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Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Who Qualifies for a Talcum Lawsuit Claim?

If you used a talcum powder product and have developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, you would be eligible to file a claim against the talcum powder manufacturer you frequently used.

Talcum Powder

Talc is a mineral consisting of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen.  It naturally occurs in the Earth and is known for its absorbing properties.  Talc has been used in a variety of household products such as blush, baby powder, and talcum powder, which was largely used on women’s genitalia for hygiene purposes.  Other uses for talcum powder are in children’s toys like finger paints, clay, and crayons.  The danger with talc is that talc alone is fine, but where talc deposits occur in the Earth tend to occur beside asbestos deposits.  Without companies adequately testing their products, they could be exposing the public to asbestos when meaning to provide a product containing talc.

This is what happened in the case of talcum powder.  Famously, Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, which had been on the market since 1894, was revealed to have contained asbestos in it.  What’s worse is that Johnson & Johnson had reportedly known about it since 1971 and hid this from the public.

50 women in St. Louis who had all regularly used baby powder on their genitals and developed ovarian cancer, filed a class action lawsuit against J&J in 2017.  Since then, more lawsuits have followed concerning consumers getting ovarian cancer and mesothelioma from continued use of the product.  Settlements have been worth millions of dollars.  In May of 2020, J&J announced that they would stop selling their baby powder in the U.S. and Canada and would sell only a version made with cornstarch in these markets.  They have since set aside $3.9 billion for these cases.

Additional talcum powder products with a history of litigation include:

  • Shower to Shower
  • Gold Bond No Mess Power Spray
  • Gold Bond Body Powder
  • Gold Bond Extra Strength Body Powder

History

Since the 1960s, there has been an association with using talc on or near genitalia and the development of ovarian cancer.  Studies have not proven that talc itself causes cancer, but talc, when mined from the Earth, can also contain asbestos.  Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral too, but is known for its toxicity to humans.  Asbestos used to commonly be used as an insulator for homes until the health effects became clear.  This happened in the 1970s.

When asbestos fibers come into contact with the body, they do not leave.  Asbestos fibers are linked to inflammation, scarring, and various types of cancers including lung cancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer (in the throat), and a rare cancer called mesothelioma (cancer of lung, stomach, heart, and other organ’s tissue).

From the 1970s on, asbestos use has been limited, but it is not entirely banned.  Car parts, flooring and roofing tiles, stoves, dryers, coffee pots, crayons, and children’s makeup products are likely products that still contain asbestos.

How We Can Help

At Mansorian Law Group, our experienced attorneys have many years of experience litigating cases dealing with Products Liability and medical conditions.  Since talcum powder cases involve both of these aspects of the law, we are familiar with how to support you through this trying time in your life.  If you have been experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms associated with talcum powder there are enough things on your plate as is.  With our assistance, you can focus on your personal recovery and leave your financial recovery to us.

Personal Injury cases can be complicated and there are often several people involved, from the different healthcare providers you see, to insurance providers for you and the other side, to outside companies hired by health insurance companies who are seeking payments from you.  This is confusing to navigate, but with our experience, we understand how to do this.  We take the time to individualize the treatment in your case, which helps you net more money at the end of this process.

Additionally, we understand how this type of case functions.  We have had success in the past with representing clients with talcum powder claims and getting them as much money back as possible in their cases.  We understand the medical implications of talcum powder, the current medical literature on the subject, and how to represent this in a settlement or lawsuit so that you may collect as much as possible.

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