If you believe there is a link between your cancer and your talcum powder use, Zanes Law will review your case for free. You may be eligible to take legal action, including filing a talcum powder lawsuit. The lawsuits in the pending mass tort against powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson allege that these powders caused cancer in one of two ways:
- Exposure to asbestos-containing talc; or
- Using talcum powder for feminine hygiene reasons.
If we can show either of these may be true in your case, you may be eligible to join them in the case against Johnson & Johnson and its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products, among others.
Does My Case Qualify for a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
When it comes to lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, there are a few requirements your case must meet. In order to qualify for a lawsuit of this type, your case must meet the following criteria:
- You must have used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder in the same area for at least four years or more.
- You must have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or endometriosis
- If you meet the second requirement, this diagnosis must have been in 2009 or later
- Talcum powder must have been used before menopause
If these four criteria are met, you are able to move forward with filing a lawsuit. And to do so, you must have an experienced legal team behind you. Below, we will outline the steps you must follow when filing a talcum powder lawsuit.
How Will My Talcum Powder Lawsuit Work?
Talcum powder lawsuits are complex lawsuits that must be proven to the best of your and your legal team’s ability. Together we will gather all the necessary documents and proof for your case. By doing so, we will collect cancer diagnoses, proof of cause, and other medical bills or losses you have sustained.
We will continue to investigate your case in order to prove liability. Once this is done, your case can easily move forward. Damages will need to be calculated once a fault is proven. Calculating damages will be one of the most important aspects of your cases because when establishing losses, compensation amounts can be determined.
What Damages Can I Claim in a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
In cases such as these, there are various forms of damages that can be compensated for. Generally, there are two main types of damage. These two types include:
- Economic damages: Also known as compensatory damages, these types of damages are the things you have lost with a monetary value attached to them. For example, lost income, major lifestyle changes that have a price tag, or any medical expenses can fall under this category.
- Non-economic damages: Opposite to the damages listed above, these types of damages are things that don’t have a monetary value. Some of these damages include pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.
Once all these damages are calculated, it will be easy for your law team to speak with insurance companies and the at-fault party, to reach a settlement amount. No settlement amounts are the same when it comes to cases like these, because each person’s losses are different.
Your calculated losses will be negotiated with the liable parties’ insurance companies, and either be approved or denied. Even if more negotiation occurs, a case will only be settled if both parties agree to the terms. If no settlement amount is reached, your case can go to court.
You May Be Able to Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim Related to Your Loved One’s Cancer
In some cases, the news of this link between these products and cancer may come too late for your family. If your mother, grandmother, or other loved one had ovarian cancer or another talc-related cancer and passed away, you may be eligible to pursue a payout based on your losses by filing a wrongful death suit.
We understand that no amount of money will bring your loved one back or fill the hole their loss left in your life. However, holding the company responsible and having the money to cover your related expenses and losses can help you begin to heal.
Most of the Pending Lawsuits Center on Ovarian Cancer
Many women used talcum powder for years to help them remain dry and fresh. They would apply the powder to their underwear, sanitary pads, and directly to their genitals. While the lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson knew this was risky behavior, it denied any problems with its products—and still does.
Some of these women who trusted Johnson & Johnson to provide a safe, effective product for decades now face ovarian or cervical cancer. Numerous studies and anecdotal evidence of thousands of women also point to a possible link. The evidence is strong enough that there have been multiple large payouts in this type of case dating back to 2016.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used talc-based powders on your genitals, you may be able to file a talcum powder lawsuit related to your diagnosis.
Talcum Powder May Also Increase Your Risk of Mesothelioma and Other Lung Cancers
Not all the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other product manufacturers center on women with cervical or ovarian cancer. Some of them stem from other uses of these powdered products that may have led to inhaling the talc.
Talc is a natural mineral that must be mined. In many areas where there is talc, asbestos is also common. This is the same dangerous mineral formerly used for insulation but is now known to cause serious health concerns such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
If you regularly used baby powder or got exposed to talcum powder in some other way and now face asbestos-related cancer, you may be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit or join the mass tort already in progress.
Take Action Today: File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit
The multi-district litigation related to these talcum powder suits is already underway. You may be able to join this mass tort or pursue justice in another way. It is imperative that you act quickly, though. Each state has its own laws and deadlines, so we need to review your case as soon as possible to ensure you do not run out of time.
Zanes Law can help you and your family weigh your legal options and decide if filing a talcum powder lawsuit is the right option for you. Contact us today to get started. Our initial consultations are always free, and we handle these cases with no out-of-pocket cost to your family.