Talcum Powder Class Action Lawsuit
Talcum powder can cause serious health problems. If you think you have been harmed because of your use of a product that contains talc, please call our personal injury lawyers to represent you in a talcum powder class action lawsuit.
What You Need to Know about Talcum Powder and Medical Issues
There is a well-known theory that talcum powder is linked to serious harm to a woman’s reproductive system. There have been studies to show that using talcum powder contains talc particles which, when used in the pelvic region, have been linked to health issues such as ovarian cancer. While that is not usually the sole reason why someone develops ovarian cancer, it shows that there is a much higher risk of getting ovarian cancer when you use talcum powder.
There was a study done in 1971 that looked at the links between developing ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder. In the study, the research showed that 75% of tumors they studied in women’s ovaries had talc particles in them. Ten years later, a Harvard University study showed that when women used talcum powder products, there was a 30% increased chance that they would have ovarian cancer.
In 1997, it was discovered that Johnson & Johnson knew they had products with talcum powder out on shelves that could cause cancer. They did not put warning labels on the products or try to recall them. Even now, they try to defend their choices by saying their talcum powder products have not been linked to ovarian cancer, despite the studies and research.
Swenson and Shelley help support the victims of Johnson & Johnson through this very difficult time by defending their rights. Please contact our Utah injury lawyers right away to get the help you so badly require for a talcum powder class action lawsuit. We will be there to help you every step of the way.
Why Talcum Powder is Dangerous
Talc is an ingredient in talcum powder. United States mines for talc. There are often deposits of talc that are close by to asbestos. In the past, talcum powder products likely had asbestos in them.
Asbestos has been widely known to cause cancer and, since talcum powder is linked historically with asbestos, there were manufacturers who very quickly took action to ensure that they used asbestos-free talcum powder.
Today, the known danger of talcum powder is in the talc particles themselves. Using talcum powder in the pelvic region for women can create a lot of health problems, especially ovarian cancer. Even when it is breathed, it can result in respiratory issues.
Some baby powder products have talcum powder as an ingredient, especially products made by Johnson & Johnson. It certainly has its utility, since it works well at moisture absorption, but because it is linked to health issues, a lot of manufacturers have switched to alternatives such as cornstarch.
Suing Johnson & Johnson for Product Liability
In 2013, the very first lawsuit was brought and then won against Johnson & Johnson. It took place in federal court. A Dr. Cramer, who is regarded as an expert in research linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer, gave his testimony to support the plaintiff.
The attorney representing Johnson & Johnson finally admitted that the company did know of the risks talcum powder proved to have. They knew the risks but they did nothing to prevent harm. No one put a warning label on the products. They did not recall any of it. They let the damage happen. Furthermore, they found that Johnson & Johnson had done more advertising in areas where there were more Hispanics and African-Americans.
Cases Have Been Won Against Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson has had several cases brought against them that resulted in high awards for victims who were seriously harmed by talcum powder products. There were plaintiffs who died of ovarian cancer, some plaintiffs were terminal cases, and there were plaintiffs who required many surgeries to try to get rid of the ovarian cancer they had. This is time, energy, emotional and physical well-being, and money that people have lost.
No one deserves to go through this because a company is negligent. You should get the justice you deserve. Our Utah talcum class action lawyers don’t want you to suffer. We want to help fight the injustice you faced.
When you suffer from serious harm because of a company who was negligent, there should be consequences for those negligent parties. You should seek compensation for all of your damages including emotional, physical, mental, and financial damages. All of the damage you face will be factored into your compensation award.