More and more common household and health care products once thought to be safe are now found to be even deadly as medicine and medical research becomes more sophisticated. Talc or talcum powder is one of these products. Long thought to be so safe that it was heavily marketed for use on babies' bottoms to keep them dry in their diapers, it has been discovered that talc actually contains harmful carcinogenic ingredients like asbestos.
Talc is mined from the soil and is composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. Years ago, it was linked to asbestos.
The issue became front-page news with the $55 million verdict in May, 2016, when a South Dakota woman was found to have ovarian cancer caused by her use of talc for feminine hygiene. The largest maker of talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson, also heavily markets talc for that purpose.
Johnson & Johnson documents show that the company was aware of these health concerns in talc since the mid 1970's but nevertheless targeted women in its marketing efforts to use the product without any safety warnings.
Another 2016 case involved a 62-year-old Alabama mother who for many years used the company's talcum powder product, Shower-to-Shower, for feminine hygiene. She died of ovarian cancer last year. After deliberating three hours, the jury decided her family was to receive $10 million in actual damages and also awarded $62 million in punitive damages, meant to punish the corporation for its behavior. Plaintiffs' experts at trial explained to the jury their studies that linked talc to ovarian cancer.
When it was revealed that Johnson's No More Tears baby shampoo contained the same 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, the company agreed in 2012 to remove all probable carcinogens from all of its products by 2015.
Clifford Law Offices represents victims who have suffered adverse consequences following use of talc. If you think you have been harmed by use of a talc product, please contact the lawyers at Clifford Law Offices who can determine if you have a viable cause of action against the manufacturer or other potential defendants for your medical issues. Please complete the intake form below so we can learn more about your case and pursue all avenues of compensation.
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