For years, talc — a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen —has been used extensively in cosmetics and personal care products. Women sometimes use talcum powder on their genital areas to absorb moisture and odor and parents have used it for their baby’s skin.
In fact, Johnson & Johnson once advertised use of its talcum powder product and many women used it in their daily feminine hygiene routines. For as long as talcum powder has been used for hygiene there have been questions regarding whether or not there is a link between its use and ovarian cancer.
As it turns out, the first link between the two came back in 1971 when four OB/GYNs found talc particles in more than 75 percent of the ovarian tumors they investigated. Since then, tests upon tests have been done in an effort to find a clear and concise link.
That being said, more research still needs to be done as some tests have found an increase risk for ovarian cancer while others have found none.
Despite sufficient and conclusive evidence establishing a link, talcum powder lawsuits, specifically against Johnson & Johnson, have been prominent since 2014. Recently, a woman with ovarian cancer was awarded a record-setting $417 million in a liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. She blamed her illness on Johnson’s Baby Powder, which she used for many years – since the age of 11.
In the end, it came down to Johnson & Johnson’s negligence in the matter. They failed to warn their consumers about the risk — even after knowing about test results — and are now the target of thousands of lawsuits.
If you or someone you know are suffering as the result of the use of talcum powder then you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit on your hands. Your next step should be contacting a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney to help build your case and get you the compensation you deserve. The New Jersey based attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC are ready to help you. Call 866-567-0135 or fill out our convenient online contact form for your initial consultation.
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