Asbestos is the cancer-causing ingredient in Johnson and Johnson baby powder products.
Baby Powder and Cancer
The baby powder that Johnson and Johnson manufactured and distributed all over the world for decades proudly promoted the inclusion of talc, a soft mineral that effectively absorbs moisture and reduces friction. Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder was not only used for infants to prevent diaper rash but was also used by men and women alike to also receive moisture- reducing benefits.
However, decades ago, researchers discovered that talc contained another mineral, a cancer ingredient known as asbestos. Asbestos is the cancer-causing ingredient in Johnson and Johnson baby powder products related to the increased risk of developing mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, peritoneal cancer, and testicular mesothelioma.
Baby Powder Use on Infants
Johnson and Johnson became a household name through their largely known product baby powder, which was synonymous with diaper use for decades. However, research from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has actually recommended for some time now that parents refrain from using powders on their children that include talc, as these products can also contain asbestos, the cancer-causing ingredient in Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The result of using this product over a considerable period of time can result in lung damage, respiratory issues, or the development of different types of mesothelioma or cancers.
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Baby Powder and Adult Personal Hygiene
While Johnson and Johnson created baby powder for a specific market, many adults used this baby powder as well as a way to absorb moisture and prevent chafing. While the official stance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the safety of talc is completely neutral, other researchers have shown a connection between talc and cancer for years. Talc is also found in other types of powders, cosmetics, and even in foods, although it is not actually considered safe for consumption. If you are curious if any of your personal hygiene or cosmetics contain talc or talcum powder, you can easily search the Environmental Working Group’s searchable database to search through approximately 73,000 products to see what your personal hygiene and cosmetic products contain.
Products Liability Law
If you developed a serious or life-threatening diagnosis due to the cancer-causing ingredient in Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder, you may have the legal right to file a claim regarding your injuries and losses. Your compensation can possibly include all of your expenses related to your medical bills, treatments, surgeries, prescriptions and therapies, your pain and suffering, and your lost wages due to your inability to return to work as a result of your cancer or other medical condition.
There are several thousand talcum powder lawsuits that currently exist in the United States today. Many of these actually rely on product liability law, which requires that manufacturers only release safe products into the stream of commerce for use by consumers. Any unsafe or dangerous or hazardous product that causes harm to a consumer can result in a product liability law. Product liability law is a strict liability tort, meaning that a victim does not have to prove negligence, but rather only needs to prove that the product itself was either hazardous or defective.
Statute of Limitations
If you believe that your development of cancer relates to your use of talc-containing products, you have the legal right to pursue a claim to receive both justice and compensation for your injuries and losses. However, there are deadlines, called statute of limitations, that a victim must meet when filing a claim in a court of law. Every state has a different statute of limitations to file a claim for compensation related to their injuries, and when products relate to the development of a serious medical condition, the statute of complications analysis can result in complicated and complex legal analysis. If you are considering filing a claim against Johnson and Johnson, you may wish to consider visiting with a lawyer who can help you through the process and ensure that you meet all of the required deadlines.
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If you developed a serious medical condition after continuous exposure to talc-containing products, consider contacting Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how we can help you today. We offer free consultations and you can speak with a member of our team today. You should not have to pay for the injuries you suffered through no fault of your own. We can fight to hold the negligent party accountable for their wrongdoing and potentially win a financial award on your behalf.