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Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Talcum powder has been a household staple for many years, but concerns about the long-term use of talcum powder began in the 1970s. Talcum powder consists mostly of talc and is commonly used in baby powder, facial powder, cosmetics, and other personal care items.

Talc is so prevalently used because it helps absorb moisture and can be used to reduce chafing.

The concern over talcum-based products used to be because they contained asbestos. Talc products no longer contain asbestos, but when used in the perineal area they may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

Long-term use of talc products can cause ovarian cancer because the talc is not able to break down in the body and causes irritation that can increase the risk of getting ovarian cancer.

Common Products That Contain Talcum Powder

Some commonly used personal products that may include talcum powder includes:

  • Condoms
  • Tampons
  • Diaphragm
  • Feminine Washes
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Baby Powder
  • Body Powder
  • Vaginal Deodorants

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases

Johnson & Johnson has been a central defendant in cases about talcum powder products, because they are the leading manufacturer of talcum powder products and a variety of genital deodorant sprays, body powders, and baby powders. Reuters reported that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that it had possible cancer causing ingredients in their products.

The first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was in 2013 against Johnson & Johnson found the company liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy after attorneys argued the company was aware of the dangers of talc yet did nothing to inform consumers. This case involved Johnson and Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower Absorbent Baby Powder and a woman that had used the powder regularly for 30 years. No damages were awarded because the plaintiff was not seeking damages and turned down the settlement agreement before trial because she did not want to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Two cases with large damages awards were decided in 2016. In the first case $72 million was awarded for a wrongful death claim. Then, a few months later, a jury awarded another woman $55 million in damages. Johnson and Johnson no longer sells talc-based products in North America, but they have not said it was a result of the ongoing litigation they are facing over the talcum powders.

Who Can Bring a Talcum Powder Lawsuit in Louisiana?

Johnson & Johnson has been a trusted household name across the country. Unfortunately, that means the issues presented by talcum powder products have not spared the women of Louisiana.

An experienced personal injury attorney may be appropriate if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is someone with a history of using talc-based products or powders before the diagnosis. The most likely suit that one would bring in this case is a product liability talcum powder lawsuit for causing ovarian cancer.

Statute of Limitations in Louisiana

Every lawsuit is governed by the statute of limitations surrounding the claim. The statute of limitations, known as the “prescriptive period” in Louisiana, governs the amount of time available in which to file a lawsuit. In Louisiana, for this type of case, the prescriptive period is within one year of the date on which the injury occurs. The prescriptive period could commence at many points in a talc-related ovarian cancer case. The time period could start when you find out that there are talc fibers in your ovarian tissue, when the FDA puts a recall out on talc-based products or even when the FDA issues a warning associating talcum powder with the risk of ovarian cancer.

An attorney would be best suited to help you determine where your case begins and if the statute of limitations has run out. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of talcum-based product use, you should immediately contact an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases.  Talcum product litigation is complicated, and you need an attorney you can trust to help you navigate your case. Contact the team at the Cueria Law Firm today for a free consultation at (504) 525-5211

Identifying Ovarian Cancer

It can be difficult to identify cancer without speaking with a doctor first. Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries and remains there in the early stages. When it is confined to the ovaries, it is more likely to be treated successfully. Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms, and advanced-stage ovarian cancer is usually mistaken for another benign condition. However, it is most often detected when it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. Many symptoms will not be able to be confirmed as ovarian cancer without a biopsy of the ovary and/or the tissue surrounding the ovaries.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include: 

  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • Quickly feeling full when eating
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort in the pelvis area
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
  • A frequent need to urinate

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