A Missouri jury has awarded more than $110 million in damages to a Virginia
woman who claimed that using Johnson & Johnson talc-based products
led to her developing ovarian cancer. The verdict, reached Thursday in
St. Louis, Missouri, is the largest award to date in what has become thousands
of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over talcum power products that
have been found to increase cancer risks.
According to court documents, the woman, who was diagnosed with ovarian
cancer in 2012 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy after the cancer
returned and spread to her liver, had used Johnson & Johnson brand
Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder for over 40 years. Ultimately,
the jury sided with the woman, and awarded damages against Johnson &
Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc. This award is essential to
helping the woman cover her extensive medical expenses and pain and suffering,
and sets an example to Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers that
fail to uphold their duty of ensuring the safety of their products and
adequately warn consumers about risks.
The recent lawsuit is one of over 2,400 suits filed across the country
in connection to Johnson & Johnson talc-powder products and increased
risks of ovarian cancer in women. Several studies, including some that
date back decades, have reported elevated risks of ovarian cancer associated
with talc-powder use for feminine hygiene. In fact, one study from 1971
found that genital talcum powder application resulted in a 30% increased
risk for ovarian cancer. Despite these risks, Johnson & Johnson did
not adequately warn women about the dangers of using its talcum powder products.
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our Maine personal injury attorneys are
actively investigating cases from women and families who have been affected
by Johnson & Johnson talc-products. If use of these products led to
ovarian cancer, victims may have the right to pursue monetary compensation
for their damages, including their pain and suffering, lost income, and
medical expenses. Families who have lost loved ones as a result of ovarian
cancer may also have the right to seek a recovery of their damages.
If you would like to discuss a potential case with our legal team, do not
hesitate to reach out for the experienced and compassionate representation
you need during these difficult times. Our legal team is equipped with
decades of combined experience, as well as the resources required to help
families navigate the legal process and effectively fight back against
large corporations that want to pay as little as possible. With proven
lawyers in your corner, you can put yourself in position to secure the
justice and compensation you deserve.
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