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A talcum baby powder lawyer helps victims of cancer related to this hygiene product seek justice and compensation. Talcum powder may contribute to ovarian cancer in women who used the products regularly for years. Asbestos contamination in the powders may also have contributed to mesothelioma in some users.
How a Talcum Baby Powder Lawyer Can Help You
If you believe that your cancer diagnosis is related to the use of talcum baby powder, regardless of the brand, you could have a case. To proceed with a lawsuit, you need a good lawyer for several reasons:
- A lawyer or legal team understands the laws that govern products liability cases and can help you sort through and make sense of them.
- They also have access to the experts and witnesses you need to make a case and prove that your medical condition is related to baby powder use.
- A lawyer can help you get justice for the harm caused to you and even prevent harm to people in the future.
- You’ll have a good chance of recovering damages to help with medical and other expenses with the right lawyer on your side.
How Can Baby Powder Cause Cancer?
Baby powder is a product made using talc, a natural mineral mined and processed to make several hygiene and beauty products. There is evidence that talc can contain traces of asbestos, also a natural mineral.
Any talcum powder containing asbestos fibers could be dangerous because it is easy to inhale or ingest the powder accidentally. The asbestos fibers lodge in tissues in the lungs and cause damage that can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive type of cancer that is difficult to treat.
Regulations put in place in the 1970s are supposed to ensure that talcum powder products contain no asbestos, but studies have found that even recent samples may be contaminated.
Another cancer connection with baby powder is ovarian cancer. Many women use it on the genital area, and studies have shown that these women who use talcum powder are at a greater risk of having ovarian cancer. Some studies have even found talc particles inside ovaries and ovarian tumors.
Have Victims Won Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
Victims of mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, who used baby powder products regularly and for years, or even decades, have filed and won lawsuits against the responsible companies:
- One recent verdict came down in favor of the plaintiff, Stephen Lanzo, in New Jersey. Lanzo used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades and developed mesothelioma. His lawyer found evidence in the form of internal memos from the company from the 1960s. These proved that the company knew that asbestos could be a problem and failed to warn consumers. The jury awarded Lanzo $117 million.
- Another recent case that just finished in California also went in favor of the victim who got a diagnosis of mesothelioma after years of asbestos use. The jury awarded Joanne Anderson $21.7 million. Johnson & Johnson was found to be responsible for 67% of the award. Talc suppliers were the other defendants.
- In addition to these individual cases there are also class action lawsuits beginning against Johnson & Johnson over cases of ovarian cancer. A group of twenty-two women are just beginning their lawsuit in Missouri, while another group has just been given the go-ahead to start a class action suit in Quebec in Canada.
How to Find a Talcum Baby Powder Lawyer
If you choose to work with a lawyer to decide if and how to proceed with a case, you must select a professional with expertise in this field.
Contact your state’s bar association to find lawyers who are in good standing and have the unique experience you need. There are very specific laws and rules that need to be followed in cases like these, so don’t settle for a general practice lawyer.
As you narrow down your options, be sure to ask specific questions about experience, the kinds of cases they have taken on before, how their settlements and trials have turned out, and even for references from past clients.
You will have the greatest chance of success when you choose the best lawyer for your case to guide you through this challenging legal process. Make sure you select someone, not just with the right experience, but who seems to have your best interests in mind and with whom you feel comfortable. You have to trust this lawyer and work with them for years to come.Get Your FREE Mesothelioma Packet
Page Written by Rod De Llano, Esquire
Rod De Llano was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics, and earned a law degree from the University of Texas. After working for an international law firm for several years, Rod formed a law firm dedicated to representing persons injured by exposure to asbestos products. For over 20 years, Rod has fought for persons diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. His clients have recovered over $1 billion over the years.