Santa Barbara Talcum Powder Lawyers
Talcum powder, or baby powder, is a popular hygiene product used by women all around the world, but this everyday product has been linked to serious medical conditions. Most baby powder products are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest companies in the world, and this company has been named in thousands of lawsuits over a lack of warning labels on its product. Research has shown that long-term use of talc-based products can increase the chance that a woman will develop ovarian cancer, and recent federal investigations have revealed that Johnson & Johnson may have been aware that some products contain asbestos, a deadly chemical linked to mesothelioma.
If you or someone you love developed ovarian cancer due to asbestos contaminated talcum powder, you may be eligible for compensation and should speak to our team at NordstrandBlack PC immediately. Our Santa Barbara talcum powder attorneys can sit down with you in a free consultation, listen to how your injuries have affected your life, and explain how you can receive compensation in a product liability case. We have more than 75 years of combined experience and can use our expertise to fight for your best interests. Call NordstrandBlack PC at (805) 962-2022 today to get a free case evaluation.
Talc is a clay mineral that is used by manufacturers to create moisture-absorbing cosmetics, lubricants, and paper products. Talc can be turned into a powder that can reduce friction and keep skin dry by absorbing moisture and oils. Talc powder is found in baby powder to reduce diaper rash and other adult hygiene products, such as deodorant.
Since the 1970s, researchers have noted a strong link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Long-term use of baby powder and other talc-based products has been linked to aggressive ovarian cancer, according to research from Harvard University. Researchers found that women who applied talc-based products to their genitals over several years were 35% more likely to develop ovarian cancer when compared to women who did not use talc-based products.
Talc on its own is not a carcinogen, but it is often mined in areas that contain asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous cancer-causing mineral that was banned in the 1970s due to the high risk of causing mesothelioma and other cancers. If a mining company or manufacturer does not properly inspect a talc mine for asbestos, it is possible for manufacturers to use asbestos-laced talc in consumer products. This can lead to consumers unknowingly using asbestos-contaminated baby powder on their genitals and developing ovarian cancer.
Unfortunately, not all talc products are tested for asbestos. Cosmetic products are not legally required to undergo testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they go to market, according to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Due to this, it is unclear how many talc-based products contain dangerous carcinogens. However, in 2020, the FDA did test Johnson & Johnson branded baby powder and discovered a portion of the manufacturer’s products contained asbestos. This led to the company issuing a voluntary recall, and the FDA warned consumers of the risks of asbestos exposure.
If you or someone you love developed cancer as a result of using talcum powder, you may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for the damages you have suffered. A manufacturer as massive as Johnson & Johnson should take every step to ensure its products are safe for consumers and warn consumers of the potential risks, especially if a product is linked to cancer. Johnson & Johnson has discontinued sales of baby powder within the United States and Canada, but the company has yet to issue any warnings in other regions and has not acknowledged its negligence.
In order to be eligible for a talcum powder product liability lawsuit, you must show that:
- You developed a type of ovarian cancer or invasive fallopian tube cancer;
- You used Johnson and Johnson branded baby powder daily on your genitals for at least four years;
- You had a positive tumor biopsy test that showed evidence of talcum powder in the cancer cells; and
- You do not have a genetic disorder that makes you likely to suffer from ovarian cancer.
If you fit the above criteria, you may be able to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and you should not delay talking to an attorney. The state of California grants patients up to two years from the date of an injury to file lawsuits against negligent manufacturers. This statute of limitations may begin on the day you were diagnosed with cancer or on the date you discovered talcum powder caused your cancer to develop.
An experienced Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer at NordstrandBlack PC can go over the details of your case, review your medical records, and guide you through the process of getting compensation for your injuries. We believe our clients and their families deserve full compensation for the injuries they have suffered as a result of negligent manufacturers. Call us today at (805) 962-2022 to get a free case evaluation and learn if you are eligible for compensation.