Top Pennsylvania Talcum Powder Cancer Lawyers
Are You Looking For a Top Rated Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorney in Pennsylvania?
Look no further. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used Talcum Powder regularly, then you should talk to one of our attorneys to explore whether or not you might have a legal claim .Top rated Pennsylvania dangerous drug and consumer attorney, Gary Brod has handled over 529 drug and products lawsuits with successful results. In order to obtain compensation your attorney must file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Talcum powder.
Its also true that some exposures are too small to cause serious health issues, but scientific and medical studies has shown that consistent application of the talc product upon the female genital areas over a significant period of time can cause ovarian cancer in women. Studies have shown that over time the talc particles travel from the fallopian tubes into the ovaries where they can cause cancer. The claims for ovarian cancer being caused by the talc exposure are the most widely known and the basis for most claims against the talc manufacturers. Also successful claims have also been pursued against talc manufacturers for those who have suffered mesothelioma due to contamination from asbestos in the talcum powder products. The mesothelioma claims have arisen from inhalation of the talcum powder which was contaminated with asbestos particles which have been conclusively established to be a carcinogen.
The dangers were also known to Johnson and Johnson, the company that produced and sold much of talcum powder. The company aggressively marketed it so that it permeated every aspect of American life, selling it for outlandish profits, and refusing to tell anyone about the dangers of Talcum powder so they could keep selling it. As a matter of fact, for almost 50 years the FDA deferred to the guidelines set by talc manufacturers as to the absence of asbestos. Anyone who claimed the product made them sick was stonewalled. During that time when companies like J&J discovered asbestos in the talc they had a policy in place discovered from a March 1975 memo to essentially stop all internal studies that could reveal safety issues of the product that could embarrass the company. J &J was to only initiate studies as a result of direct challenge to product safety. The company's clear intent was to avoid any controversy that could hurt their profits from sales of the talc containing products. This information was only discovered through the investigation process during a lawsuit. Those blockbuster findings are one of the reasons why Johnson and Johnson have been sued by thousands of women who have gotten cancer from using Talcum powder. A number of claims have settled privately while some have garnered national attention. The vast majority of these claims involving ovarian or uterine cancer have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation program (MDL) in New Jersey overseen by Judge Wolfson. The MDL claims do not include asbestos talc contamination cases.
Major Recent Development Affecting Users Of Talcum Powder
On May 19, 2020 Johnson and Johnson announced that sales of talc based Johnson's Bay Powder will no longer be sold in the United States and Canada. The announcement came on the heels of FDA testing for asbestos contamination in selected J&J products in 2019 and on declining sales. The removal of the products is a powerful statement that some believe is a recognition by the company of the public awareness of the link between Johnson and Johnson's talc based products and ovarian cancer brought on by the increasing number of lawsuits. It is hopeful that this breakthrough development is an indication that J&J will recognize their liability for their inaction in concealing the dangers of these talc based products.
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There have been over 19,000 talcum powder lawsuits filed against J&J through March 29, 2020.
Verdicts and Settlements From Talcum Powder Lawsuits In National Headlines
- In a recent landmark Talcum Powder case a Missouri appeals court upheld a jury verdict on June 23, 2020 that Johnson and Johnson's talcum powder caused ovarian cancer in 22 women and reduced the original award by half to about $2.1 billion. Those lawsuits arose specifically from the use of J&J's products of Johnson's Baby Powder and another talc-containing powder, Shower to Shower that they used to sell. Despite the appeal of J&J to try to overturn the original verdict, the court sided with the victims stating "the evidence when viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict, reveals plaintiffs met their burden of causation."
- $9 Million award to Florida women whose mesothelioma was claimed to be caused by the asbestos in J&J's talc containing powder.
- $750 Million in punitive damages (recently reduced) were awarded to four survivors of mesothelioma in New Jersey because the jury believed the company which was responsible hid the risks from the consumer. The punitive damages were in addition to the original compensatory damages of $37.3 million awarded by the previous jury. The purpose of the punitive damages award was to punish Johnson and Johnson for concealing from the general public the test results of the asbestos contamination.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can be hard to recognize because they can mimic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a more common and treatable disorder. Also some woman have mistaken the swollen abdomen for pregnancy.
Here are some of the symptoms to look for:
- Feeling bloated constantly
- Swollen stomach
- Feeling full quickly when eating
- Frequent need to urinate
- Discomfort in belly or pelvic area
- Weight loss
- Menstrual irregularities
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder, found in baby powder, facial powders, and dry shampoos, is a common household product made of talc, a soft mineral which is extremely effective at absorbing moisture.. After being used for generations without concern, studies that began as early as the 1970s have now revealed that there could be a substantial link between use of talcum powder and the development of ovarian cancer in women if used in the genital area. A 2013 study by Brigham and Women's Hospital analyzed data from nearly 2,000 cases and discovered that there was a 20% to 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talcum powder.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used Talcum Powder regularly, then you should talk to one of our attorneys to explore whether or not you might have a legal claim.
Talcum powder is commonly found in:
- Baby powder
- Waterless shampoo
- Foot powders
As a woman who has used talcum powder and now have ovarian cancer what do I do now?
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and believe that your cancer could be linked to the use of talcum powder, contact an attorney at The Brod Law Firm as soon as possible. We will discuss the specifics of your case and determine whether you have a claim.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer following regular talcum powder usage, you may be hesitant to hire an attorney because you don't think you can pay the attorney's fees. If financial worries are keeping you from contacting an attorney, don't wait a minute longer to get the representation you deserve. The drug injury attorneys at The Brod Law Firm work on a contingency basis when representing clients for talcum powder lawsuits. This means that your attorney will only get paid if he or she wins your case. If you don't win, you don't owe your attorney anything. There are no expensive hourly fees, down payments, or financial risks.
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson finds itself the subject of two class-action lawsuits filed in 2014, both of which claim the company is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer through its high-selling Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
The class-action filings came one year after South Dakota resident Deane Berg won her legal claim that J&J was negligent because it did not warn her during three decades of Baby Powder use could put her at greater risk for developing ovarian cancer. Berg was diagnosed with that type of cancer in 2006.
The primary effect of the litigation was the increased scrutiny on how responsible J&J is for not warning consumers – primarily women – about the dangers of its talc-based powders.
Over many decades, women applied talc-based powders to dusted their private parts with talcum powders or sprinkled them on undergarments and sanitary pads to keep the groin area cool and comfortable and discourage the development of vaginal odors. Additionally, the reproductive tracts of many women were exposed to talcum powder via diaphragms sprinkled with the product or condoms that were coated with it.
Although there is some conflicting research, most published medical studies indicate that talc-based powders, when used by women long term to keep moisture, odor and chafing under control around their vagina, are associated with a 30% increase in the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer according to the journal of Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
A Limited Time to File a Lawsuit
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania's statute of limitations requires that products liability lawsuits be filed within two years of the injury. Because it is impossible to know exactly when talcum powder exposure triggered or caused cancer, the statute of limitations gets tolled or delayed until you discover that you have developed one of these medical conditions.
Therefore, once you have discovered that you have developed cancer, you have two years to file a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson for your losses or join the existing multidistrict litigation and fight for the compensation that you need and deserve.
Pennsylvania Products Liability Lawyers at The Brod Law Firm
The personal injury and products liability lawyers at The Brod Law Firm in Pennsylvania can help. Contact them online or call their law office 24 hrs at 888-HELPWIN (1-888-435-7946) to get the legal representation you need to recover the financial compensation you deserve for these terrible injuries you have suffered.