Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products have been used by many women as a hygiene product. Meanwhile, studies dating to the early 1970s suggest a link between use of the product and cancer. Many lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson knew about this risk, but did not disclose it to consumers. If you or someone you love is a talcum powder user who has developed ovarian cancer, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. At the moment, there are thousands of pending lawsuits filed by ovarian cancer victims against Johnson & Johnson.
It is also important to note that a man was recently awarded $117 million in a case claiming that use of Johnson & Johnson products resulted in the development of mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer affects about one in 75 women. In cases of ovarian cancer victims filing suit against Johnson & Johnson, it is alleged that the powder entered the body through the use of the product and traveled through the fallopian tubes to the ovaries.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Loss of appetite
- Indigestion, severe heartburn, or acid reflux
- Atypical bloating
- Distention of the abdomen
- Extreme weight loss
- Vaginal bleeding
The presence of symptoms does not necessarily mean a patient is suffering from ovarian cancer. However, when these symptoms occur, it is imperative to visit a physician and obtain a proper medical diagnosis.
What to Expect during a Lawsuit
In order to collect damages in a talcum powder lawsuit, you must link the use of the powder to an injury. Most cases involve a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, with medical testimony and other evidence indicating that the cancer was caused by the use of the powder. In late 2017, a woman was awarded $70 million after alleging that the product led to her development of ovarian cancer. In successful cases, the victims convince a jury that the continued use of the product over several years led to their injuries, and that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn of the risk of cancer.
It is important to understand that corporations such as Johnson & Johnson have extensive legal resources, and that their attorneys are prepared to take great measures to discredit your claims. If you believe that the use of talcum powder contributed to an injury, it can be virtually impossible to file a successful suit without the help of an attorney who can demonstrate a connection. Rocky Walton is one of fewer than three percent of Texas attorneys who is a certified personal injury specialist, and he has a track record of helping victims collect.
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