NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been a regular part of personal hygiene for women over the last half century or more.
The product was used to dust their private parts sprinkled them on undergarments and sanitary pads to keep the area cool and comfortable.
In many cases, parents began using baby powder on their infants and it became a regular habit throughout childhood, into adolescence, and adulthood.
Can Johnson’s Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
The main ingredient in Johnson’s Baby Powder is talcum powder.
The powder is developed from magnesium silicate and some talc contains asbestos, a hazardous contaminant. It is used in a wide range of cosmetic products because it absorbs moisture and reduces friction
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its major goal is to identify causes of cancer. The agency classifies talc containing asbestos as cancer causing to human beings. Based upon the evidence from scientists studying the link between talcum powder to ovarian cancer, the IARC classifies the use of talcum powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
In June 2013, Cancer Prevention Research published a study that found women who used talcum powder for personal hygiene had a 20-30 percent greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than women who did not use talcum powder. Since the study was published, additional studies have noted similar results.
Can Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?
There are specific criteria used to determine if the use of baby powder caused cancer in a particular woman.
These are the factors used by lawyers to determine if a lawsuit can be filed against Johnson & Johnson (Johnson’s Baby Powder) and Valeant Pharmaceutical International, Inc. (Shower to Shower).
The main factors for filing a lawsuit are:
- There must be a diagnosis of an ovarian-type cancer or fallopian tube cancer.
- The use of talcum powder (baby powder or Shower to Shower body powder) must have been a daily habit for a minimum of five years. Family members can testify about the daily use of baby powder if the woman died from an ovarian-type cancer. You do not need receipts to prove the product was purchased.
- The woman must have used Johnson & Johnson baby powder (talcum powder) or Shower to Shower body powder, manufactured by Valeant Pharmaceutical International, Inc.
- The woman must have routinely dusted her genital area with the talcum powder. Family members can testify regarding this daily habit and routine.
- There must be positive biopsy showing evidence of talcum powder. The biopsy results will be in the medical records. Our legal team will review the records for this information.
- The woman must not have a genetic disorder pre-disposing her to ovarian cancer, like the BRCA 1 gene or BRCA 2 gene. Most cancer patients, or their families, will know if the woman had this type of genetic disorder. This information will also be contained in the medical records.
Have there been Baby Powder Cancer Verdicts or Settlements?
There have not been any settlements paid yet to women or their families. However, several cases have gone to jury trials with winning verdicts for the victims.
In February 2016, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman. The jury determined the evidence proved the woman died from ovarian cancer caused by her use of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades. The verdict was reportedly the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims.
A few months later, a jury in another case found Johnson & Johnson liable for causing ovarian cancer in another woman. The jury ordered the company to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed the talcum powder in the product caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
In June, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, a jury awarded a woman a $13 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson at the end of the trial. That trial was for lung cancer caused by talc contained in baby powder, but the jury determined that the baby powder maker was negligent for making and selling the product without properly warning the public of the health hazards of the product.
Who Can File A Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit?
Baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits can be filed by women diagnosed with the condition or family members of women who died from the disease. The factors mentioned above must be met to qualify for filing a lawsuit. Many families do not know all of the information in the factors, but our legal team will get the medical records and interview family members to see if they can sue the manufacturer.
What is the Compensation for a Body Powder Cancer Lawsuit?
In cases where a woman has survived ovarian cancer or is current fighting the disease, compensation from a lawsuit includes pain and suffering, psychological harm, and loss of enjoyment of life. Claims for disability, loss of income, and medical expenses are also included in the case.
In cases involving death, the surviving family members are entitled to compensation under the Wrongful Death Laws. In most states, these laws provide compensation for the loss of society and companionship of the loved one. Other claims include loss of income and financial support, medical expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.
How do I get started on a Baby Powder Lawsuit?
The first step is to contact our legal team to see if you are eligible to sue the baby powder maker. We will get the medical records, investigate the claim, and determine if you can file a talcum powder lawsuit against the baby powder companies. If you have a case, we will file your lawsuit.
What are the Lawyer Fees for Filing a Baby Powder Lawsuit?
Our attorneys do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement. We also pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it in all in writing for you.
Contact Your Baby Powder Lawsuit Lawyers Now
Our baby powder lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing baby powder lawsuit claims. If you miss a deadline, your case will be lost forever.