Claims Dissuading The Use Of Talcum Powder
The risks of using talcum powder have been known for years by medical professionals, yet not disclosed to women. With the risks of the substance being brought to light, manufacturers of talcum powder are being held responsible for adverse reactions.
A lot of these side effects are life-threatening, and can include:
- Ovarian cancer
What Is Talcum Powder Used For?
Developed with magnesium silicate (talc), a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, talcum powder is finely ground to absorb moisture, and reduce friction. These properties are why the product is frequently used as a common ingredient in cosmetics, personal hygiene products, and other consumer goods. General uses for talcum powder include:
- Baby powder
- Foot powder
- Sanitary/Incontinence pads
- Medicated powders
- Voluntary Or Emergency Surgeries
Its ability to reduce rashes as well as absorbing moisture is why talcum powder is very popular amongst consumers. Since the first claim against Johnson & Johnson knowing about the link between their product and the risk of being diagnosed with cancers arose, sales of talcum powder have not been halted.
Lawsuits Associated With Talcum Powder
In 1971, a study conducted on the effects of talcum powder showed that 75% of ovarian tumors showed traces of talc. Manufacturers johnson & johnson did not warn doctors or patients about the cancerous risks their product has, and that individuals exposed to the powder could have serious, life-threatening danger.
Some cases have shown that johnson & johnson have continued marketing their baby powder as a safe to use product for infants and adults, despite the evidence to the contrary. The first case against the company was won in 2013 in federal court. Since then, thousands of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder products have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer.
Due to the popularity of talcum powder, there are thousands of potential claims waiting to be filed as a result of johnson & johnson’s negligence. If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of using talc products, you can seek justice. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to see the financial compensation for medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering endured.
Cases Filed Against Johnson & Johnson
After using johnson’s baby powder and shower to shower powder as a feminine hygiene product, as well as a way to ease chafing, deane berg filed a claim against the manufacturer. Using the product almost daily between 1975 to 2007, a pelvic exam in late 2006 showed blood clots in her ovaries, with further tests discovering ovarian cancer. Berg’s claim states that the use of talc is what caused her cancer, and the company should have issued a warning on their products. Once the cancerous tissues were removed, doctors confirmed her case, and berg won on her claim that the company was negligent, but not that it was a conspiracy, leaving johnson & johnson not liable.
Mona estrada filed a class action lawsuit during april 2014, in the eastern district of california. Estrada claimed that johnson & johnson violated consumers’ legal remedies, as well as the unfair competition law and business and professions code; negligence; and breach of implied warranty. Though she was not diagnosed with ovarian cancer, nor did she claim physical harm from the products, her case cites research indicated that there is a 33% increased risk for ovarian cancer associated with women who use talcum powder on their genitals.