You may be able to recover damages including:Medical expenses associated with the illness such as costs for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and follow-up care, Lost wages, Pain and suffering, If the lawsuit is filed due to wrongful death, additional compensation may be available to the surviving family such as:Funeral expenses, Loss of consortium, Loss of decedent’s future income, Most states have a statute of limitations in place for talcum powder lawsuits so it will depend on the exact statute of limitations for your state.
Failing to file before the statute expires will forever forfeit your right to seek financial compensation. How can it be proven that talcum powder use was linked to ovarian cancer in a lawsuit? A product liability lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff was harmed by an unreasonably dangerous product that the seller or manufacturer was aware of but failed to adequately warn consumers about the inherent risks associated with the use of their products.
Although the cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients, the law does not require them to share their safety information with FDA.The FDA continues to investigate and monitor for potential safety problems with talcum powder. Women who have used talcum powder as part of their personal hygiene routine regularly and developed ovarian or fallopian tube cancer may be able to file a lawsuit.
Talcum powder is a common powder found in many households throughout the United States. It is commonly known as baby powder, body powder, and talc powder and many people use it to absorb moisture and odor, keep skin dry, cut down on friction, and to help prevent and treat rashes.
Allegations from the lawsuit indicate that, as far back as 1979, Johnson & Johnson may have known about the potential for women to develop ovarian cancer from using their products. Many women routinely use talcum powder products for personal hygiene; however, when used in this way, it may pose a serious and potentially life-threatening health concern (Can Talcum Powder Cause Skin Cancer).
If you or a loved one has been affected by the health risk listed above, please contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation as you may be entitled to compensation.
If you, or someone you care about, used talcum powder for genital dusting for at least four (4) years and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, please contact our law firm for a free and confidential consultation of your claim. However, we would need to review the specifics of the case to determine its viability.
In general, these cases usually take several years to resolve. A number of factors influence the compensation for these claims, including, but not limited to, type of talcum powder, length of usage, severity of injury, age, health prior to the cancer and state of residence. There have only been a couple of bellwether trials as of yet in this litigation, so we cannot give any estimation of valuation for these cases.