Talcum Powder Lawsuit Lawyer
Baby powder, or talcum powder, has been linked to ovarian and cervical cancer in recent years. Johnson & Johnson has come under fire for its failure to advise consumers of the potential dangers associated with the long term use of talcum powder. In a recent lawsuit, a woman from California was awarded more than $400 million after she sued the company, alleging that there was a link between her use of the powder and her diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer and have been a regular user of talcum powder, contact Hawkins Spizman Fortas to speak with a talcum powder lawsuit attorney today. We will help you get the compensation you deserve.
THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF TALCUM POWDER
The smell of talcum powder has long been associated with newborns. The product was first manufactured in 1892 by Johnson & Johnson and marketed as a sanitary product. People began to use the product with regularity, thanks to its ability to absorb odors and moisture. Women soon began to use the powder on or near their own genital area after realizing its effectiveness on infants.
Later studies showed that talcum powder may not be as safe as originally believed. As early as 1971, researchers in Wales were closely studying various cervical and ovarian tumors. The scientists discovered particles of talc within those tumors. Even following these discoveries, Johnson & Johnson failed to include any type of warning on its packaging.
The company has gone so far as to say that there is no definitive link between its product and the development of cancers. Studies have been inconclusive to date, but experts believe that as particles of talc move up the genitourinary tract, they may cause inflammation. This inflammation is believed to trigger the development of cancer in some cases.
In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that the product could be a carcinogen if used on the female genital area. Despite this, no agency has made it a requirement for there to be a warning added to the label of talcum powder produced by any manufacturer nor are manufacturers required to take any other preventative measure.
A medical receptionist in California is the plaintiff in the most recent lawsuit. In court, she stated that she had been using the product since she was 11 years old and had no awareness of any potential side effects. The woman continued to use the powder even after she developed ovarian cancer. This because there were no warnings issued by the manufacturer. It was only after the woman learned of a lawsuit against the company did she hear of the risk associated with the use of baby powder. She then discontinued its use.
In early 2017, a victim was awarded $110 million in Missouri. In 2016, the family of a victim in Missouri who passed away before a verdict was issued was awarded $72 million. That same year, another Missouri victim was awarded $55 million. Many such cases are dismissed before they are ever heard in a court of law. As more are filed, however, it is anticipated that more victims will get a fair chance at compensation in a court of law.
SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER
Unless you have been accurately diagnosed by a doctor, knowing whether or not you may be suffering with ovarian cancer can be difficult. Many victims of this type of cancer have no symptoms in its early states. When they do experience symptoms, many people associate them with other, more common, conditions. Because of this, it is estimated that only 20 percent of cases are diagnosed early.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Bloating or indigestion
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in menstruation, urination and/or bowel movements
- Weight loss
Once a person has moved into more advanced stages of ovarian cancer, they may experience:
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Abnormal bleeding
- Abnormal pain before or after menstruation
- Pain during intercourse
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
If you experience or are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek medical intervention as soon as possible. This is especially important if you have been a user of talcum powder.
CONSULT WITH A TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT ATTORNEY
If you have routinely used talcum powder and have been diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer, you may have the legal grounds for a lawsuit. Reach out to Hawkins Spizman Fortas today for a free case evaluation with a talcum powder lawsuit attorney. We can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Your first consultation will be held at no cost and you are under no obligation to hire us following our meeting. Contact us today to learn more about your potential for a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or any other manufacturer of talcum powder.