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Aggressive Trial Lawyers in Hurricane Pursue Damages for Cancer Victims in Talc Cases

Seasoned West Virginia litigators hold manufacturers accountable for asbestos-tainted consumer products

For decades, women have used talcum powder on themselves and their infants. None suspected that a seemingly harmless personal care product applied to their skin could lead to cancer, and for some, death. Tragically, evidence is mounting that talcum powder can be linked to ovarian cancer in women who have used it for years. At Prim Law Firm, PLLC, in Hurricane, West Virginia, our aggressive trial attorneys take on the manufacturers that knew of this risk and hid it from consumers. If you were a regular user of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or other manufacturers’ talc-containing products and have been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has succumbed to this illness, we will fight for the compensation you deserve.

Evidence continues to mount linking talc to ovarian cancer

The link between talc products and ovarian cancer continues to grow as lawsuits against manufacturers increase. According to the American Cancer Society, scientists began to be concerned in the 1970s by talc contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. (Talc and asbestos are mined from the earth and often cross-contaminate in nature.) Currently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) takes the following position on the link between talc and cancer:

  • Talc that contains asbestos is classified as “carcinogenic to humans.”
  • Due to a lack of evidence to the contrary, talc not containing asbestos is “not classifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans.”
  • Based on limited evidence of a link to ovarian cancer, the perineal (genital) use of talc is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

Executives of Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the most popular baby powder, reportedly expressed concern in internal company memos over carcinogens in talcum powder for decades, dating back to 1971. Other allegations against J&J include a widespread cover-up of the risks of their talc products and their lobbying of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withhold findings from the public.

Federal testing and enforcement has been lacking to date. The FDA only tested a limited amount of talc products in 2010, while talcum powder has been around for more than 100 years. Further, the FDA does not test cosmetic products, such as lipstick, that often contain talcum powder. Because of lax federal regulations and enforcement, lawsuits are typically the only way to force companies to take responsibility for carelessly introducing cancer-causing products into the market.

Women are filing — and winning — lawsuits against manufacturers

Nearly 12,000 similar lawsuits are pending nationwide alleging that J&J’s talcum powder caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Juries in Missouri and California have handed up multimillion dollar verdicts, and a New York jury recently awarded $300 million in punitive damages. If you have been sickened by a talc product, our aggressive products liability attorneys can work to hold negligent manufacturers accountable and obtain the compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost income you deserve. We can also seek punitive damages to help prevent future harm by negligent companies.

Contact our West Virginia products liability attorneys for compensation in a talc-related cancer case

At Prim Law Firm, PLLC, we fight big manufacturers whose products, like talc-based powders linked to cancer, cause illness and even death. Schedule a free consultation at our Hurricane, West Virginia office by calling 304-721-4619 or contact us online.

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