In 2013, a South Dakota jury sided with a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder, prompting other women to seek information on a baby powder lawsuit. According to the jury, Johnson & Johnson should have warned customers that the product could lead to cancer. In 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded a $72 million talcum powder verdict to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of baby powder use. Other affected women and their families may be eligible to pursue compensation by filing a talcum powder cancer lawsuit.
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Link Between Talc and Cancer
Talcum powder is made from talc, which is a mineral made from magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It absorbs moisture and reduces friction, which is why it was popular for baby and adult powders along with other common household products. Natural talc can contain asbestos, although talcum products used in the home have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. In 2003, a cancer journal published a large-scale review of 16 studies related to talcum powder use and cancer, finding a 33 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who have used the substance. The risk was higher for black women as they use talcum powder more than other ethnic groups.
Baby Powder Lawsuit
In the South Dakota case, doctors examined the woman’s cancer tissue and found talc, leading them to conclude that the powder was the cause of her cancer. According to the woman who filed the baby powder lawsuit, she had used the product for more than 30 years. An expert witness in the case said that talc may be a contributing factor in as many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer per year. Although the woman in South Dakota was not awarded damages, the jury said that Johnson & Johnson should provide warning labels on their products regarding the risk of cancer in women who use them.
How a Baby Powder Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Product manufacturers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by baby powder may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications related to a defective baby powder, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who used baby powder and developed ovarian cancer, as well as the families of those who have died, are encouraged to seek the advice of a baby powder lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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