Talcum powder is a common product, with talc found in many baby powders and feminine products. Unfortunately, talcum powder may not be as harmless as it seems.
Medical studies reveal that women who regularly use talcum powder may have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer.
The possible link between talc and cancer has been known since at least the 1970s, although many consumers were not warned of the risks.
People have now begun to take legal action against manufacturers of talcum powder to recover compensation for the illnesses they believe the product caused. One of the first of the talcum powder lawsuits was decided in late 2013, with a South Dakota jury finding for the victim in a federal case.
Women or family members of women who have also been affected may consider pursuing their own claims for compensation for illnesses related to talcum powder. Joye Law Firm can help.
Just call Joye Law Firm now or fill out our online contact form to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. During your free claim review and consultation, we can provide answers to important questions, such as:
- Can I file a talcum powder lawsuit?
- What do I need to prove to obtain compensation for cancer caused by talcum powder?
- Should I take part in a class-action lawsuit over talcum powder illnesses?
- How can an attorney help with my talcum powder lawsuit?
About Talc-Related Illness Lawsuits
If you or a loved one developed cancer that you believe was caused by the long-term use of cosmetics or baby powder containing talc, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit. You would need to show a link between the use of the powder and the cancer that developed.
Studies that connect talc with cancer may help you to make your case, as can expert testimony from medical professionals who understand the risks of long-term powder use.
When ovarian tumors are removed, it may be possible to identify particles of talc in the tissue. This may provide strong evidence that the talcum powder was the cause of the malignancy. The tissue should be preserved after surgical removal to determine if talc particles are present.
Research has also linked talcum powder to higher rates of endometrial and lung cancer. This means anyone who has used talcum powder over the course of his or her life and who has now developed cancer should speak with an attorney about the potential to recover compensation through a legal claim.
Proving the Right to Compensation for Illness Caused by Talcum Powder
Cases brought against manufacturers that use talcum powder in their products are based on product liability laws. These laws may make manufacturers responsible for all injuries and illnesses that directly result from their products.
This may be true even in cases where the manufacturer did not specifically do anything wrong or when the manufacturer was not negligent. This is referred to as “strict liability.”
You may need to prove only that the talcum powder was the direct cause of your cancer to have a valid claim for compensation for your losses. You may also make a case based on a negligent failure to warn you of the risks associated with talc products.
Class-Action and Multidistrict Lawsuits Over Talcum Powder
Talcum powder has been sold for decades to many thousands of people throughout the United States. Because so many people used talcum powder, there is a great risk that many people will develop cancer due to this product.
When many people suffer similar harm due to a dangerous product, multidistrict litigations (MDLs) are often created. These are not class-action cases. Class actions involve only one lawsuit with all of the plaintiffs included. By joining a class action, plaintiffs lose control over the outcome of their claim.
An MDL, on the other hand, allows each plaintiff to retain control over his or her claim. All of the claims are heard before one judge, who can then rule once on pretrial issues that affect all of the cases. This speeds up the process of allowing plaintiffs to recover compensation while still retaining control and recovering funds to cover their losses.
An Attorney Can Help With Your Talcum Powder Lawsuit
At Joye Law Firm, our attorneys have helped many clients harmed by defective products. We have experience with cases brought against product manufacturers for the dangerous products they sell to the public.
To learn more about how we can help with your talcum powder lawsuit, call Joye Law Firm or contact us online today. There is no charge to discuss your claim with our lawyers and no strings attached.