Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Attorneys Provide an Introduction to the Medical and Legal Aspects of these Cases
The talcum powder injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are taking on clients who have been injured due to the long term use of products they thought were safe. As evidence continues to mount that Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder manufacturers were aware that there was a strong correlation between talc use and the development of cancer, thousands of victims have come forward in pursuit of justice. If you or a loved one has been injured or died due to complications, we would like the opportunity to fight on your behalf so that you may recover the compensation you deserve.
The History of Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is a substance that is often used to absorb liquids and moisture and is composed of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It bears a close resemblance in structure to asbestos, with fibers that can become carcinogenic. Because of its ability to absorb moisture, talc has been used in cosmetics and hygienic products for a long time.
These products include foot powders, deodorants, body powder, incontinence products and perfumed powders. Baby powder received its name because it was an easy and cheap way for parents to treat and prevent diaper rash and other common skin conditions that infants normally suffer from. Aside from its uses for infants, it was marketed as product that women could use to feel cool and dry.
It was later learned that women who routinely used talc based products for hygienic purposes are 20-30% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who use alternatives. This is because the particles and fibers that compose the substance may migrate through the vagina and into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The long term exposure to and buildup of these particles may cause cancer to develop and spread.
Complications Linked to Talcum Powder Products
While the ovarian cancer link is the most prominent complaint being levied against Johnson & Johnson, talcum powder products are linked to a number of other complications. Here are some of the most serious ones to consider.
- Respiratory illnesses— inhalation of talc can irritate and inflame the lungs. This is not surprising given its similarity to asbestos in composition. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a statement urging mothers to use alternatives to baby powder where possible for this reason.
- Talcosis— this condition occurs when particulate in the air is inhaled and can result in the inability of the victim to take normal breaths. Breathing becomes shallower and some victims have coughing or wheezing fits. When the condition becomes chronic, it is termed as talcosis.
- Pneumonia— studies have linked long term exposure to talcum powder to pneumonia as well, citing the irritation of the lungs and immune response as culprits.
- Asthma— yet another respiratory illness that may be caused by long term inhalation of talc particles, this condition results in the tightening of air pathways due to irritation and inflammation.
- Lung cancer— for the same reasons talc products are linked to ovarian cancer, they have been linked to lung cancer in those who have used the products over an extended period of time.
A number of studies have revealed that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risks women faced when using their products over an extended period. Prominent medical experts urged Johnson & Johnson to take actions ranging from placing warnings on the labeling to completely removing the products from the market. Had Johnson & Johnson placed a reasonable warning on the product, consumers would have been liable for their own choices after reviewing the risk for themselves.
Since Johnson & Johnson feared such a warning would reduce sales, the company chose instead to conceal and deny the facts over decades of time. Women are now demanding accountability and have taken stark legal action to that effect as class actions continue to develop.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits Continuing to Grow in Numbers
Johnson & Johnson and other talc based product manufacturers are currently being sued by numerous women, with cases being heard across four different states. Claims include the willful marketing of the product without a reasonable and proper warning, fraud and negligence. These cases have included a product liability suit in which a woman’s doctor found talc fibers inside of a tumor removed from her body and a class action in Illinois that alleged Johnson & Johnson had internal documents indicating that the company knew of the cancer risks for decades.
If you have been injured due to long term talcum powder use or lost a loved one who used these products for most of her life, you may be entitled to receive fair compensation for the cost of medical care, pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses, wrongful death and more. We would like to invite you to have your case reviewed for free so that we can let you know more about your rights.
Contact us today to be connected with one of our award winning talcum powder injury attorneys so that we can get to work right away on your behalf. The Drug Law Center has helped thousands of clients recover the damages owed to them due to complications caused by medications and products that harmed them. If we are unable to recover the compensation that you are entitled to, you have our guarantee that our time and services will be completely free of charge. We look forward to serving your needs.
Numerous women were prompted to file lawsuits over allegations that Johnson & Johnson concealed information from the public for over three decades pertaining to an established link between the use of talcum powder on the genitals and ovarian cancer. Multiple class actions were taken up after a woman in South Dakota successfully recovered compensation for her claim that the products were responsible for her cancer diagnosis in 2006. The talcum powder injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are currently taking on new clients who have been injured or lost loved ones due to cancers caused by these products and would like to hear your story.
Johnson & Johnson Allegedly Concealed Numerous Studies Linking Products to Cancer
While some of the information is contradictory, there are plenty of known studies published in medical journals over history that indicate talc based products are linked to a wide spectrum of complications, including the development of ovarian cancer. Most of the studies indicate that women may be up to 30% more likely to develop the cancer if they have been exposed to talcum powder over an extended period.
For a long time, women have used these products to keep themselves dry and fresh and they were specifically marketed to be used on the genitals. A number of lawsuits have since surfaced.
California Class Action
Mona Estada, a resident of Stockton, California, filed a class action lawsuit in the state on behalf of all women who have suffered due to the development of ovarian cancer associated with talcum powder use. Her claims were that Johnson & Johnson breached its duty of care, provided a dubious implied warranty regarding the safety of its product, violated consumers’ rights and breached the Unfair Competition Law. To back her claims, she offered case studies dated as far back as 1961 that suggested talc powder could be harmful when used for an extended period.
She herself was never diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but used the products for the majority of her life. Her case was filed on behalf of herself and all women who have been put at risk or suffered harm.
Berg vs J&J
In one of the most pivotal rulings on the matter, Diane Berg successfully held Johnson & Johnson liable for deceptive marketing practices, concealment of critical safety facts and the failure to warn consumers about potential cancer risks. She used the products from 1975 until 2007 and was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. When she learned of the studies performed over decades which indicated that women were at an elevated risk of developing cancer when exposed to talcum products, she filed a lawsuit.
Her doctor removed part of a tumor and found talc inside the cancerous tissue, offering irrefutable evidence that the buildup of talc had caused the formation of the tumor. Another doctor testified during the trial that he belies talcum powder is a contributing factor in over 10,000 cancer diagnoses every year.
Illinois Class Action
A similar class action lawsuit was filed in Illinois only a month after the California class action. The woman bringing the suit was not herself diagnosed with cancer, but she filed the lawsuit on behalf of all women under the claim that Johnson & Johnson violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and the Deceptive Business Practice Act. She alleged that these laws were violated when the company chose to refrain from placing warnings on talc product labels despite knowing of the clear connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer.
Her claim seeks to hold Johnson & Johnson liable for every woman who has used baby powder, Shower to Shower and similar products produced by the company and marketed as hygienic products.
Allow Our Talcum Powder Attorneys to Fight on Your Behalf
If you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for most of your life, it is possible that your injuries were due to negligence and fraudulent marketing practices. If this is the case, you are entitled to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, out of pocket costs, pain and suffering and more. Because Johnson & Johnson did not provide reasonable and fair warnings to consumers, the company may be held liable for any and all injuries that result from the use of their products.
The talcum powder injury lawyers at the Drug Law Center have extensive experience working with medical and product liability claims and we can help ensure you have the greatest chance possible of recovering the maximum amount of compensation the law will allow. For this reason, we guarantee that we will never require upfront fees and that we will only accept payment for our services once we have collected on your behalf.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning talcum powder injury lawyers so that we can gather the information we need to work hard on your behalf. Once we have reviewed your claim, we can let you know more about your legal options so that you know exactly what you can expect and can make an informed decision on how to proceed with your case. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your needs.