Talcum powder lawsuits claim that the manufacturers of talcum powder products (such as Johnson & Johnson) failed to warn the users of these products that the products carry a danger of causing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
The talcum powder lawsuits claim that the manufacturers of talcum powder products have known for decades about the potential for talc to get inside the body and cause ovarian cancer. The lawsuits claim that the talc can go inside the vagina and get lodged in the ovaries, causing inflammation and eventually genetic damage to the cells. Alternative hygiene products, such as corn starch, do not carry this risk. The plaintiffs in the talcum powder lawsuits have claimed that the manufacturers deliberately withheld their knowledge of the ovarian cancer risk so that women would continue to purchase the products. The plaintiffs claim that if they had been told about the risk, they would not have used talcum powder for genital hygiene.
Talcum powder is made from talc, a naturally-occurring mineral that is mined out of the ground. According to some of the Talcum powder lawsuits, the talc mined this way if frequently contaminated with dangerous levels of asbestos, another naturally-occurring fiber found near talc. Asbestos is a hazardous material that, when breathed in, can become permanently trapped in the body. The asbestos trapped in the lungs can cause several different cancers and diseases, including the rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. The plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits have claimed that the manufacturers have known for decades about the asbestos contamination in talc, and that the asbestos in the talc has caused their mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one suffer from ovarian cancer or mesothelioma that you believe may be a result of talcum powder, the attorneys at Linville Law Group can help. Call us today for a free consultation.