Get Help from an Experienced Talcum Powder and Cancer Attorney
During the last several decades, many people have used talcum powder products for personal hygiene. Unfortunately, regular use of products that contain talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, and mesothelioma. If you used products containing talc over several years and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be able to get compensation through a talcum powder lawsuit. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Baby Powder® and Shower to Shower®, has been named in more than 34,000 talcum powder cancer lawsuits related to its products. Although the company denies its products cause cancer, lawsuits continue to pile up.
Our Law Firm Assists Victims of Dangerous Products
You shouldn’t have to suffer financially—as well as physically and emotionally–when a consumer product you trustingly used harmed you. Our attorneys may be able to get you compensation to pay medical bills and other costs if you regularly used a Johnson & Johnson talc product, or one from another manufacturer, and have cancer.
Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law in Houston was founded by a former Texas judge who is also a Board Certified personal injury lawyer (certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization). Board certification is only given to attorneys who demonstrate professional excellence in their area of the law. Terry Bryant and his team of lawyers fight hard to help people injured by dangerous products get legal recourse.
For over 35 years, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law has successfully assisted many victims of dangerous consumer products. We want to learn how we can help you too. Call us now at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000.
How Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Talc is a mineral that in its natural form may contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. When talc is mined to make baby powder or another cosmetic product, asbestos may still be present in it. When people use talcum powder in the genital area for hygiene or apply it to sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms, talc particles can travel up through the vaginal passageway to the ovaries, lodging in the tissue and potentially causing inflammation or even cancerous tumors. Scientific studies in the 1970s and 1980s officially linked talc-based powders with ovarian cancer. Over the years, various other studies have been conducted linking talc and talc products to cancer.
Sadly, for users of the products, Johnson & Johnson, which was aware of these studies, ultimately considered them “inconclusive.” The company continued marketing its products to women for personal hygiene use. Unfortunately, for years, it still refused to put any form of warning or information about the potential dangers on its product labels. This means that unsuspecting consumers continued using the product over many years, increasing their risk for ovarian and other cancers. In 2020, facing dropping sales and thousands of lawsuits, the company stopped selling baby powder in the United States and Canada. It has since set aside billions of dollars to pay out lawsuits against it.
What Kinds of Cancer Does Talcum Powder Cause?
In addition to ovarian cancer, a study has linked talcum powder to uterine cancer in women who are past menopause, according to the American Cancer Society website. Lawsuits have also alleged connections between talcum powder and cervical cancer, as well as mesothelioma, a form of cancer of the tissues surrounding the organs, most often the lungs. Mesothelioma is widely known to be caused by asbestos exposure.
Why File a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit
If you’ve used a talc product long-term and have ovarian cancer symptoms, or symptoms of cervical or uterine cancer, it’s most important to seek medical treatment. After seeking medical help, if you get a positive diagnosis, it may be in your interests to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or another manufacturer. While Johnson & Johnson has the most cases filed against it, other companies that have been named in talc lawsuits include Colgate-Palmolive, Imerys Talc America, and Vanderbilt Minerals.
We know that everyone is different, and we can’t tell you that a lawsuit is the right step for you or even guarantee that you’ll win, but a successful suit could help you pay for the financial impacts of your illness. And if you are considering a suit, it’s to your advantage to act as quickly as possible to have your case evaluated and begin the legal process.
It is ultimately a company’s responsibility to ensure that the products they make and sell are safe to use. When it’s discovered that a product poses a potential health risk, companies should warn consumers. If they fail to do that, as in the case of Johnson & Johnson, they can be held liable when people are harmed. An investigation by Reuters shows that for at least 30 years, executives and scientists at Johnson & Johnson knew their talc products sometimes tested positive for asbestos, but didn’t disclose it to consumers. When a company that is worth billions of dollars puts its profits before people’s lives, it should face the consequences. Learn whether you may have a case for compensation by contacting our law firm today.
Our Talcum Powder and Cancer Attorney Doesn’t Back Down in Helping the Injured
When our attorneys take on product injury cases, we take them on to win. If there is strong evidence that your ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer was caused by a talcum powder product, you can rely on our hardworking team to aggressively stand up for your right to compensation. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to talc or talc products, we can help you, too. Our attorneys will fight hard to try to get you a fair settlement or award to pay the current and future bills related to your illness. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to arrange a free consultation.
Symptoms of Cancers Related to Talc Use
The following sections show common symptoms as described by the Mayo Clinic for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers as well as mesothelioma. It should be noted that the symptoms listed here can be due to other things, so always see a doctor for a correct diagnosis if you have used talcum powder and are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
Abdominal bloating or swelling
Discomfort in the pelvic area
Quickly feeling full while eating
Constipation or other changes in bowel habits
Uterine (or Endometrial) Cancer Symptoms
Abnormal vaginal bleeding including after menopause and between periods
Cervical Cancer Symptoms
Vaginal bleeding after menopause, between periods, or after sexual intercourse
Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse
Watery or bloody vaginal discharge, possibly with a bad odor
Shortness of breath
Lumps under the skin on chest
Abdominal pain and swelling
If you are diagnosed with one of these cancers and have been exposed to talc, reach out to our law firm. We can explain the process for filing a talcum powder cancer lawsuit and what to expect.
How Much Compensation Could I Get in a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
How much money you might get depends on your individual damages. Things that can influence your lawsuit’s value include the severity of your illness, the type of treatment you require, and your chances of recovery. Whether you are able to work and perform the basic tasks of daily life can affect how much you may get.
Product liability lawsuits are based on damages. Typical damages that are often asked for in these types of cases include:
Payment of medical bills related to the ovarian, uterine, cervical, or other cancer caused by talcum powder
Reimbursement for lost wages when you can’t go to work while undergoing treatment
Compensation for future lost income if you are too ill to continue working in the future
Money for the physical pain and mental anguish the cancer has caused you
Punitive damages if it is found that the product maker was grossly negligent.
If your family member has died from cancer caused by talc products and you are an eligible survivor, you may be able to get compensation for their loss in a wrongful death lawsuit. In Texas, eligible survivors include spouses, children, and parents.
When we speak with you and learn all the details of your case, we will let you know if we think you have a viable claim. Reach out today for a free case evaluation by calling (713) 973-8888.
Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
Talcum powder lawsuits are legitimate. While Johnson & Johnson denies that its talc products cause cancer, numerous juries have decided otherwise. In 2018, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion to 22 people in a single case. In 2017, a Los Angeles court awarded $417 million to a woman who died from ovarian cancer just one month after the trial ended. Other jury verdicts have reached into the hundreds of millions and tens of millions of dollars. There have also been settlements for undisclosed amounts outside of the courtroom between Johnson & Johnson and people who have become ill from its talc products.
If you’ve used talcum powder regularly over a period of several years and have been diagnosed by a doctor with ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, or mesothelioma, you may qualify for a lawsuit against the product manufacturer. A talcum powder and cancer lawyer at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can evaluate all the facts of your case to help you determine if you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 to schedule a free consultation.
Our product injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. You don’t pay us unless we get you compensation through a settlement or jury award. If we don’t get you anything, you don’t owe us anything. However, when we take on a case, it’s because we believe in the strength of the evidence and we fully expect to win it. When we win your case, you pay us a previously agreed upon percentage from the award or settlement. If you believe you were a victim of a dangerous talc product, contact us to learn our talcum powder lawsuit criteria. Call us at (713) 973-8888 to arrange a free case evaluation.
There isn’t a simple answer to this question. How long it can take to get compensation in cases of this type depends upon a wide variety of factors. When settlements can be reached with product manufacturers, it typically takes less time to get compensation than it does when cases go to trial. Johnson & Johnson has offered settlements in some talcum powder cases while others have been resolved at trial.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes that the link between talc in baby powder and cancer is inconclusive. It has been doing testing on talc-based cosmetic products to determine if asbestos is present. Its initial testing showed that 43 samples tested were negative for asbestos while nine were positive. Testing is ongoing. However, cosmetic products, including baby powder, don’t have to be reviewed or approved by the FDA before going on the market. Also, the law doesn’t force cosmetic companies to provide safety information to the FDA.
Reach Out Today to a Talcum Powder and Cancer Attorney
Our Law Firm Has a Track Record of Success in Product Injury Cases
If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer or another cancer you believe is from the long-term use of talcum powder, reach out to our law firm today. We may be able to get you significant compensation that can pay for medical bills and other costs of your illness. Once an experienced and compassionate attorney at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law reviews your case, we’ll advise you about your options for moving forward with a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or another product manufacturer.
Call us now at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We take pride in standing up for people who have been harmed by the negligent actions of large corporations. If a product manufacturer harmed you, we will stand up for your rights.
Attorney Terry Bryant
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, setting him apart from many other injury attorneys. The 22 years he spent as a Municipal Judge, Spring Valley Village, TX also provides him keen insight into the Texas court system. That experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how they might resolve. This unique insight benefits his clients. [ Attorney Bio ]
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