Recently, plaintiffs have been awarded compensation in lawsuits against manufacturers of products containing talcum powder. If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of cancer linked to using talcum powder products, you may be able to seek compensation for your illness.
- Medical costs. This may include testing, medications, surgeries, ongoing treatments, hospital stays, and any other medical expenses resulting from your cancer.
- Lost wages. If your illness caused you to miss time at work, or left you unable to work, you may be able to seek awards for current and/or future loss of income. You may also seek permanent disability payments.
- Physical pain and emotional suffering. A serious illness like cancer causes physical pain, and the burden of cancer takes an emotional toll. You can seek compensation for this suffering.
- Wrongful death. If you are suing on behalf of a deceased loved one, you may seek compensation in their name, as well as awards for financial support lost upon their death.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Talcum powder is made from talc, a naturally occurring mineral. According to the American Cancer Society, some talc contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. This is because talc mines often are located near deposits of asbestos, and cross-contamination occurs naturally. Talcum powder has been linked primarily with ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Sanofi (the makers of Gold Bond Powder), Revlon, Colgate, and other major brands all have been sued in recent years over claims that their talcum powder products cause cancer.
Johnson & Johnson has faced more talcum powder lawsuits than any other company, with more than 15,000 suits against them, reports Reuters. In 2018, the company was ordered to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 plaintiffs over claims its products caused their ovarian cancer. In this case, evidence in the form of internal company documents showed J&J knew since the early 1970s that talc used in its products contained asbestos and other harmful substances.
In February 2020, J&J was ordered to pay $750 million to four plaintiffs who claimed talcum powder caused their mesothelioma, according to The Wall Street Journal. A January 2020 lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California names Sanofi, J&J, CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, and others. The suit alleges these companies knowingly withheld information from consumers about the presence of carcinogens in their products.
Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma
The link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder has been a concern for decades.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer often go undetected until it has spread to the pelvis, making early detection difficult, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include weight loss, quickly feeling full when eating, pain and discomfort in the pelvis and abdomen, and changes in bowels.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer long-associated with asbestos inhalation. It is an aggressive form of cancer that often affects the tissue surrounding the lungs. Mayo Clinic lists symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, weight loss, and abdominal pain and swelling.
If you believe you or someone you love shows any of the signs or symptoms of mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, consult a physician immediately.
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How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit against a large corporation can be complicated, time-consuming, and intimidating. Hiring a lawyer can help. Here is how:
- A lawyer can help you identify what you can expect to recover in a talcum powder lawsuit. A lawyer can make sure you are seeking compensation for everything to which you may be entitled, including medical costs and lost wages.
- A lawyer may help you prove talcum powder was a cause of your ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. A lawyer can also help you hire medical experts to testify on your behalf.
- A lawyer may help you file your case before the statute of limitations expires.
- A lawyer may help you join a class-action lawsuit. This type of suit allows you to file your talcum powder lawsuit as one of a group of plaintiffs.
To find out if a lawyer can help you with your talcum powder lawsuit, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444.