Talc Powder Cases
Talc powder users are claiming that baby powder manufacturers knew about the presence of asbestos in products containing talcum powder. Plaintiffs are suing claiming that this has caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, and they failed to warn consumers of the risk.
What is basis of the Talc Powder Claim?
Both talc and asbestos are naturally-occuring minerals that are mined. Talc is a mineral mainly consisting of the elements magnesium, silicon and oxygen. Talcum powder is made from talc. It absorbs moisture and helps cut down on friction. While talc is used in a number of cosmetic products, including baby powder, makeup and more, asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been linked to serious health issues.
The presence of the asbestos and its link to cancer has caused numerous people to file products liability cases against manufacturers, like Johnson & Johnson. Some claims allege Johnson & Johnson was aware that their talc powder contained asbestos for decades. Plaintiffs also claim industrial or cosmetic talc exposure contributed to the development of mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos.
There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos. The cancer caused by asbestos can surface years after the products use. Obviously, most people would not use a product if they knew it contained asbestos. Thus, the failure to label talc products with a health warning is a plaintiff’s claim. Additionally, plaintiffs argue that manufacturers have not done enough to insure that their talc products free from asbestos.
Talc Powder and Types of Cancer
The basis of most argument is that talc is linked to the development of ovarian cancer due to asbestos contamination. Plaintiffs contend that their use of those talc-based body powders for feminine hygiene purposes has caused their ovarian cancer. However, other lawsuits claimto have links to other types of cancer in the genital and reproductive area. Some cases argue the inhalation of talcum powder resulted in their development of mesothelioma and lung disease.
In ovarian cancer lawsuits, women must have used talc-containing products around the general cancer area almost daily, usually for four or more years, before developing ovarian cancer. However, a number of lawsuits also argue that, with or without asbestos contamination, talc exposure poses significant health risks and can still lead to the disease.
People who used talc-containing products developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma may be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit. Manufacturers are now faced with thousands of talc lawsuits. Some of the manufacturers in suits include but are not limited to Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson’s Baby Powder, Gold Bond Body Powder, and Old Spice powder.
Recent settlements and jury verdicts have awarded billions of dollars to plaintiffs. In the case of products liability lawsuits, each case is normally decided individually. However, there are claims have also been consolidated into multi-district litigation claims. The facts of each individual case will determine the outcome of a lawsuit whether verdict or settlement.
Although no amount of money can make up for a life changing cancer. The fact is that these talc products are dangerous and allowed to be consumed by innocent victims. The Law Office of Gerald R. Stahl will fight for the victims of the Talc Powder causing cancer