The Raleigh defective product lawyers at Wilson Law, P.A. are currently investigating claims on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum-based powders on a routine basis for feminine hygiene. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and the disease claims the lives of more than 14,000 women annually.
While there has been considerable research available for decades indicating that talcum powder increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson, the leading manufacturer of talcum powder products, withheld this information from consumers since 1982. If you’ve developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
You can learn about your rights and options by speaking with the attorneys at Wilson Law, P.A. in person. Please call 919-890-0180 today to schedule a free consultation at our Raleigh personal injury office.
The Link between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder is an effective way to keep the genital area dry and comfortable, and it can help prevent the development of unpleasant vaginal odors. For this reason, it is a popular product included in the feminine hygiene regimen of many women. However, when the talc contained in this powder enters the vagina and migrates to the ovaries, it can result in an inflammation which increases the likelihood that cancer cells will begin to grow. This risk is made greater by the fact that talc can take years to break down inside your body.
There has been research documenting the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for decades. More than 20 studies have been conducted since 1971 which clearly establish this correlation. A 2008 Harvard study found that weekly use of talcum powder in the genital region increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by 33%, while daily use boosts the risk by 41%.
Defective Product Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson
Ovarian cancer victims have already won two large verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder injury cases, and the company is currently facing pending litigation in more than 1,000 other product liability cases. The first verdict against J&J came in a 2013 case. In February 2016, the second talcum powder injury case awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after regularly using J&J talcum powder products. Approximately $10 million were awarded as compensatory damages, while the remaining $62 million were for punitive damages. These cases should have a significant impact on the way future cases are evaluated.
In each of these cases, the plaintiffs argued that J&J was aware of these dangers as early as 1982, when a landmark study found that women using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene faced a 92% greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. The researchers who published the 1982 study recommended that J&J place a warning on their powder products, but the company has never taken this important step to inform consumers of the potential dangers associated with this particular use of talcum powder.
This failure to adequately warn consumers of serious health risks constitutes gross negligence and is yet another example of a company placing profits over consumer safety. It is important to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for these negligent actions.
Wilson Law, P.A. Can Help
If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products, you may be entitled to recover compensation for damages associated with your cancer diagnosis, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (in the event of death)
The attorneys at Wilson Law, P.A. have made product liability cases a primary focus of their practice. Kimberly Wilson White has more than 15 years of experience handling these cases for injured victims in the Raleigh area. In addition to being a lawyer, she has a Master’s degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) which provides her with a unique understanding of epidemiology and the medical issues associated with these complex cases. Kimberly Wilson White will fight aggressively for your rights every step of the way.
Please contact Wilson Law, P.A. using the form on this page or call 919-890-0180 today to schedule a free talcum powder injury consultation. We serve clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and throughout North Carolina.