Talc is a common additive in popular cosmetics and other household products. Although it’s been used for decades, it’s recently been under the spotlight for its links mesothelioma and other life-altering diseases, including ovarian cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, and you are a regular user of talc powder-based products, please contact the compassionate personal injury lawyers at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC to explore your legal options for compensation.
Talc is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of magnesium silicate and is commonly used as talcum powder – the main ingredient of consumer baby powder. The use of talc is popular among parents due to its softness, lubrication, and moisture-absorbing properties. Talc has been known to help and avoid diaper rashes, chafing, and even an alternative to dry-shampoo.
Although it is most commonly found in baby powders, it can also be found as an additive in other products such as latex gloves to prevent sticking and promote proper fit.
There have been recent risks suggested due to heavy use of talcum-powder-based products such as baby powder. The two most serious risks involve different forms of cancer: ovarian cancer & mesothelioma.
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To date, there have been multiple lawsuits alleging the link between talc powder and cancer. In California, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $21.9 million in compensatory damages to a 68-year-old woman who claimed that she developed mesothelioma due to decades of baby powder use.
While the suit doesn’t indicate Johnson & Johnson directly caused the illness among plaintiffs, it was a product liability trial illustrating that the company failed to adequately warn consumers of potential risks associated with the product.
Federal labeling regulations require all companies, including Johnson & Johnson, to notify its consumers of any and all potential risks involved in using a product. Any company in the United States that fails to properly do so is subject to a product liability lawsuit.
Most of the early symptoms of mesothelioma can replicate those caused by other conditions, so it is not uncommon for people to initially ignore or mistake them for common, minor illness’. Many individuals who have mesothelioma have symptoms for months before being properly diagnosed.
If you’ve contracted mesothelioma and have a history of heavy talc powder use, contact the experienced attorneys of Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC immediately for a free case evaluation. We understand that this may be an exceedingly tough time, so we work hard to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible. We have the knowledge to build a strong, the skills to argue our case, and the experience to take on even the largest corporations with composure. Located in Louisville, our skilled lawyers serve all residents in the city and all throughout Kentucky.