A $72 million talcum powder verdict was handed down against Johnson & Johnson in a case where a woman claimed that the product caused her ovarian cancer. The case was the first filed in state court to go to trial against the drug and medical device maker. Other affected women may be entitled compensation through a talcum powder cancer lawsuit.
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Talcum Powder Verdict: Claims Allege that Product Caused Ovarian Cancer
Claims pending against Johnson & Johnson and other companies allege that talc used in feminine hygiene products, such as Shower-to-Shower, can travel to the ovaries and lead to cancer. Over 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year according to statistics. As reported in an article in Bloomberg Business about the talcum powder verdict:
Cornstarch has been widely substituted for talc as an absorbent in baby powder and feminine hygiene products. The American Cancer Society advised in 1999 that women use cornstarch-based products in the genital area.
J&J, which introduced a baby powder using cornstarch in the 1970s, continues to offer products that include talc and maintains the substance is safe.
Jury Foreman: “It Was Really Clear That They Were Hiding Something.”
Bloomberg Business also noted, regarding the talcum powder verdict that:
The jury foreman, Krista Smith, called the company’s internal documents “decisive” for jurors, who reached the verdict after four hours of deliberations.
“It was really clear they were hiding something,” said Smith, 39, of St Louis. “All they had to do was put a warning label on.”
The talcum powder verdict against Johnson & Johnson included $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
Affected Individuals May Be Entitled to Compensation
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum 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 woman dies as a result of her cancer, 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
If the actions of the product maker are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Women who have developed cancer after using talcum powder are encouraged to speak to a talcum powder cancer lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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