Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
If you developed ovarian cancer as a result of the use of talcum powder, you are not alone. For the past 40 years, Johnson & Johnson and other companies covered up evidence of asbestos in some of their talcum-based products. They failed to label the talc as dangerous or develop safer alternatives for their patients. Now, women and their families are coming forward.
In July 2018, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who developed ovarian cancer through talcum powder use. Of the 22 women who brought this case forward, six have died and one was missing from the courtroom as the verdict was read because she was too ill from her chemotherapy treatment to attend.
The $4.7 billion lawsuit was one of the largest punitive lawsuits awarded in product liability case law, and Johnson & Johnson’s woes aren’t over. The company currently has more than 9,000 plaintiffs in cases involving baby powders with talc. Representatives for Johnson & Johnson say that the company stands by its product and claims that there was no knowledge of asbestos in its products.
Asbestos is a carcinogen that sometimes appears in natural talc, the American Cancer Society reports. When women used the talc products (like baby powder) on the genital area, they absorbed the chemicals into their skin and reproductive organs, causing inflammation in the ovaries.
If you used talcum powder or baby powder that contained talc and developed ovarian cancer because of it, it’s time to speak up. We can help you receive the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, receive necessary treatment in the future, and overcome the emotional trauma that this dangerous product caused.
Contact Ralph M. Guito III, your personal injury lawyer, to discuss your options and receive a free consultation. We are here for you, and won’t charge a cent unless you win your case.