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Boston Talcum Powder Attorney

Boston Talcum Powder Attorney

For over four decades, medical experts questioned the connection between cancer of the reproductive system in women and the use of talcum powder. Numerous studies linked talcum powder use with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. However, Johnson & Johnson continued to market its Shower to Shower and Baby Powder as safe products to use for feminine hygiene. 

Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP  has won over $30 million in compensation for clients injured by defective products. As a mass torts law firm, we have the resources, skills, and experience to handle large product liability cases. Our Boston talcum powder attorneys help victims injured by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder get the compensation they deserve. So let us put our considerable resources and skills to work for you.

Please reach out to our Boston, Massachusetts law firm online or by telephone. Consultations are always free. 

How Our Boston Product Liability Lawyers Help You with a Talcum Powder Injury Claim 

How Our Boston Product Liability Lawyers Help You with a Talcum Powder Injury Claim 

Johnson & Johnson has aggressively defended claims and lawsuits alleging that its products can cause ovarian cancer. The company continues to defend lawsuits related to Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower products. It is likely to continue denying claims of wrongdoing as it fights talcum powder lawsuits.

Our Boston personal injury lawyers are familiar with the facts and studies linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer.

In addition, our legal team has gathered information while investigating other claims, such as:

  • Evidence
  • Expert opinions
  • Research
  • Studies
  • Case summaries
  • Legal research 

Therefore, our legal team does not need to begin a case from nothing.

When you hire Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP to handle your case, you can expect us to:

  • Explain the specifics of the talcum powder cases and your legal rights regarding compensation for damages
  • Work with your physicians to document your cancer diagnosis to link it to the use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene
  • Discuss the differences between class action lawsuits, multi-district litigation, and individual product liability lawsuits
  • Employ experts as necessary to assist with the investigation of your claim and gathering evidence that your cancer diagnosis is linked to talcum powder use
  • Review the current lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson as well as all current research and opinions to determine how juries are ruling in these cases
  • Develop a legal strategy that gives you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries and damages

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products, contact our office today to schedule your free consultation with one of our product liability attorneys in Boston, MA.

Talc and the Risk of Ovarian Cancer

The main ingredient in talcum powder is talc. Talc is a naturally occurring mineral made from silicon, hydrogen, magnesium, and oxygen. 

Talc is a very soft mineral It is easy to grind into fine particles for use in cosmetics, food products, pharmaceuticals, and talcum powder.

However, since the 1960s, there have been suggestions and health studies pointing to a possible link between the use of talc powders in the genital area and an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. A possible answer could be the asbestos contained in talc. If talc is not mined and processed correctly, it can contain asbestos.

Asbestos is a classified human carcinogen by:

  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The IARC states there is sufficient evidence to link asbestos exposure to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer.

Talcum powder products sold in the United States since the 1970s should be free of asbestos. However, there is a concern that talcum powder applied to the genitals or used on sanitary pads, condoms, or diaphragms can make its way through a woman’s reproductive system into her fallopian tubes and ovaries. 

There is much debate whether the use of talcum powder increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer or other reproductive cancers. However, talc particles have been found embedded in the tissues of ovarian tumors. At the very least, talcum powder particles may cause inflammation, catalyzing ovarian cancer development.

As research continues, the evidence linking talcum powder products to an increased risk of ovarian cancer may grow. 

How is Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer?

Class action lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company is liable under numerous causes of action related to talcum powder and ovarian cancers. The lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Claims made against Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder lawsuits include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to warn consumers of the risk and dangers of using talcum powder in the genital area between the legs
  • Manufacturer negligence and conspiracy
  • Violations of Unfair Competition Law
  • Breach of implied warranties
  • Violations of business and professions codes
  • Intentional concealment of information about the potential link between talc and ovarian cancer 
  • Concealing and denying the fact that its talc-based products contained asbestos

Other companies that provide talc products have been named in lawsuits, including Colgate-Palmolive. If consumers prove their claims, the companies named in the lawsuits could be liable for their monetary losses. The could be made to pay for physical injuries, and emotional/mental suffering.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Boston Talcum Powder Attorney

If you believe that your ovarian cancer was caused by talcum powder use, contact Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, to schedule a free consultation with one of our Boston talcum powder attorneys. Our attorneys review your case and provide legal guidance free of charge.