Deane Berg, a South Dakota woman, was the first person to sue Johnson & Johnson for ovarian cancer talcum powder injuries, and she won her case, although she was not awarded damages. Ms. Berg’s case laid the legal groundwork for other cases, and as of May 2016, Johnson & Johnson had been ordered to pay a total of $127 million in damages to two other plaintiffs who developed ovarian cancer after years of using the company’s talcum powder products.
According to an article on CNN, more than 1,000 women are filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson because of cancer diagnoses they attribute to use of the company’s talcum powder products. The article states that an obstetrician/gynecologist testified in Deane Berg’s trial with an opinion that more than 10,000 women a year develop ovarian cancer at least partially caused by their use of talcum powder. A pathologist found talc particles in the tissue of Ms. Berg’s ovarian tumor.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene, it is in your best interests to speak with a talcum powder injury case lawyer right away. You may have a valid claim for compensation for the many consequences of developing ovarian cancer.
At Farah & Farah, we have devoted our practice to helping people who have been injured through the negligence of others. Our legal team is committed to holding large corporations accountable when they fail to warn consumers about the dangers of their products. Our personal injury lawyers are currently investigating talcum powder injury claims nationwide.
Damages in a Talcum Powder Injury Claim
Compensation possible in a personal injury lawsuit depends to a large degree on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and losses. Ovarian cancer is a very serious disease, and it can be fatal. In February 2016 a Missouri jury awarded $72 million in damages from Johnson & Johnson to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using J & J talcum powder products for decades – $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are designed to make the injured party “whole.” These damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Punitive damages, on the other hand are designed to punish the defendant for outrageous misconduct and to deter similar actions in the future. The plaintiff in this case claimed that Johnson & Johnson had known for decades that its talcum powder products could cause cancer and failed to warn consumers.
In May 2016, another Missouri jury awarded $55 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after genital use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for decades. In this case, $5 million was awarded to the plaintiff in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
Speak With a Talcum Powder Injury Lawyer About Possible Compensation
Research indicating a link between genital use of talc-containing products and ovarian cancer has been available for decades, yet Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the danger. Contact us if you have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Our talcum powder injury attorneys at Farah & Farah are zealous advocates and determined to help injured women seek justice. You can reach us at (800) 533-3555.