Q: What are the side effects of talcum powder use?
A: The use of talcum powder by women for feminine hygiene purposes has been linked to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, about a 20-30% increase than women who do not use it.
Q: Why don’t talcum powder products have adequate warning labels?
A: Cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients; however, sometimes manufacturers fail to warn of potential harmful results of a product. The failure to warn of known safety issues that can cause harm makes the manufacturer liable to consumers.
Q: Has any legal action been taken against the makers of talcum powder?
A: Multiple lawsuits have been filed against makers of talcum powder. Recently, in February of 2016, there was a $72 million verdict in favor of a plaintiff who died of ovarian cancer after repeated use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. There was also a verdict against Johnson & Johnson, back in 2013, over failure to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer for their Shower-to-Shower Body Powder. Additionally, there are class-action lawsuits filed in multiple states against Johnson & Johnson for failure to warn consumers of potential health risks, and that their baby powder is unsafe for infants and women.
Q: How do I know if I have a viable case in a talcum powder lawsuit?
A: If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer after use of talcum powder, you may have a case for joining in the litigation.
Q: How long do I have to file a talcum powder lawsuit?
A: Every state has maximum time limitations on when an injury claim must be filed. These time restrictions are known as statutes of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer before the statute of limitation expires, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the entities and persons who may be liable for their injuries.
If you have been potentially injured by the use of talcum powder, your statute of limitations may already have expired, or may expire in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you without us first reviewing the individual facts of your situation.
Q: What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
A: If you believe you have developed ovarian cancer or uterine cancer resulting from the use of talcum powder, first see a doctor immediately. You should also report the incident to your physician and the FDA.
To find out if you are eligible to file a claim in a talcum powder lawsuit, contact McDivitt Law Firm at 877-846-4878 or request a free and confidential case evaluation.