As the news of the landmark baby powder cancer lawsuit wins hit the national new in early 2016, many more women around the country became aware that their diagnosis of ovarian cancer could possibly be linked to their use of Johnson's Baby Powder, Shower to Shower and other talcum body freshening products.
Research has linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer since the 1970s, yet the American public is just learning of the risk. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using baby powder for perineal dusting, you should consult with an attorney to see if you are eligible to file a claim.
Each case is different and we do recommend having a personal consultation. To that end, our baby powder attorneys offer free, no-obligation case reviews to anyone who believe they may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Here are some of the qualifications our baby powder cancer lawyers are looking for when determining whether a claim has legal grounds:
- Type of Cancer: Ovarian cancer comes in more than one form. Epithelial ovarian cancer has been linked to the use of baby powder by women for perineal dusting. Talc particles that enter the female reproductive system can travel to the ovaries where they may remain intact for years. Causing an inflammatory reaction, talc particles make the growth of epithelial ovarian cancer more likely. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common form of ovarian cancer. Other less common types of ovarian cancer are less likely to have been caused by talcum powder use.
- Talc Exposure: Women who have epithelial ovarian cancer may be eligible to file a talcum powder cancer claim if they have a history of using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. The most common type of exposure is thought to be the use of Johnson's Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, or another talc product for perineal dusting. Talcum powder is also sometimes used on menstrual pads, diaphragms, and condoms, so these are other potential sources of talcum powder. In general, to be considered a factor, talcum powder exposure must have occurred routinely over a significant period of time. The chance of developing ovarian cancer from baby powder increases when the duration of use (number of years) rises, and when the frequency of use increases (a woman who uses baby powder daily has a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than a woman who uses it twice a week).
- Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis: When the diagnosis took place is another factor in determining whether a talcum powder lawsuit is viable. Statues of limitations are different in each state, and may be impacted by whether the subject has died as a result of the disease. Time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit, such as a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit, range from 1 to 6 years, with the majority of the states having a statute of limitations between 2 - 4 years; however, there are exceptions based upon whether the deceased person knew the cause of their illness. Courts may be petitioned on a case by case basis to waive the statute of limitations.
For women and family members of women who meet these qualifications, it is likely you will be eligible to file a baby powder cancer lawsuit. Women who have been diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer relatively recently and have a history of using a talcum powder product routinely are among those who may be eligible for compensation.
There are many reasons you may consider when determining whether to file a claim. Most important for the future of your family is to recover damages for the medical expenses, lost income, and any other losses you have sustained as a result of the disease. No amount of money can undo the wrong that has been done to your family, but compensation can help you recover financially.
More important than that to some is the chance to hold a large corporation accountable for patient safety and dishonest business practices. Internal company memos and documents that have been revealed in talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson show the company knew of the talcum powder cancer risk and intentionally concealed it from consumers through funding a task force and actively promoting the product for daily use by women. J&J officials were aware their actions could lead to potentially fatal ovarian cancer for some customers. Many plaintiffs feel the company deserves to be punished for choosing profits over human lives, and pursue baby powder cancer lawsuits in order to achieve a small bit of justice.
Attorneys offering free, no obligation talcum powder cancer lawsuit case review are available to speak with you and your family about your circumstances. To learn more about filing a lawsuit, please fill out the simple contact form on this page or use the chat feature to speak with a representative. One of our attorneys representing women and families in national baby powder cancer lawsuits will be in contact shortly.