Were you or a loved one recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or another form of cancer? Do you suspect that talcum powder use might have been to blame? If so, our talcum powder attorneys want to hear from you right away.
The companies that make and distribute talcum powder have likely known for more than four decades that there was a link between their product and devastating forms of cancer. Their intentional decision not to warn people that talcum powder that enters the lungs or vagina after being applied for personal hygiene could be dangerous or deadly.
Because manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, Valeant, and others chose to put the pursuit of profits over your wellbeing, the attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. want to send a strong message that consumer’s health must be considered and protected. We have the resources and experience necessary to hold these large companies accountable and secure the compensation you need and deserve.
Our firm has won over $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients and was listed as one of the top two law firms in the 2018 Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey. Call (877) 568-9745 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced talcum powder cancer attorney today.
What is talcum powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, which is a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Natural talc also contains asbestos, which is a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs.
As the American Cancer Society points out, the trade association representing the cosmetic and personal care products industry, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrances Association (CTFA), issued voluntary guidelines stating that all talc used in cosmetic products in the United States should be free from detectable amounts of asbestos.
The two cancers most commonly linked to talcum powder have been ovarian cancer and lung cancer, but other types of cancer could also be caused by frequent talcum powder use.
Some of the commonly purchased talc products used for personal hygiene include:
- Johnson’s Baby Powder
- Shower to Shower
- Rite Aid Baby Powders
- Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Boutique
- CVS Baby Powder
- Angel of Mine Baby Powder
- Family Dollar Baby Powder
Cancer-causing agents found in talcum powder
Raw talc contains asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. While cosmetic talc is often refined to remove such impurities, there is no federal oversight of these processes and it is essentially the cosmetic industry that is responsible for conducting any oversight.
Two different U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studies, one from 2009 to 2010 that examined 34 different talc cosmetic products and one of earlier powders in the 1960s and 1970s, found no evidence of asbestos.
Business Insider, however, reported that Johnson & Johnson is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after a jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women who claimed the company’s baby powder caused their cases of ovarian cancer.
Compensation through a talcum powder lawsuit
If you’ve developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or another form of cancer due to the use of talcum powder for hygiene, you have the right to hold the manufacturer accountable. Already, women just like you across the United States have been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars for the harm they’ve suffered due to these unsafe products, and you could be entitled to significant compensation yourself.
When you file a talcum powder lawsuit, you could be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills and future treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
While your attorney will seek fair compensation that takes into account the wide-ranging financial and emotional impact that your illness has had and will have on your family, a jury might also decide to award punitive damages to punish Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers for knowingly producing and distributing this product for use and causing you harm.
Statute of limitations on talcum powder lawsuits
The statute of limitations in a talcum powder case can be far more complicated than a traditional personal injury claim because most victims were not aware of the injury risks when they were using talcum powder.
Under 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 5/13-213(d), a person has two years from the date they knew or should have known of the existence of the personal injury or death to file a product liability action.
The statute of repose for these claims is eight years, meaning no claim can be brought more than eight years after the date of personal injury or death. If the victim is a minor, then the limitations period will not begin to run until that person turns 18 years of age.
How our attorneys can help with your talcum powder case
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. will immediately commence an independent investigation into your cancer diagnosis and attempt to find a link to talcum powder. We can work with medical professionals and other experts to get the evidence needed to prove your claim.
Our firm will also be able to assist you in ensuring that you are able to receive all medical care that you will require. If you are facing financial hardship because of medical expenses, we can work with hospitals and other care providers to make sure that you are able to continue receiving treatment by possibly delaying payments.
It’s our goal to make sure that the manufacturer of the product that harmed you is held fully accountable. We will seek the maximum compensation possible on your behalf, and we won’t be bullied by these large companies and their insurers into accepting an unfair settlement. Our team of knowledgeable talcum powder attorneys will not rest until justice is served.
Contact our talcum powder lawsuit lawyers now
Were you or your loved one diagnosed with cancer after using talcum powder for personal hygiene? Whether you used the product on sanitary napkins, on condoms, or inhaled it after use on the face or other areas, you could be owed compensation from the manufacturer. When companies knowingly sell dangerous products that make consumers ill, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard will stand up for the rights of those who are harmed.
The cancer attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are based in Chicago but serve clients nationwide. We can discuss your case and how we can win compensation for you as soon as you call (877) 568-9745 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.