Talcum baby powder has been reported to increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer when used in personal hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control reported that more than 19,000 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010 alone.
Our legal team at Cory Watson Attorneys have decades of experience litigating defective product claims like those raised in cases of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. We believe consumers have a right to know the risks associated with talc-based powders, and we want to help those who have been injured by corporations’ negligence. Contact us today to get the help you deserve – call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free consultation form.
Talc and Ovarian Cancer
Baby powder is a common product used in personal hygiene. Talc-based powders wick away sweat and prevent rashes. Because talc doesn’t break down in the body, a woman’s risk of developing cancer could increase if the powder particles travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes and settle in the ovaries.
Based on current research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the genital use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Jury Awards Back-to-Back Multimillion-Dollar Talc Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdicts
A Missouri jury has awarded the family of an ovarian cancer victim $72 million in damages in a lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder. Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company knew the talcum powder in their products was potentially dangerous.
The jury award included $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages to the estate of Ms. Fox, who died of ovarian cancer in 2013 at age 62.
Less than three months later, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay its second consecutive multimillion-dollar verdict, this time for $55 million.
A Missouri jury awarded the verdict to Gloria Ristesund, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after decades of using Johnson & Johnson talc-based products for feminine hygiene. While her cancer is now in remission, she had to undergo treatment which included a hysterectomy and other surgeries. Ms. Ristesund’s award included $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
There are more than 1,200 similar talcum powder lawsuits pending in courts around the U.S.
Protecting Your Rights
We know that struggling with a cancer diagnosis can be difficult, and when it’s caused by the negligence of a large corporation, you deserve to be adequately compensated for the injustice that was done to you. Cory Watson Attorneys is prepared to fight for the maximum amount of compensation available to you or your loved ones. Contact us today for a free initial consultation – call (877) 562-0000 or fill out a free consultation form online.
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