A Michigan talcum powder cancer lawsuit could be an option for women who used baby powder products and developed ovarian cancer. Growing numbers of lawsuit filings are alleging a link between the product and ovarian cancer. In some cases, women who have developed ovarian cancer used talcum powder for decades as part of their regular personal care routine. Affected women and their families may be able to seek compensation for their injuries with the help of a Michigan talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Michigan today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Michigan talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Talc Products Safety and Health Risk Factors
According to the Environmental Working Group, talc as an ingredient that has a safety score of three, which classifies it as moderately hazardous. The mineral, which in its natural state contains varying amounts of known toxin asbestos, can be a potential carcinogen to the respiratory system and ranks as highly hazardous in terms of its possible contamination. Even pure, refined talc that does not contain asbestos and has been approved for cosmetic use poses a risk of toxicity to the non-reproductive organ systems, according to research by the National Toxicology Panel. While its use is restricted in cosmetics and skincare products in Canada, where talc is considered a potentially dangerous toxin, it is not restricted in the U.S.
Most of the research that has been conducted on talc use and ovarian cancer, has suggested a positive correlation between the two, though more studies must be done in order to further define this connection. According to FairWarning.org, a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer are estimated at 1 in 50 if she has documented use of talcum powder. This is about a 35 percent increase over the normal rate of 1 in 70.
Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder and Associated Concerns
Talcum powder is frequently used by women as a body duster or overall body powder. Many women have used the powder on a daily basis for many years by sprinkling it into underclothes or around the genital region. One woman, who was in this category, filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer. She connected the disease to her long-term use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, which is talcum powder-based. Johnson & Johnson argued that there was no “causal connection.” The company was found at fault but it was not asked to pay the woman any compensation.
However, Medical Daily news reported that Johnson & Johnson was found guilty of fraud, failure to warn consumers of potential health hazards and conspiracy in a separate case. As such, the company was ordered to pay a total compensation of $72 million – $62 million for punitive damages and $10 million to compensate the family of another woman who passed away because of alleged talc-related ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson alone faces lawsuits that involve over 700 women that allege the connection between the regular use of talcum powder and an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Many other women who have experienced the substance’s carcinogenic effects are taking legal action against the makers and distributors of other popular products that contain talc.
Additionally, the American Cancer Society reports that while no lung cancer risk has been connected to talc cosmetic use, those who work with talcum powder on a regular basis may be more likely to develop respiratory abnormalities and cancers. While talc and ovarian cancer has been the most widely studied connection, one study of post-menopausal women also found that talcum powder use raised the likelihood of uterine cancer.
How a Michigan Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Can Help
When people suffer from severe side effects from a dangerous or defective product, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses that can be recovered include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of an ability to work; and
- Pain and suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
If the conduct of a company in manufacturing and selling a product is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future.
Affected women and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of a Michigan talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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