No parent would ever consider using a product on the skin of their newborn or infant if the ingredients were considered to be dangerous or hazardous to their health. That is why many of us believe baby powder and other talcum-based products have to be safe to use. After all, these products have been a part of our hygiene maintenance routine forever. If there had ever been problems with talc-based products, we surely would have heard about the problem by now, right?
Sadly, the dangers of baby powder have been known by product manufacturers for decades. However, it likely took the two 2016 verdicts from St. Louis, Missouri jurors awarding plaintiffs more than $127 million because there is a connection between talcum products and ovarian cancer to make consumers aware of the serious problem.
The massive plaintiff financial awards of two successful lawsuits have only recently magnified the life-threatening problem that has been causing serious health issues in women for decades. After much research, there appears to be a connection with women routinely using talcum powder in their genital areas and the development of ovarian cancer.
Why Manufacturers Use Talc in Female Hygiene Products
Talc is the softest natural mineral in the environment. Companies consider talc a prime material for many of the products they manufacture because of its ability to absorb moisture and odors. The mineral is composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen and is found in aboveground deposits in many areas all around the world. In its most raw form, the mineral also contains asbestos, a toxic substance proven to cause various cancers, especially in the lungs when it has been inhaled.
Oddly, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) considers baby powder a cosmetic that does not require approval or review from the government regulatory administration because it is only applied externally. Still, there has been much research and many studies performed in laboratories on lab animals and in group human studies to determine cancer rate versus exposure to the substance. Overall, test results have proven to be mixed.
Even so, major organizations and associations, including the American Cancer Society, are concerned about the connection between the use of talcum/baby powder and the development of cancer in the ovaries. Also, some studies have concluded there is likely a direct connection to increase lung cancer rates in miners and millers that harvest talc from the ground and grind it into a usable product.
Two Jury Awards in Three Months
Jacqueline Fox was just 62 years old in the fall of 2015 when she passed away from ovarian cancer. While not present in the courtroom during her lawsuit trial, her voice was heard loud and clear in February 2016 by the St. Louis jury who awarded her surviving family members more than $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages, holding Johnson & Johnson liable for their failure to warn Ms. Fox of the dangers of routinely using their talcum-based products. As a part of the trial, evidence showed that Ms. Fox had used talcum powder containing products including Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene, never realizing the product had the ability to ultimately take her life.
The St. Louis jury ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay Jacqueline’s family members actual and punitive damages totaling $72 million. More than likely, Johnson & Johnson will appeal the juror’s verdict in the months ahead.
In a separate successful lawsuit trial, Gloria Ristesund of South Dakota was awarded $55 million in a different St. Louis court case in May 2016 when jurors again found Johnson & Johnson liable for actual and punitive damages. It was revealed during her trial that her years of using the product for feminine hygiene led to the development of her ovarian cancer. Ristesund told the jury she routinely used J & J talcum-based products including Shower to Shower Powder and Baby Powder on her genital area for decades.
In Ristesund’s case, her doctor diagnosed her with ovarian cancer leading to a hysterectomy and other related surgeries to increase her chance of survival. Fortunately, because of the steps her doctors took, her cancer continues to remain in remission.
More Talcum Power Lawsuits to Be Filed
The massive financial compensation awarded to the plaintiffs that totaled more than $127 million will likely cause Johnson & Johnson to appeal both verdicts. This is because the company is already facing approximately 1,200 additional lawsuits from women all across the United States who have accused the pharmaceutical giant of not providing adequate warning to consumers of the potential cancer risks involved in using talcum-based products.
If you, or your loved one, have routinely used talcum powder as a part of regular female hygiene and developed ovarian cancer, you are likely eligible to receive financial recompense in a Baby Powder Lawsuit. The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are currently accepting cases involving the link between ovarian cancer and talcum-based products. Our team of dedicated lawyers can assist you in fighting your battle against product manufacturers in court.
We encourage you to call our law offices at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, no obligation full case evaluation. We accept all cases involving personal injury through contingency fee arrangements to avoid the need for an upfront fee.