Talcum powder is a common cosmetic product, used for generations in many households, and no one would have predicted that this product could be the cause of serious or fatal health conditions. Nevertheless, scientific research has linked products containing talc to ovarian cancer and other serious health issues. For example, in June 2013, the National Institutes of Health published a large case study of 8,525 cases of ovarian cancer and 9,859 control cases in which researchers found a 20% to 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer when talcum powder was consistently used in the genital area.
Although scientists had been publishing concerns about talcum powder for decades, Johnson & Johnson, well-known manufacturer of “Shower to Shower” and “Johnson’s Baby Powder,” failed to warn consumers of the danger. In February and May of 2016, this corporate giant was ordered to pay a total of $127 million in damages in two cases of women who developed ovarian cancer after using J & J talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
If you have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one, and you suspect that the use of talcum powder may have led to the illness, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You may have a valid case, and could file a claim for compensation for your losses. The law imposes a time limit, known as a “statute of limitations” on personal injury claims. If you fail to file within the time the law allows, your claim could be forever barred.
Our talcum powder injury lawyers at Farah & Farah have been representing injured people for years. We believe that large corporations should be held accountable for the harm their products cause, and for failing to warn consumers of the danger. We are currently investigating talcum powder-related injury claims nationwide.
How Talcum Powder Use Can Lead to Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder is made from crushed talc, a mineral mined from the earth that does not break down once it has entered the body. When women use talcum powder in the genital area, tiny talc particles may be absorbed into the vagina and travel to the ovaries through the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes. These particles can remain embedded for years, causing irritation and inflammation and allowing cancer to develop. Talc particles have been found in tissue samples of women with ovarian cancer.
Why It Is Important to Move Quickly in a Talcum Powder Injury Claim
A product liability or wrongful death claim for talcum powder injuries is a serious and complex legal matter. Early involvement of a knowledgeable attorney may be critical to the outcome of your case. This type of lawsuit is likely to involve expert witnesses and extensive documentation, including medical records and research, development, and advertising data about the company and its products.
The sooner our talcum powder side effect attorneys are involved in your case, the sooner we can begin securing evidence and building a watertight argument regarding the responsible party’s liability for your injuries. By acting quickly, you can ensure that your claim is filed within the time limit allowed by law. If you or your loved one used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer, we urge you to get in touch with our dedicated legal team at Farah & Farah immediately. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.