Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer Lawyers in Washington D.C.
For more than a century, women across the country have used talcum powders for feminine hygiene such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower Body Powder products. Unfortunately, these women may have done so without any idea that they were exposing themselves to the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Despite decades of research showing that perineal use of talc-containing powder increases a woman’s risk to develop ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson and other talc powder manufacturers have refused to add warning labels to their products, and they continue to claim that such products are completely safe.
The DC medical malpractice attorneys of The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson MD, JD & Associates are now reviewing the cases of women who have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. If you believe that you or a loved one have been affected by these products, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact us today for a free and confidential review of your case. With decades of experience as both medical malpractice attorneys and doctors, and a record that includes more than $100 million secured for clients across the U.S.A, our talcum powder cancer lawyers will know how to pursue all legal options available to you.
- Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
- Has Johnson & Johnson Been Held Liable for Talc-Related Cancer Problems?
- How Can a Washington, D.C. Talcum Powder Lawsuits Attorney Help You with Your Cancer Claim?
- What is the Statute of Limitations for a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
- Our Washington, D.C., Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Attorneys Are Here for You
Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Talc is a silicate mineral (magnesium silicate) that is found in the earth next to asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Because it absorbs moisture and reduces friction, talc has been used for more than a century in talcum powder products, including products used by women for feminine hygiene purposes. These talc powder products include:
- Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower
- Colgate Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet
- Angel of Mine’s Baby Powder
- Anti Monkey Butt Body Powder
- CVS Baby Powder
- Rite Aid Baby Powder
- Family Dollar Baby Powder.
Despite the marketing and sale of these talc-based powders to women, research going back several decades has identified an ovarian cancer risk associated with talc. Recently, in 2013, the Cancer Prevention Research Center reported a 33 to 35 percent heightened risk of developing ovarian cancer among women who used talcum powder in the genital area, while in 2016, a Harvard School of Public Health study found an “elevated risk” of ovarian cancer among women who use these products.
Nearly 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in our country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If doctors diagnose ovarian cancer early enough, doctors can effectively treat it. However, in later stages, the disease can be highly difficult to treat. The CDC reports that around 14,200 women die of ovarian cancer each year.
Has Johnson & Johnson Been Held Liable for Talc-Related Cancer Problems?
In recent years, women and their families across the country have sued Johnson & Johnson. News reports indicate that more than 13,000 plaintiffs have filed claims against the company for the company’s failure to warn about the dangers of using talcum powder. These lawsuits generally claim that women developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talc-based powder products and that the company failed to warn consumers about the ovarian cancer risk. Several of these cases have resulted in significant jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs, including:
- $72 million (February 2016)
- $55 million (May 2016)
- $70 million (October 2016)
- $110 million (May 2017)
In July 2018, a jury in St. Louis awarded the largest verdict to date, $4.7 billion, to a group of 22 women who claimed that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers despite knowing for decades about the ovarian cancer risk associated with its talcum powder products. As The Washington Post reports, the jury awarded $550 million in compensatory damages to the women as well as $4.14 billion in punitive damages. In December 2018, Johnson & Johnson lost its bid to get the verdict overturned, The New York Times reports.
More recently, in March 2019, a jury in a California court awarded more than $29 million to a woman who claimed that she suffered ovarian cancer due to being exposed to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. The NY Times reports that the verdict included $22 million for the woman’s pain and suffering, $5 million for her family members, and roughly $2.5 million for her medical costs and lost income.
UPDATE : Johnson & Johnson announced that its subsidiary, LTL Management LLC, has re-filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to resolve all claims from the lawsuits pending against it. They have planned to contribute up to $8.9 billion over 25 years to resolve all current and future claims. According to an ABC news article on the settlement, the company said the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
How Can a Washington, D.C. Talcum Powder Lawsuits Attorney Help You with Your Cancer Claim?
The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson MD, JD & Associates focuses on representing clients in cases involving complex medical issues. The attorneys at our law firm are also doctors, and they bring a unique combination of medical and legal knowledge to the clients we serve. Through the years, we have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of clients in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and across the U.S.A.
If you believe that you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower products or talcum powder products produced by other companies, we can help you by:
- Conducting an in-depth investigation of your case and assessing all of your legal options in a timely, free and confidential consultation
- Carefully calculating your damages, including your medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, emotional distress, and the impact on your family.
- Aggressively pursuing full and fair compensation for you by handling all litigation and settlement negotiations on your behalf
- Charging you no costs or fees unless we secure compensation for you.
Talc ovarian cancer lawsuits are being litigated in state and federal courts across the country and involve thousands of plaintiffs. However, we will always focus on your individual rights and interests and give you the personalized attention and service that you deserve.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
3 years is the statute of limitations for a Washington DC personal injury lawsuit. As with many personal injury lawsuits, the clock starts ticking from the day you are injured or discover you are injured. Once the clock starts, you need to be sure to have your lawsuit filed before the 3-year time limit expires.
Our Washington, D.C., Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Attorneys Are Here for You
The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson MD, JD & Associates is now reviewing talcum powder ovarian cancer cases. We work with clients in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. Led by Dr. Michael M. Wilson, a leading medical malpractice attorney, and physician, our firm is uniquely qualified to handle cases of this nature. We have stood up for the rights of the injured for more than 30 years by filing talcum powder cancer lawsuits, and we are ready to put our experience and resources to work for you. Call or reach us online today for a free and confidential consultation about your talcum powder class action lawsuit.