If you received a diagnosis of cancer related to talcum powder use, you may have legal grounds to sue the manufacturer, retailer, or distributor of the product in a product liability lawsuit. You may also file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one if their cancer developed by using talcum powder.
There is a statute of limitations for talcum powder lawsuits, but the amount of time you have to file suit varies from state to state. The majority of states have a two-year statute of limitations on product liability lawsuits, but some states may allow four or more years. No state has a statute of limitations of less than one year. Wrongful death lawsuits generally have a statute of limitations of one to three years.
If you believe you have grounds for a talcum powder lawsuit, it is important to contact us as soon as possible, before the statute of limitations expires.
When the Clock Starts Ticking for Your Case
The amount of time you have to take action if you or a loved one suffered injuries from talcum powder use varies from state to state. In some states, the clock begins when an injury occurs, and in others, it is when an injury is discovered, according to the Legal Information Institute (LII).
For example, a plaintiff may want to file a talcum powder lawsuit if they received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer associated with talcum powder. It may have been years since the plaintiff suffered exposure to the talcum powder that caused the cancer. In a state where the clock begins to run at the time of injury, the statute of limitations may already be expired. However, in states where the time begins when an injury is discovered, the clock would begin to run at the time of diagnosis.
If you believe you have grounds for a talcum powder lawsuit, it is important to contact us as soon as possible, before the statute of limitations expires . A lawyer can determine what your state’s statute of limitations is, and when the clock begins to run. If the statute of limitations in your state expired, and your case is part of a class action lawsuit, a lawyer may also be able to help by filing your case in another plaintiff’s state where the statute of limitations may be longer.
About Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Talcum powder is linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. This is due to the presence of asbestos in talcum powder, which major manufacturers have known about since the early 1970s, according to the American Cancer Society.
Recently, there were several successful lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of talcum powder products on the basis that companies knew their products contained carcinogenic chemicals and hid this information from the public.
One such judgment was awarded in 2018, when 22 plaintiffs successfully sued Johnson & Johnson (J&J), claiming its talcum powder products caused their ovarian cancer. They were awarded $4.69 billion in damages, Reuters reports. In February 2020, a New Jersey court awarded $750 million to four plaintiffs whose mesothelioma was caused by talcum powder.
Johnson & Johnson is not the only company being taken to court over claims its talcum powder products are harmful. In January 2020, a lawsuit filed in California’s Superior Court names Sanofi, the makers of Gold Bond Powder, alongside J&J, Walgreens, Walmart, and other major brands and retailers. Plaintiffs in this case claim these companies failed to make the public aware of carcinogens in their talcum powder products.
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An Attorney from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
If you have a history of using talcum powder and received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, a lawyer may be able to help you file a lawsuit. If your loved one passed away from ovarian or mesothelioma, and you believe talcum powder caused their cancer, a lawyer may be able to help you file a suit on their behalf.
There is a statute of limitations for talcum powder lawsuits, but this varies from state to state. When the clock begins on the statute of limitations also differs from state to state. These laws can be confusing, especially when you may not have discovered your cancer diagnosis before the statute of limitations ran out.
A personal injury lawyer can assist you in determining the laws for your state and may be able to help you file your case before the statute of limitations is reached. If applicable, a lawyer can help you become a party to a class-action lawsuit where your case may be filed in another state.
If you or a loved one has a cancer diagnosis, you must take legal action and seek the compensation you are entitled to. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to see how our team may be able to help you with your talcum powder lawsuit.