Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 11:04 am by Williams Hart
Talcum Powder Attorneys
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer after using a talcum powder product, you could be owed significant compensation. We urge you to contact one of the experienced talcum powder attorneys of Williams Hart right away.
The companies that manufacture talcum powder are some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry, and they will fight to protect their reputation and profits at all costs. Fortunately, our team has secured victories against some of the largest companies in the world and has recovered over $1 billion in successful settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients.
We are here to help you if you’ve developed ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder use. There is no risk to call us, our consultations are free, and you won’t pay us anything until we secure money for your case. Contact our team of compassionate, knowledgeable trial attorneys by calling (800) 220-9341, filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live.
What You Need to Know
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that is comprised of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen elements. In its natural form, talc could contain asbestos, which has long been linked to cancer risk. Because talc powder absorbs moisture and prevents friction, it can help keep skin dry and rash-free.
Talcum powder, commonly used in cosmetic and sanitary products, has been sold without any restrictions or warnings for more than 40 years now. Sadly, the use of this item—an estimated 20 to 40% of women in the United States—has been linked to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. As one of the most common forms of cancer in women, the potential dangers posed by the use of talcum powder should be treated very seriously. The experienced legal team at Williams Hart is now investigating claims related to ovarian cancer that may have been caused by the use of talcum powder.
Talcum Powder’s Link to Ovarian Cancer
One of the most reputable physicians concerning this association, Dr. Daniel Cramer estimates that talcum powder may be responsible for over 10,000 ovarian cancer diagnoses every year. To put that in better perspective, consider the following:
- Around 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year
- Around 15,000 deaths are attributed to ovarian cancer every year
With the Science World Report stating the risk of developing ovarian cancer for women using talcum powder increased by 24%, the potentially dangerous side effects of talcum powder are taken very seriously by the legal team at Williams Hart.
Talcum Powder Products that Could Cause Ovarian Cancer
The manufacturers of talcum powder and talcum powder-based products have known about the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since the 1970s, yet they have done nothing to warn consumers of the dangers of the product. They deliberately chose not to tell women that the application of powder for personal hygiene, especially application to sanitary napkins or use around the genital area, could cause cancer.
When applied, studies show that talc particles can enter through the vaginal opening and move through the uterus and cervix, eventually reaching the ovaries through the fallopian tubes.
Talcum powder is often purchased over the counter in these forms:
- Baby powder
- Body powder
- Perfumed powder
- Medicated powder
It can be dusted on the skin, applied to underwear or sanitary napkins, or on diapers.
Many of the products used for personal hygiene include:
- Johnson’s Baby Powder by Johnson & Johnson
- Shower-to-Shower by Valeant Pharmaceuticals
- Gold Bond Body Powder
- Baby Magic Baby Powder
- Nivea Pure Talc
- Summer’s Eve Body Powder
- Estee Lauder Body Powder
As mentioned above, the manufacturers of these products are some of the biggest names in the personal hygiene industry including:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Shower to Shower (Valeant)
- Gold Bond
- Clubman Pinaud
- Prestige Brands
- Estee Lauder
Many of these companies (including industry giant Johnson & Johnson) continue to refute research that shows the link between talc powder and cancer. Because of this, many of these potentially dangerous products remain on the shelves in stores, without any warning labels.
Juries Have Awarded Billions to Ovarian Cancer Patients
Despite Johnson & Johnson and other companies’ claims that the risks of ovarian cancer are too low to justify warning consumers, juries have repeatedly decided in favor of ovarian cancer patients in court. The first ovarian cancer talcum powder lawsuit victory against Johnson & Johnson was decided in 2013 in federal court.
Since then, there have been other significant victories against the company, including:
- $70 Million – Awarded in 2016 to a woman who had used talcum powder for over 40 years and developed terminal ovarian cancer
- $72 Million – Awarded in 2016 to the family of a woman who had used talcum powder for decades and died from terminal ovarian cancer
- $55 Million -Awarded in 2016 to a woman who was forced to undergo a hysterectomy and multiple surgeries due to ovarian cancer
- $110 Million – Awarded to a woman with terminal ovarian cancer in 2017
- $417 Million – Awarded in 2017 to a woman who developed terminal ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for years
- $4.69 Billion – Awarded to a group of 22 women by a Missouri jury in 2018. All were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for years
While juries across the U.S. have awarded over $5 Billion, there are still many more lawsuits pending and even more are expected. Patients who believe that they may have developed ovarian cancer due to talcum powder use should contact a talcum powder lawyer right away.
Am I Eligible to File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
If you used talcum powder for personal hygiene regularly and you developed ovarian cancer or cancer of the fallopian tubes, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
You do not have to know for sure that your cancer was caused by talcum powder. Let an experienced attorney from Williams Hart investigate your case and help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.
Also, if someone close to you died due to terminal ovarian cancer, you could be eligible to bring a wrongful death claim against the companies responsible.
Filing a lawsuit can bring you and your family relief in a number of ways. It could help you recover compensation for medical treatment (including diagnosis, treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, and subsequent care).
You could also recover money for wages lost from time off of work, as well as pain, suffering, and mental anguish. If you lost a loved one due to terminal ovarian cancer, a wrongful death lawsuit could secure compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of future income, and loss of consortium, in some cases.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Each state has a statute of limitations that places a strict time limit on how long victims have to file an injury or wrongful death lawsuit. It is critical to consult an attorney to discuss the statute of limitations in your particular state. As a general rule, it is a good idea to get started on your claim as soon as possible, since time is always of the essence with these cases. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, the court will be barred from hearing your case.
Why Should I Choose Williams Hart to Handle My Case?
One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is selecting the right attorney to represent you. When taking on massive, globally-recognized companies like Johnson & Johnson and others, you will want a legal team that is not afraid of these corporations and their powerful insurance companies. You’ll want a team that has secured victories against these corporate giants and has the skill and resources necessary to not only fight for you, but win.
Since 1983, Williams Hart has been the trusted legal counsel for so many people just like you. We take pride in fighting for individuals and their families, and we’re proud of our track record of success. We’ve secured over a billion dollars for people across the country, and we’re ready to put our experience to work on your case.
When you call us, you’ll find out why we’ve been the firm of choice for so many people who have been harmed by products made by huge corporations like the ones we’re dealing with here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and let us sit down with you and explain all of the options available to you.
How Much Will It Cost Me to Hire Williams Hart to Represent Me?
The attorneys at Williams Hart believe that everyone should have access to experienced legal representation. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you can afford a nationally-recognized firm to represent your interests. That’s why we work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we won’t charge you for anything – not consultations, not investigations, expert medical witnesses, negotiations or trial – until we win your case. If we don’t secure money for your talcum powder claim, you won’t owe us a single penny.
Contact a Talcum Powder Attorney to Learn More
If you or someone you love developed ovarian cancer or another serious illness as a result of the use of talcum powder, the experienced trial attorneys of Williams Hart want to help you. We have decades of experience handling these types of cases, and we’re ready to stand up for you and get you the justice you are owed.
We are ready to investigate your claims against the companies who sell these talcum-based products, so don’t hesitate to contact us right now for help. Our consultations are free, so schedule yours by calling (800) 220-9341 or by reaching out to us online.