If you are one of the thousands of women with an ovarian cancer diagnosis that may stem from regular use of talcum powder, you may be able to pursue a claim against the manufacturer of that powder. One of the largest producers of talcum powder is Johnson & Johnson.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, multiple studies concluded possible risks of ovarian cancer with talcum powder use. These studies include epidemiology studies, as well as studies where lab animals exposed to talc subsequently developed tumor formations. It was later learned that Johnson & Johnson had scientific evidence as far back as the 1960s that their powders were linked to increased ovarian cancers risks—yet they kept this information hidden.
If you suspect that your ovarian cancer was caused by talcum powder use, a biopsy can show whether or not there is talc mineral present in the cancerous tissues. In addition to being helpful in proving your cases against the powder manufacturer, this can also be very compelling evidence to a jury. Rather than just listening to a doctor testify or reading lab results, a biopsy enables an attorney to present physical evidence, giving jurors visual evidence of the actual talcum powder particles that are ingrained in the cancerous tissue. If an individual wants to know more about talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and how they can pursue a case, they should consult a knowledgeable dangerous products attorney that can help.
Claims against the Company
In order to prepare talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, an attorney may use one or more common claims against the company.
- Strict Liability for Failure to Warn: Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known that women were using talcum power in their genital region and that it was unreasonably dangerous to do so. Despite this knowledge, they continued to market and advertise the product without warning
- Negligence: Johnson & Johnson breached its duty to exercise reasonable care to consumers—women in particular—in the design, development, manufacturing, testing, marketing, labeling, and sale of talcum powder. Their failures caused women to develop cancer, incur medical expenses, lose wages, and suffer emotionally and physically. It has also caused men to lose their wives and children to lose their mothers
- Breach of Warranty: Johnson & Johnson markets its baby powder as safe and effective to use in the genital area for both men and women. Women relied on the product’s safety, and as a result developed cancer and incurred damages in many cases
- Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are meant to punish bad behavior. Johnson & Johnson knew of the unreasonably high risk of ovarian cancer posed by its products before marketing and selling them. Despite this, it concealed those risks and marketed the product as safe
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Call now if you would like to discuss your case with an experienced dangerous product attorney who could offer guidance on what legal options you may have. Talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson might seem impossible to win, but a qualified attorney can help you hold them accountable. Work with a skilled lawyer that could devote the time and resources necessary to help you recover the damages that you deserve.