Talcum Powder

Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit

Talcum powder is the primary ingredient in Baby Powder, a staple product of the American household.

Despite decades of claims that the product was both safe and effective, studies have shown that talcum powder and talc-based Baby Powder can put users at risk of life-threatening illnesses, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one habitually used baby powder and subsequently developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, you may be eligible to participate in a talcum powder lawsuit.

Contact an experienced talcum powder lawyer from TorHoerman Law to determine whether you qualify for a Baby Powder lawsuit.

Frequently Asked Questions

A talc powder lawsuit can take anywhere between around 1 year to 10+ years to settle.

The time commitment for a talc lawsuit varies greatly from case-to-case.

Every state has a statute of limitations greater than one year, but the statute of limitations varies by state.

Contact a talc powder cancer lawyer for a free case evaluation to find out whether you meet the statute of limitations.

If you previously or currently use talc powder-based products and have been subsequently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Fallopian tube cancer, or other forms of cancer, you may be eligible to participate in a talc powder lawsuit.

Yes.

Baby powder’s primary ingredient is talcum powder, a substance that has been linked to a number of adverse health effects including cancer.

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What is Talcum Powder?

Talc is the common ingredient in the soft, sweet-smelling powder products used on babies' bottoms and by women in an effort to keep their skin dry and avoid rashes.

Talcum powder is made from talc, a combination of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen.

Links have been made between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, which has led to thousands of talcum powder lawsuit cases.

Some powders absorb moisture better than others.

One of the most absorbent and widely used is talcum powder, a substance made from grinding up the clay mineral, talc.

Talcum powder is a popular ingredient used in baby powder for preventing diaper rash.

Talcum powder particles are so small and lightweight that many people inhale the powder unknowingly.

It then gets stuck in the body, damaging the lungs and other organs over time.

Lawyers and medical professionals are currently investigating talcum powder for causing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

If you’ve suffered an injury from using a talc product, you can benefit from filing a talcum powder lawsuit.

What is Talcum Powder Used For?

People have used talcum powder around the world for centuries.

It is not exclusive to any industry or brand.

Talcum powder is most suitable as a drying agent, and some users even treat it as an offhand tool by washing their hair with it or keeping surfaces dry.

Nowadays, the airy mineral is used most often in the following products:

  • Baby powder
  • Chalk
  • Makeup, such as blush, foundation, and eye shadow
  • Paints and glazes
  • Soap
  • Condoms
  • Drug capsules
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste

Baby Powder Containing Talcum Powder

If you look at talcum powder on its own, it looks just like baby powder.

That’s because it is the main ingredient in many baby powders along with cornstarch.

In fact, the physical properties of talcum powder make it an alternative to brand name baby powder on its own.

The most famous talcum baby powder is made by Johnson & Johnson, a product they’ve sold for over 100 years.

It’s intended for babies but is popular for all ages.

Controversy has surrounded Johnson & Johnson baby powder after thousands of its users have claimed that the powder caused them to develop adverse health effects such as cancer and mesothelioma.

Researchers believe these injuries to be caused by the talcum powder.

Talc companies will market the mineral as “pure” or “organic” but fail to ensure the quality of their product.

As a result, some talcum powder contains harmful impurities, namely asbestos, a known carcinogen.

Inhalation of asbestos can damage the lungs over time and lead to fatal complications.

If you’ve noticed a change in your respiratory health after using baby powder, call a talcum powder lawyer soon.

Talcum Powder Side Effects

The side effects of talcum powder include:

  • Irritation of the skin or throat
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions

Most side effects are more common in infants than in adults.

While these symptoms are mild, they may be indicative of a more serious illness, especially respiratory symptoms.

It’s recommended you contact a doctor and a talcum powder lawyer if you start to experience talc side effects.

Talcum Powder Injuries & Risks

Using baby powder and other products containing talcum powder puts the user at risk of developing serious injury.

Talcum powder particles are so small and mobile that they can enter the body without the person knowing.

The particles are not easily filtered, thus disrupting the body’s natural processes and damaging internal organs.

Talcum powder injuries have been the basis of thousands of lawsuits in recent years.

The primary injuries being investigated are ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Both diseases can be fatal if left untreated.

Since cancer and mesothelioma can take years to show symptoms, their link to using baby powder is not always clear.

Your doctor can perform the necessary tests to see if you’ve developed these serious illnesses.

They will also ask you certain questions to see if you’ve been exposed to talcum powder products in the past.

Other injuries being attributed to talcum baby powder are:

  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Talcosis
  • Endometrial cancer

For any injury you think was caused by using baby powder or another talc product, you may be eligible for a talcum powder lawsuit.

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is rare but has been linked to using talcum powder products on or near the vagina.

Studies suggest that women who use baby powder in this way have a 30% increased risk of acquiring ovarian cancer.

Similar to the respiration problems caused by talcum powder, the particles stay trapped in the ovaries and damage the cells until cancer forms.

Ovarian cancer symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Discomfort near the pelvis

Epithelial tumors are the most common type.

The risk of developing ovarian cancer increases with age.

If you’re currently using baby powder or another talc product on the pelvis area, consider the risks before continuing.

You may want to join the thousands of other women filing talcum powder lawsuits for ovarian cancer.

Links Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

As early as the 1970s, scientists began looking at the connection between the dusting of female genitals with talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Based on the marketing of these products for use on babies and as a feminine ritual, most people assume that such a common household item is safe to use.

It is imperative that women are warned about the risk of using talcum powder in their daily feminine hygiene routine!

Increasing evidence suggests that this staple of bathrooms and nurseries for generations may be linked to ovarian cancer.

A recent study shows that women who commonly apply talc products [to the vaginal area] have a 33% increased chance of developing cancer.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a lung condition caused by inhaling asbestos.

The main characteristic of mesothelioma is fluid buildup on the lining of the lungs.

Asbestos is used in some insulations, floor tiles, and old machinery. Sometimes, however, talcum powder contains small amounts of asbestos that go overlooked by the manufacturers.

Baby powder labels omit any warnings that the product may contain asbestos.

Mesothelioma symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble breathing

These symptoms don’t appear for decades.

Your doctor can perform x-rays, blood tests, and biopsies to test for mesothelioma.

While the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma is well-established, the controversy regarding mesothelioma and talcum powder focuses on which brands have a defective product.

If a specific brand of talcum powder has caused you or someone you know to be injured, please contact a talcum powder lawyer quickly.

If you habitually used talcum powder and subsequently developed mesothelioma, you may want to contact a mesothelioma lawyer to discuss the possibility of filing a Baby Powder mesothelioma lawsuit.

Baby Powder Cancer

Research relating asbestos-free baby powder to cancer is conflicting, but the investigation is ongoing.

Some studies suggest that baby powder increases the risk of uterine cancer.

Other studies show that talcum powder increases the risk of lung cancer but only in talc miners, not baby powder consumers.

The government has taken steps to reduce asbestos exposure since the 1970s, but they are yet to intervene with talcum powder.

The World Health Organization classifies asbestos as carcinogenic but has not ruled the same for pure talcum powder.

Nonetheless, many baby powder manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson warn buyers not to inhale the powder.

Other baby powder companies have even added warning labels for ovarian cancer.

Taking preventative measures to phase out talc is crucial because cancers become less treatable the further they progress.

Baby Powder Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Injured Consumers

Plaintiffs have filed more than 17,000 lawsuits against baby powder makers over the injuries caused by the unassuming product.

The lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew of the health risks posed by their product but continued to sell it.

Some of these injuries have cost the victims thousands in medical bills and other damages.

The process of diagnosing baby powder injuries is especially hard for patients because the connection to baby powder is not immediately obvious.

By raising awareness and giving information to a baby powder lawyer, you may be able to receive compensation along with helping the many other victims.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlements

Johnson & Johnson is the dominant seller of baby powder and is facing lawsuits from all over the country.

Since 2016, talcum powder lawsuits have resulted in some sizable settlements.

The company was hit with a $4.7 billion verdict in 2018, where 22 women sued for J&J’s baby powder causing their cancer.

It was the biggest payout yet.

Other baby powder lawsuits have raked in as much as $117 million for the plaintiff, that one being a case in April of 2018.

J&J has succumbed to legal pressure and announced on May 20, 2020, that they would stop making their well-known baby powder.

For the latest info on talcum powder settlements, visit the litigation updates area at the top and bottom of the page.

Talcum Powder Class Action Lawsuit

Most baby powder lawsuits have been individual cases, though at least four class-action lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for baby powder injuries.

Two of them were successful.

The class-action lawsuits have focused on ovarian cancer, but cases of mesothelioma and other severe injuries may still call for a lawsuit.

Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that their baby powder causes any form of cancer.

They have also avoided updating the labels on their powder to reflect these health concerns.

If you have been injured by any talcum powder brand, ask a talcum powder lawyer about your options, including a talcum powder lawsuit.

Do I Qualify to Participate in the Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or other forms of cancer subsequent to using talcum powder or talc-based baby powder, you may qualify to participate in a talcum powder lawsuit.

Contact a talcum powder lawyer from TorHoerman Law about the possibility of filing a Baby Powder lawsuit and other legal options.

At TorHoerman Law, we offer free no-obligation talcum powder case consultations for all potential clients.

Filing a Baby Powder Lawsuit

Before taking the initial steps for filing a baby powder lawsuit, you need to ensure that you mitigate injury by seeking proper medical treatment and following any orders that your doctor tells you.

After seeking proper medical attention, your next step is to familiarize yourself with the process of a civil lawsuit, so that you are aware of the steps involved in your baby powder lawsuit.

Then, you should hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you as your talcum powder lawyer.

Your talcum powder lawyer will help you to gather evidence, determine damages, establish liability and gain compensation for your talcum powder injuries.

Hiring a Talcum Powder Lawyer

Hiring a talcum powder lawyer to represent you in your baby powder lawsuit is one of the most important decisions that you will make.

You want to be sure that you hire a talcum powder lawyer who is experienced in personal injury lawsuits, toxic tort lawsuits, and product liability lawsuits.

Feel comfortable asking potential talcum powder lawyers as many questions as you see fit.

Ask about their experience, fees, and anything else you might be concerned about.

TorHoerman Law: Your Talcum Powder Lawyer

At TorHoerman Law, we have team of experienced talcum powder lawyers available to discuss your potential talcum powder lawsuit for free and with no obligation required.

TorHoerman Law works on a contingency fee basis for all talcum powder lawsuit clients - so we don't ask for payment unless our clients get compensation for their talcum powder injuries.

Contact us to learn how TorHoerman Law talcum powder lawyers can help you.

Tor Hoerman

Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law

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