Johnson & Johnson has lost their third straight talcum powder lawsuit, with a St. Louis Jury providing more than $70 million dollars to a dying woman from her ordeal. St. Louis juries have recently made Johnson & Johnson pay $72 million to the family of a deceased Alabama woman and $55 million to another talcum powder victim. These juries have found that Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder caused ovarian cancer in these users, resulting in extreme injury and death.
In this most recent talcum powder lawsuit, a jury learned that Deborah Giannecchini had used talcum powder for 40 years and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 years ago. Her medical doctors reported she currently has an 80 percent chance of death in the next three years. Evidence stated that Ms. Giannecchini has already been forced to undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for the treatment of her disease. Despite community juries ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay almost $200 million dollars in reimbursement for the damages they caused, J&J continues to withhold payment to the victims while they appeal the verdicts. (They have also chosen to keep selling their talcum powder to consumers.)
There are approximately more than 2,000 other talcum powder lawsuits currently pending in state and federal courts against Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits allege that the company knew as far back as the 1980’s of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, while failing to provide any warning to their paying users. The evidence showed that instead of adding a warning label to their product, Johnson & Johnson went to work avoiding government regulation to increase profits.
Talcum powder is made with the mineral talc. Talc can be found in deposits around the world and is crushed into a white powder for use. The cosmetic industry widely adopted the powder as a means of absorbing moisture as far back as 1894, the same year Johnson & Johnson began selling the product. While widely used in cosmetics, talc has far more use in other products like plastic and paint. Talc may contain asbestos which has been proven to cause various cancers.
Difficulty of Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer often has some warning signs, but the disease is incredibly difficult to detect until more advanced stages arrive. It is reported that less than 20% of ovarian cancers are found in their early stages. Some early symptoms may include:
- pressure, pain and bloating of the abdomen;
- difficulty when eating
- increased urination and urinary fatigue
- painful intercourse
- back pain
The general and common nature of the symptoms listed above contribute to the difficulty in early stage detection. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, bring them to your doctors attention immediately to rule out more dangerous conditions.
Finding Legal Help for Ovarian Cancer From Talcum Powder
It should come as no surprise that the makers of talc based products stand to suffer financially from more findings that talc is linked to ovarian cancer. To maintain profits and avoid responsibility, these companies provide incredibly strong legal defenses to continue operating. However, juries are mandating that consumer safety is placed ahead of corporate profit. While Johnson & Johnson continues to deny any wrongdoing, juries are taking action on evidence that Johnson and Johnson was aware of over 30 years of studies linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer and negligently marketed their product by concealing the known risks.
If you have used talcum powder for a prolonged period of time and were subsequently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your harms and losses. Our talcum powder lawyers will obtain your medical records and help determine whether your ovarian cancer was caused from using talcum powder. Call The Dixon Injury Firm today for a free legal consultation at (855) 552-2337. Call for a FREE consultation.
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