Earlier this month, a St. Louis jury awarded a woman over $70 million in a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. According to one national news source covering the case, the plaintiff relied on several studies that have linked the long-term use of talcum powder, especially in the genital area, to ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson denies any claims that its baby powder is unsafe and told reporters that the company plans to appeal the case to a higher court.
This case is not the first that was filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that its baby powder caused cancer, and it certainly will not be the last. In fact, there have been over 2,000 women who have filed product liability cases against Johnson & Johnson since evidence linking baby powder to cancer surfaced. Not all cases have made it through the trial process, but of those that have, several have resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs.
The American Cancer Association explains on its website that “studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results, although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk.” It is unclear if there is a link between talcum powder and other forms of cancer. In some cases, judges have dismissed plaintiffs’ cases against the manufacturers and marketers of talcum powder, explaining that the evidence linking the powder to cancer is tenuous. However, as time goes on, it seems the link between the two is becoming more and more substantiated.
Moll Law Group Helps Clients Injured By Dangerous Products
Moll Law Group is dedicated to helping its clients assert their legal rights to recovery after they have been injured by the use of dangerous products. Manufacturers of products have a duty to the public to ensure that their products are safe for their intended uses. If a product causes a serious injury, death, or disease, the manufacturer may be held financially liable. In fact, the way that Illinois laws are applied, an injured plaintiff may not even need to show that the manufacturer was negligent in the manufacture of a product. It may be enough to prove that the plaintiff used the product and that the product caused their injury.
Have You Used Baby Powder and Now Suffer from Ovarian Cancer?
At Moll Law Group, we understand the nuances of product liability law because we have brought many cases against the manufacturers of dangerous products. We also understand how the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be difficult for plaintiffs, who are often still recovering from their injuries. That is why we do everything we can to ensure that our clients are burdened as little as possible throughout the process, all while aggressively seeking the compensation they deserve. Call 312-462-1700 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated talcum powder attorney at Moll Law Group.
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