Talcum powder is made primarily from talc, a mineral containing the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Used in baby and facial powders, cosmetics, and other consumer products, talc absorbs moisture and can be used to reduce chafing against the skin. However, talcum powder has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in some women.
If you or your mother, sister, daughter, or other loved one developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, our Appleton defective product attorneys want to help. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Don’t wait, give us a call at (920) 486-9726 or fill out our free contact request form to get the legal representation you need today.
Is Your Cancer Diagnosis Talc-Related?
Although talc can contain asbestos—a cancer-causing substance—in its natural form, consumer products containing talc have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. However, researchers have noted that even modern, asbestos-free products containing talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area. Talc doesn’t break down in the body and can travel through a woman’s vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes into her ovaries, causing irritation and increasing the risk of ovarian cancer.
In addition to baby powder, products used in the genital area that may contain talc include:
- Sanitary napkins
- Vaginal deodorants
Based on current research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the genital use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
What Compensation Is Available for Talc Cancer Victims?
If you were diagnosed with cancer after using products containing talc, you may be eligible for many types of compensation including:
- Reimbursement for past medical bills resulting from your cancer
- Money for ongoing medical costs and future cancer treatments
- Reimbursement for lost wages if your cancer diagnosis has caused you to miss work or be unable to work
- Monetary compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering experienced by you and your family after your cancer diagnosis
The Fox Cities defective product attorneys at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers know how to build strong claims that get results. We’ll review all the evidence concerning your talc-related cancer to determine how much money you’re owed, and we’ll do everything in our power to help you get it.
Talc Cancer Settlements in the News
Landmark $72 Million Verdict for Talcum Powder Cancer Victim’s Family
In 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a 62-year-old woman who died from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years.
During the trial, lawyers for the victim’s family claimed Johnson & Johnson knew about the talc powder cancer risk for decades, but failed to warn consumers to protect profits. The jury agreed.
Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $55 Million in Second Trial Loss
Months after the landmark $72 million verdict, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million in damages to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc powder products on her genitals for decades. As a result of her diagnosis, she had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries.
Johnson & Johnson is still facing almost 1,200 talcum powder cancer lawsuits.
How Much Does a Product Liability Lawyer Cost?
The legal team at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers has represented defective product victims in all income brackets. Because we charge no initial fees, not even for consultations, you don’t need to choose between paying your medical bills and hiring a lawyer. You only pay if we win money for you.
Protecting Your Rights
When a corporation’s products make you sick, you shouldn’t have to cover your own medical bills and endure lost wages. If you developed ovarian cancer after using a product containing talcum powder, you deserve an experienced team of lawyers protecting your rights. Contact our law firm today.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Johnson & Johnson or the International Agency for Research on Cancer.