The talcum powder liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about talcum powder lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against talc product manufacturers. The answers below might help you better understand the hazards of routinely using talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product. If you believe you developed Ovarian Cancer or another disease from using talcum powder, we encourage you to contact our law offices today to schedule a no-obligation case consultation at no charge.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talc minerals naturally found in nature are finely ground to produce talcum powder. The powdery mineral elements including silicone and magnesium are highly effective at absorbing moisture and reducing friction.
What Products are Manufactured With Talc?
Talc is used in various products including medications, antacids, contraceptives, foods, and cosmetics. For years, talc product manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson have marketed and sold talc-based feminine hygiene products like Shower to Shower, sanitary napkins, and tampons. Unfortunately, extended use of talc has been linked to the development of Ovarian Cancer.
How is Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer?
Dusting female genitals with talcum powder creates an environment where talc particles can travel through the reproductive system and invade the ovaries. Chronic inflammation and irritation can develop in the ovaries and fallopian tubes if the tiny particles of talc embed in reproductive tissue. Over time, the damage caused by talcum powder can lead to DNA damage of ovarian cells and cause cancer cells to multiply.
I use Talcum Powder. How do I Know I am at Risk for Ovarian Cancer?
If you have used products containing talc mineral like Shower to Shower, baby powder, tampons or sanitary napkins regularly, you are at risk of developing Ovarian Cancer. Researchers have concluded that women who use talc-based feminine hygiene products are 30% more likely to develop life-threatening cancer.
Could Talc-Based Products Have Caused Cause my Endometrial Cancer?
Endometrial cancer is a common uterine disease. A study published by Cancer Epidemiology in 2010 revealed that postmenopausal women are nearly 25% more likely to develop endometrial cancer if they used feminine hygiene products containing talcum powder at least once weekly.
I Have Ovarian Cancer. How do I Know Talcum Powder Caused the Disease?
The minerals that makeup talc cannot break down over time. If the mineral embeds in the reproductive organs including fallopian tubes, ovaries, and pelvic-area lymph nodes, the particles will still be present over time. If your doctor took a tissue biopsy, the lab pathologist performing a test might locate talc mineral fibers through a microscope in the biopsy that can be used as evidence to support your claim for financial compensation against the talc product manufacturer.
It is Scary to Think I Have Developed Ovarian Cancer. What are the Symptoms?
Common symptoms associated with Ovarian Cancer include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Abdominal pain, pressure and bloating
- Difficulty in eating
- An abnormal sensation of feeling full after eating
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Unexpected weight gain or weight loss
- Menstrual irregularities
I Have Heard That Talcum Powder Contains Asbestos. Is That True?
The silicate materials that makeup talc and asbestos are mined near each other in nature. Before 1970, the talc harvested from the earth was often contaminated with asbestos fibers, which is a proven carcinogen. Today, product manufacturers of talc-based products used asbestos-free silicate minerals.
When was the Link Between Ovarian Cancer and Using Talcum Powder Discovered?
Many of the early studies and research projects conducted in the 1970s and 1980s identified the correlation between Ovarian Cancer and the use of talc-based products for perineal dusting. Recent lawsuit cases have resulted in major compensation awards where juries agreed with the plaintiffs that they were damaged by the injuries cause by using talcum powder products.
Why am I Just Finding out About Talcum Powder Issues now?
Recently, Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talc-based products used for feminine hygiene have been accused of hiding the data that their products were unsafe for women. Currently, negotiated settlements and jury trial awards involving talcum powder-linked Ovarian Cancer lawsuits have created major news story headlines.
Can I File a Talcum Powder-Based Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit?
You might be eligible to file a lawsuit against the talc-based product manufacturer if you used their feminine hygiene product for perineal dusting and were diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Our law offices have represented women and families to ensure they receive monetary recovery after resolving their baby powder ovarian Cancer Lawsuit.
I do not Really Want to Sue. Is a Lawsuit Necessary?
If a serious health issue caused your injuries by using a defective product, you likely need extensive medical care to get better or manager condition. If you lost a loved one through wrongful death because she used talc-based products, you likely face extensive medical bills, loss of income, and funeral/burial expenses. Filing a lawsuit cannot right a wrong, but it can alert the public that these talcum-based product manufacturers are more interested in generating profits than ensuring public safety. In addition to providing you and your family the financial compensation you deserve, you can help save other women's lives who are unaware that the problem exists.
Have There Really Been Large Jury Verdicts in Talcum Powder Lawsuit Cases?
Yes, there are numerous talcum powder lawsuit cases that have been resolved out of court through negotiated settlements and large jury verdicts. Some include:
- In February 2016, a jury awarded the family of a woman who died of Ovarian Cancer $72 million because her attorney showed that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused her early death.
- In 2013, jurors found Johnson & Johnson guilty of failing to warn women of the connection they knew of using Shower to Shower body powder for genital dusting and the development of Ovarian Cancer.
- In May 2017, a Virginia female plaintiff was awarded $110.5 million by a St. Louis, Missouri jury to settle a talcum powder lawsuit.
- In May 2016, a female plaintiff was awarded $55 million that included punitive damages when the jury found that her years of using talcum powder caused her injuries.
- In September 2016, a female plaintiff was awarded $70 million because her attorneys prove that her Stage IV Ovarian Cancer was caused by using Johnson's baby powder for over four decades.
Currently, there are thousands of federal and state lawsuits and courts across the United States based on the use of talcum powder and chronic health issues.
Don't Lawyers Make More Money Than the Plaintiffs in Class Action Lawsuits?
Most pharmaceutical cases are handled through multidistrict litigation (MDL) where the justice system reviews every plaintiff's unique case. The amount of settlement that the plaintiff receives will be based upon their unique circumstances, the extent of damages and injuries, and what is required to improve or maintain their health in the future. Attorneys who work to resolve the case on behalf of their client take a portion of the monetary recovery as payment in full.
If I File how Long Will it Take to Resolve my Case?
Every case our legal team has resolved is unique from the others. The extent of time it takes to successfully conclude the compensation claim is based on the complexity of the case and the time limits as outlined by state law.
How Much Will You Charge to Review my Case?
The product liability attorneys aat Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers (888-424-5757) provide an initial case consultation at no charge to every potential client. Let us review your case and provide numerous legal options on how to ensure that you and your family receive the monetary recovery you deserve. Agreeing to a comprehensive consultation does not obligate you to take any further action with our legal team.
How can I Afford to pay for a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
If you agree to hire our legal team to handle your talcum powder lawsuit, you will sign a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement will postpone payment of all our legal services in handling every aspect of your case including filing the paperwork, gathering evidence, building the case, talking with defendant attorneys, negotiating a settlement, and presenting your evidence in front of a judge and jury when necessary. Our law offices provide every client with our “No Win/No-The” guarantee, meaning if we are unable to secure your financial compensation, you owe us nothing.
Can I Wait and File my Case Later?
All personal injury cases, product liability compensation claims, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed before the state statute of limitations expires. However, determining the expiration date exactly can be complicated and requires the skills of a competent personal injury attorney who specializes in talc-based product injury cases. Time is of the essence. Failing to file before the statute expires will forfeit your right to seek financial compensation forever.
What is the First Step if I Want to Pursue Legal Action?
If you have been diagnosed with Uterine Cancer or Ovarian Cancer and believe it is caused by using talcum powder, you need to seek out immediate medical attention to improve or maintain your health. Next, it is important to notify your physician of the diagnosis and report the findings to the Food and Drug Administration.
Finally, contact the product liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers (888-424-5757) to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation. Our law office prosecutes talcum powder lawsuits. Through the evaluation process, we can determine if you are eligible to file a compensation claim or talcum powder lawsuit for monetary recovery. It is important to note that the state has a strict statute of limitation that restrict how long you have to file a case for compensation. If you fail to file against the manufacturer before the deadline, you will be prevented from ever bringing a claim against any individual or entity responsible for your injuries forever.
Our legal team accepts every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case, and product liability compensation claim through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement will postpone payment of all your legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case through a jury trial award or a negotiated out-of-court settlement. All information and documentation you provide our law offices remain confidential. Let us begin working on your case today.