A Tennessee talcum powder cancer lawsuit could be an option for women who used baby powder products for feminine hygiene and developed ovarian cancer. A growing number of lawsuit filings are alleging a link between talcum products 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 Tennessee talcum powder lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee 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 Tennessee talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder consists mainly of talc, which is made up of silicon, magnesium, hydrogen and oxygen, and is mined naturally from the earth, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is widely used in the manufacturing of plastic and ceramics as filler to increase strength and stiffness. Food additives are often composed in part from talc in order to improve the texture. As time progressed, talcum powder began to be marketed to women, as a way of staying cool, comfortable and free of vaginal odors.
A well-known Johnson & Johnson product called baby powder also contains talc. This household product is a staple personal care product across millions of homes, and is used on babies and by men and women. Over the years there have been many studies aimed at investigating the potential harm that could come from prolonged exposure to talc. Furthermore, in the 1970s, the government had to mandate commercially-sold talc to be further refined so as to be asbestos-free.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Studies conducted have found potential links between talc and ovarian cancer according to Public Radio International. Each year 21,000 ovarian cancer cases that are diagnosed and nearly 10 percent of those could involve the use of talcum powder. These statistics have led to a classification of “possibly carcinogenic to humans” being attached to the substance.
Researchers have suggested that the risk of developing ovarian cancer is 35 percent higher with talcum powder use. These are based on studies conducted in Europe and in the U.S. during the early 1980s. A study in 1971 is credited with connecting talc use to ovarian tumors. In that case, talc particles were found embedded in 10 of the 13 ovarian tumors studied.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits
Around 1200 lawsuits are pending against Johnson & Johnson for the alleged mislabeling of their talcum powder regarding talcum powder and ovarian cancer. In 2013, a jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for not properly warning consumers of the potential risks of using their talcum powder. While no damages were awarded, the verdict meant that there was a likely risk to using talcum powder that Johnson & Johnson should have been aware of.
Although Johnson & Johnson declares that talcum powder is safe, there was another major trial that saw a jury determine that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for the death of a woman who died of ovarian cancer that she alleged was caused by her long-term use of talcum powder. Her family was awarded $72 million in damages, designed to punish Johnson & Johnson for negligence and for allegedly withholding information about the risk of cancer from consumers.
How a Tennessee 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
If a person dies from complications caused by a defective product, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
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 Tennessee talcum powder cancer lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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