Wrongful Death Linked to Talcum Powder Use
Talcum powder has been commonly used in America for a very long time. Johnson’s Baby Powder has been on the market since 1894, and mothers have been using it on infants and toddlers to help prevent diaper rash for more than a century. Many women have been using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower as feminine hygiene products for decades.
Tragically, many have discovered too late that long-term genital use of talcum powder can lead to potentially fatal ovarian cancer. Scientific research has been indicating a possible link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use for decades, but Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the danger. In February 2016, a jury awarded $72 million in damages in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson filed by the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using J & J talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes.
At Farah & Farah, our talcum powder wrongful death attorneys understand that no amount of money can ever compensate you if you have lost a loved one to ovarian cancer. If you suspect that cancer may have developed after long-term talcum powder use for feminine hygiene, you may be able to seek justice for your loved one and hold responsible parties accountable in a wrongful death claim.
Talcum Powder and Wrongful Death
Johnson & Johnson talcum powder is such a well-known and commonly-accepted product that most women would never have suspected any danger associated with its use. Unfortunately, when talcum powder is applied to the genital area, tiny particles of talc can be absorbed into the vagina and travel through the reproductive system all the way to the ovaries. These particles do not break down, and may remain embedded in the tissues for years. They can cause inflammation and irritation, and cancer cells may develop on the outer surface of the ovaries. Ovarian cancer is a very serious condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, it rarely causes any symptoms in the early stages. For that reason, it can easily go undetected until it has spread throughout the pelvis and abdomen. Late stage ovarian cancer is very difficult to treat, and in many cases, proves fatal.
Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe for use, or to adequately warn consumers of any danger. Women with ovarian cancer and their families who have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claim that the company knew about the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder and failed to warn consumers. Family members of the deceased may have a wrongful death claim when ovarian cancer and death occur after long-term genital use of talcum powder products.
Talcum Powder Wrongful Death Lawyer
Recent research has confirmed the link between ovarian cancer and genital talcum powder use, and yet Johnson & Johnson still maintains that their products are safe. Although a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind when you are grieving for a deceased loved one, seeking justice and compensation may be the best thing to do for your family.
Our talcum powder injury lawyers are compassionate and dedicated legal advocates. Contact Farah & Farah for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.