Talcum powder is widely used in consumer products to absorb moisture and keep skin dry, thus helping the user avoid blisters and rashes.
Still, dating back to the 1960s, there have been questions and studies linking talc to cancer.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to monitor talc as a dangerous substance, especially due to potential asbestos-related contamination.
At VanDerGinst Law, our lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for your rights when up against manufacturers of talc.
Please contact our office to schedule a no-cost case assessment regarding your situation.
We can explain in more detail how these cases work, but an overview of talc lawsuits may also be helpful.
Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer and Other Side Effects
The first serious side effect from the use of talc is ovarian cancer, which may be caused when the powder enters a woman’s genitals through the vagina. Some studies have revealed that using talcum in the genital area can increase the risk of formation of cancerous cells by up to 60 percent.
Though the exact mechanism is unknown, one theory is that the powder causes inflammation of the outer genitals. The pressure pushes the talc into the uterus through the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
A second health complication from talcum powder affects the respiratory system, at times leading to mesothelioma. Just like its related substance, asbestos, talc can easily become airborne during application.
In past decades, some talc products were contaminated with asbestosis. Still, studies have found that talc is so closely related to asbestosis that a person can suffer lung irritation, cancer, and other serious medical issues.
History of Talc Lawsuits
The first lawsuit claiming ovarian cancer from use of talcum powder was filed in 2013, on the grounds that the manufacturer:
- Failed to warn consumers about the potential risks of talc use;
- Neglected to properly test talcum powder to uncover its ties to ovarian cancer and relationship to asbestos;
- Committed errors in the design process by developing a product with a hazardous ingredient; and,
- Engaged in manufacturing mistakes by not removing asbestos that may have contaminated certain batches of talcum powder.
This initial lawsuit resulted in a victory for the plaintiff, and was followed by many additional claims related to ovarian cancer and respiratory disease resulting from talc.
Compensation for Victims and Surviving Family Members
Victims who suffered injuries from talcum powder may be entitled to compensation for their losses, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Plus, if a family member died because of cancer or other conditions linked to talc, you may have a lawsuit for wrongful death.
Contact a Dangerous Drugs Lawyer About Talc Lawsuits and Your Rights
If you developed cancer or other health issues that may be linked to using talc, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. These cases can be complicated, so experienced legal representation is essential.
Please contact VanDerGinst Law to set up a consultation with an attorney who can explain your legal remedies.