Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson claiming its talcum powder products can cause women to develop ovarian cancer. The company has last several of these lawsuits as juries awarded tens of millions in compensation to victims.
Our firm is currently investigating claims against Johnson & Johnson, and we offer a free consultation to discuss your situation. Over more than 20 years, our firm has obtained over $1 billion on behalf of our clients, including a $3.75 settlement for a victim of a defective product. Partner Nate Bjerke has represented injury victims against large corporations like Amazon, Walmart, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and State Farm Insurance.
If we find you have a case, there is no obligation to move forward. You decide if you want to file a talcum powder injury lawsuit and if you do, there are no fees for our services unless you receive compensation.
Learn more about how we may be able to assist you by calling (612) TSR-TIME to schedule your free legal consultation.
Am I Eligible to File a Lawsuit?
This is a difficult question to answer, as there are so many factors our experienced Bloomington defective product lawyers need to consider. Some of these factors may include:
- When you were diagnosed
- Your history of using talcum powder (how often and how long you have been using it)
- Whether you used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene
- Whether you have had a biopsy showing you have talcum powder in your system
- Whether you had a genetic predisposition to developing ovarian cancer
- The damages caused by your diagnosis
Determining if you may have a case is a complex task, and it is important to discuss the situation with a licensed attorney.
There is limited time to take legal action, so it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
We can be reached by phone: (612) TSR-TIME or online contact form anytime, 24/7.
Compensation in a Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Ovarian cancer is a life-threatening illness, and victims often go through painful treatment that causes many side effects that hurt their quality of life. Filing a lawsuit may allow you to obtain compensation for the damages you have suffered and may suffer in the future, including:
- Past, current and future medical expenses related to your treatment
- Lost wages for missing time at work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Lost companionship
- Lost enjoyment of life
Sometimes punitive damages may be available. These are meant to punish product manufacturers for gross or intentional negligence or wrongdoing and try to prevent others from engaging in the same type of behavior in the future. While punitive damages are rarely awarded in injury claims, they may be more likely to be awarded in defective product cases.
Link to Ovarian Cancer
Over more than 50 years, numerous studies have come out showing a link between the use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene and developing ovarian cancer.
One of the most recent came out in 2016 in the journal Epidemiology. Researchers studied more than 4,000 women (some had ovarian cancer and some did not). They found using talcum powder in the genital region increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33 percent.
Another study released in 2016 found 63 percent of African-American women who developed ovarian cancer had used talcum powder throughout their life. Researchers concluded using talcum powder directly on the genital area increased the risk for ovarian cancer.
One of the first studies to link ovarian cancer to the use of talcum powder came out in 1971 in the medical journal The Lancet. The study analyzed ovarian tumors and researchers discovered talc particles embedded in them.
Since then, many more studies have come out, including a 2003 study analyzing 16 other studies. This study found a 33 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer in women who regularly use talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.
There was also a 2013 study analyzing eight case studies showing women who used talcum powder in the genital area had a 20 to 30 percent higher risk for ovarian cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded talc is a possible carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) for women.
Have questions about whether you can file a talcum powder injury lawsuit? Call (612) TSR-TIME.
Settlements That Have Been Reached
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing nearly 14,000 talcum powder lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey. An MDL combines lawsuits that make similar allegations to help streamline the process.
These lawsuits were filed by people who have ovarian cancer or families who lost loved ones to the disease. The lawsuits claim use of talcum powder products, such as Baby Powder, caused the victim to develop ovarian cancer. The lawsuits also claim Johnson & Johnson did not warn consumers about the risk of ovarian cancer.
These lawsuits have resulted in billions in awards to victims, including a $4.7 billion award for 22 women and their families. In July 2018, a St. Louis Circuit Court jury awarded $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages.
Here are some of the other notable verdicts in talcum powder injury lawsuits in recent years:
- March 2019 – A jury in California awarded $29 million to a woman who claimed Johnson & Johnson talcum-powder based products caused her to develop cancer.
- May 2018 – A Los Angeles jury awarded $21.7 million to a woman who claimed she developed cancer from Baby Powder. This award was all compensatory damages and did not include any punitive damages.
- April 2018 – A jury in New Jersey awarded $117 million to a married couple. The wife claimed she developed mesothelioma from using Baby Powder. The award included $80 million in punitive damages.
- August 2017 – A jury in Los Angeles awarded $417 million to a woman in her 60s who said she used Baby Powder for more than four decades. The majority of the award was punitive damages ($347 million).
- October 2016 – Another St. Louis jury awarded $70 million in a case file by a woman from California who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.
Contact TSR Injury Law to Discuss a Possible Talcum Powder Injury Lawsuit
Manufacturers have a duty to create products that are reasonably safe for their intended use. If there are dangers or risk of contracting diseases from using these products, manufacturers must provide adequate warnings to consumers.
When product manufacturers do not fulfill their legal obligations, they should be held liable for their actions and the damages consumers suffer.
At TSR Injury Law, we have been representing injury victims for more than 20 years and have obtained over $1 billion in compensation. Our co-founder and managing partner Steven Terry has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer in Minnesota and is a member of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers Association.
Your consultation is free and comes with no obligation. We do not get paid unless our clients receive compensation.
Call TSR Injury Law today to discuss a possible talcum powder injury lawsuit. (612) TSR-TIME