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 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 of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson and other companies have refused to add warning labels to their products, and they continue to claim that such products are completely safe.
The 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 country, we will know how to pursue all legal options available to you.
Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
Talc is a silicate mineral that is found in the earth next to asbestos, 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 products include:
- Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower
- Colgate Palmolive Cashmere Bouquet
- Angel of Mine 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 family members across the country have sued Johnson & Johnson. News reports indicate that more than 13,000 plaintiffs have filed claims against the company. These lawsuits generally claim that women developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s 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 New York 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.
How Can a Lawyer 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. Our attorneys 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 country.
If you believe that you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and 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 members
- 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.
Our Washington, D.C., Talc 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, 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 case.