Talcum Powder Tort Claims
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Talcum Powder – Studies Reveal Health Risks

Talcum powder has been used for decades to help reduce moisture. However, this seemingly innocent use has been examined for years and recent studies have confirmed that there is a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. This fact was previously known to talcum powder manufacturers has long-been concealed, resulting in serious consequences for many.

There is a causal connection between women who have used talc for feminine hygiene and later developed ovarian cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates around 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually. Recent research has made a connection with the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Many lawsuits are pending against the manufacturers of talcum powder for causing ovarian cancer resulting in jury verdicts of millions of dollars in damages.

Talc and Talcum Powder

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral found in clay and extracted from the soil. Talc is produced naturally and consists of a combination of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. Because it’s the softest mineral on earth, it’s used in many consumer products (e.g. cosmetics, personal care products, chewing gum and in the manufacturing of tablets).

Talcum powder is made from talc and it is popular because it absorbs moisture and eases friction (and rashes). Talc has a natural tendency to absorb moisture which is why it is used in such varied uses as baby products and blush cosmetics. It prevents caking in cosmetics and improves the feel of products.

Talcum Powder and Cancer

In its natural state talc can contain asbestos and asbestos does cause cancer including ovarian and lung, mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer).

A St. Louis jury in 2016 saw a 1997 internal memo from Johnson & Johnson (large maker of talcum powder) which discussed a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Based on evidence, juries awarded over $1 billion in verdicts against Johnson & Johnson for personal losses as well as punitive damages.

In July, 2018, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson spent 40 years covering up evidence of asbestos in some of its talcum-based products and failed to add warnings to the talc products or failed to use other sources of powder made with cornstarch. In October 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary recall of Johnson & Johnson of Johnson’s Baby Powder after FDA testing found a sample from one lot of the product contained chrysotile fibers, a type of asbestos and advised that consumers should stop using powder from Lot #22318RB.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Compensation

If you have any form of cancer directly due to the use of talcum powder for hygiene or work related to mining, you may have the right to hold the manufacturer accountable and could be eligible to recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills and future treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish

Statute of Limitations for Talcum Powder Lawsuits

The statute of limitations in a talcum powder case can be far more complicated than a traditional personal injury claim due to the assumed lack of awareness regarding victim’s risk of  injury when they were using talcum powder. Under 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 5/13-213(d), a person has two years from the date they knew of the personal injury or death to file a product liability action. A claim cannot be brought more than eight years after the date of personal injury or wrongful death. For minors, the statute of  limitations does not start until the person turns 18 years of age.

Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer, consult with attorneys who have previously handled products liability suits. The product liability attorneys at Bellas & Wachowski have helped protect consumers from dangerous products including SUV rollovers to polluted dog food. We can help you recover damages as a result of talcum powder.

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