Over the past few years, thousands of people have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for ovarian cancer and other serious health conditions caused by the use of talcum powder. Some of the judgments and settlements of these cases have reached into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and litigation and lawsuits continue to roll in. Throughout, and even after several juries ruled against them, Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that its products cause cancer.
What is talc and why is it so dangerous?
Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. Its composition makes it ideal for grinding into a soft powder that easily absorbs moisture, which is why it’s a common ingredient in powder and cosmetics. Talc on its own isn’t necessarily dangerous, but the talc in question was found by the FDA to be contaminated with asbestos, which is a known carcinogen.
Contaminated talc can be linked to ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and other types of cancers. The thousands of actions against Johnson & Johnson allege that the company failed to warn consumers about the risks of using talc-based powders and products. Although the FDA doesn’t review or approve cosmetic products or ingredients before they go to market, companies are still responsible to provide consumers with a safe product. For example, the American Cancer Society recommended women stop using talc-based products back in 1999, but Johnson & Johnson continued promoting the safety of their talc powder products.
Further, a 2018 Reuters investigation exposed that Johnson & Johnson knew about the asbestos in their baby powder for decades, and failed to disclose that information to either government regulators or the public.
Am I eligible for a talc injury claim?
If you believe you or a loved one developed cancer, mesothelioma or another illness from a talc product, consider the following:
- What is my injury or illness?
- Do I have medical records and documentation to prove my injuries?
- Do my injuries line up with known talcum powder risks?
- Have I used a talc product over the last few decades?
- Could something else have caused my illness?
- What kinds of losses (financial or non-financial) have I suffered from my illness?
Our experienced attorneys can consult with you about all of these matters to determine if you have a strong talc injury case.
Compensation for talcum powder claims
Talcum powder cases typically seek compensation for medical expenses, current and future, as well as lost wages and earning potential. In the case of wrongful death, compensation would also include funeral expenses. Juries also have the right to award punitive damages in cases of extreme injury and negligence.
Here at Mezrano Law Firm, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. When companies put their bottom line over the safety of the public, we’ll step in and fight for you. Talk to us today to determine if you have a case. We serve the citizens of Birmingham, Mobile, Florence, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, and Montgomery for your convenience. To schedule a free case evaluation, reach out to us through our contact page or call 205-206-6300 today.