A jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which they claimed was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) talcum powder. The outcome of this case has been highly anticipated since it is a major jury decision while thousands of talcum powder lawsuits are pending.
Why Are Women Filing Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
Women are filing talcum powder lawsuits because it allegedly causes ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. It is also suspected that talcum powder companies such as J&J knew that talcum powder could have a link to ovarian cancer, yet they still marketed the product to women. For example, J&J lost their first talcum powder lawsuit in 2013. In that case, the company’s lawyer admitted that the risks between talcum powder and ovarian cancer were known for decades, but they considered this risk to be small. As a result, they did not add a cancer warning to the talcum powder labels.
How Can Talcum Powder Potentially Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Talcum powder that is applied to the genital area might get into the fallopian tubes, onto the ovaries and cause inflammation that leads to ovarian cancer. Dr. Daniel Cramer, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, has published numerous studies about the links between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since 1982. He has reported that exposure to talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 30 percent.
Contact a Talcum Powder Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered harmful side effects after using talcum powder, contact d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced talcum powder lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a talcum powder lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.