A lawsuit filed against drug maker Johnson & Johnson and drugstore chain Walgreens by a woman who claimed that years of talcum powder use caused her to develop ovarian cancer has been allowed to move forward after a judge denied motions to dismiss the case. Other affected women may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a Georgia talcum powder attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Georgia to learn more about your legal rights. We can evaluate your case at no charge and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file your talcum powder cancer lawsuit for you.
Claim That Talcum Powder Caused Ovarian Cancer Moves Forward
A woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder over a period of 33 years will soon face off in an Illinois court against two major corporations. According to the Madison Record, a ruling by a U.S. district court judge means that a lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson, a talcum powder manufacturer, and Walgreens, a talcum powder retailer, will move forward. The plaintiff in the case said that she regularly used talcum powder for feminine hygiene in Arkansas, Virginia, Georgia and Illinois.
The judge’s decision comes in the wake of a battle over whether Illinois-based Walgreens should be exempt from the lawsuit because of an existing state statute involving strict liability claims. Under the statute, attorneys for Johnson & Johnson argued, if the plaintiff “is able to pursue a claim against a manufacturer,” then the company distributing the product can be dismissed from such liability claims. The judge rejected this argument on the grounds that the plaintiff alleged civil conspiracy and negligence in addition to strict liability. An attorney for the plaintiff offered a timeline of evidence dating back to 1982 which demonstrated an alleged link between the feminine use of talcum powder and the risk of developing ovarian cancer, the website reported.
How a Georgia Talcum Powder Attorney Can Help
When consumers choose to use products in their homes, on themselves or around their family members, they should be able to expect that the goods are reasonably free of danger and safe without life-threatening complications. While talcum powder has been used for many years to prevent irritation and to reduce the amount of moisture absorbed by the body, few would realize that a simple product like baby powder could cause ovarian cancer and other serious conditions.
Parties who have been diagnosed with cancer and they believe that talcum powder was to blame, may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from cancer that can be attributed to talcum 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
Women who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications related to talcum powder, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Georgia talcum powder attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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