Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder
For nearly four decades, Johnson & Johnson has been a leading talcum powder provider. Consumers have been using its talcum powder for years daily for multiple purposes. However, recent lawsuits, research, and product withdrawals by J&J show that the use of the product is marred with multiple harmful health conditions. On May 19, 2020, Johnson publicly announced that it will stop selling its famous talc-based Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.
The American Cancer Society reports that talcum powder contains asbestos, a known human carcinogen. It has been scientifically proven that asbestos can cause inflammation and genetic changes leading to cancer. It creates an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women. Links have also been established between mesothelioma and talcum powder as the powder gets inhaled into the lungs. Symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
- Painful cough
- Weight loss
- Lumps beneath the skin
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The chances of ovarian cancer are increased by 30-60% as a result of regular and long-term use of talcum powder in the vaginal area. Major symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Abdominal swelling
- Pain around the pelvic area
- Increased urination
- Weight loss
Liability of Johnson & Johnson
Several multi-million lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for its talcum-based products. Evidence shows that Johnson & Johnson was aware that its product contained talc and knew about its harmful health effects. Furthermore, it failed to display any warning signs or labels on its products that informed the consumers about the risks. Even worse, the company marketed its products as safe and specifically designed for children.
As a result, countless consumers of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products suffered severe health problems including cancer and mesothelioma. Thus, Johnson breached its obligations under the law to adhere to the prescribed safety standards and negatively impacted the health of its customers who trusted the brand. The brand was also negligent in marketing and selling its products to customers.
What Kind of Compensation Can Victims Claim?
Users of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products who developed the above-mentioned illnesses can recover compensation for the following:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost income and wages
- Loss of future earning
- Pain and suffering including mental stress, anxiety, and trauma
- Any kind of disability
Who May File a Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Claim?
Different groups who may have been impacted after using J&J’s talc-based products can bring a claim for compensation against the company. These include:
- Children who were exposed to the usage of J&J’s baby powder
- Adults and consumers who used J&J’s talcum and baby powder
- Miners and workers who were exposed to talc at J&J’s talc mines
Am I Entitled to File a Claim Against Johnson & Johnson for Its Talcum Powder?
Many successful claims resulting in multi-million dollar awards have already been pursued against Johnson & Johnson. In July 2018, J&J was ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women who developed ovarian cancer after using its talcum powder. Thousands of active cases of different types in various courts all around the country are still pending against the company.
If you or a loved one used J&J’s talcum powder and developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or any other associated cancer, contact our team of experienced product liability attorneys today. At Stewart & Stewart, we will help you evaluate your case and determine if you can make a compensation claim against the company for its talc products. Reach out for a no-charge consultation today.
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