Miami Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary
How we help in a talcum powder case?
If you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, we determine if it was caused by talcum powder, experts and medical staff will examine the ovarian tissue or pathology slides.
Sean M. Cleary
Research has shown an elevated risk of ovarian cancer of 33% for women who routinely use baby/talcum powder on genitals. The American Cancer Society estimates that a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Studies on the link between baby/talcum powder use for feminine hygiene purposes and ovarian cancer have found an increased risk to approximately 1 in 53. Among African–American women, such use of talcum powder is linked with a 44% increased risk for invasive epithelial ovarian cancer. This is particularly concerning due to the fact that another study suggests black women use talcum powder at a higher rate (44%) than white women (30%) and Hispanic women (29%).
Ovarian cancer cases in FLorida: talcum powder products involved, side effects and compensation
Over 40 years, thousands of women who’ve used regularly Johnson & Johnson brands Shower to Shower and Baby Powder, containing talcum powder, for feminine hygiene purposes have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Scientific evidence suggests that the talcum powder was the cause.
Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease but treatable if caught in its early stages. However, because certain symptoms (for example, bloating or weight loss) can be readily associated with other medical conditions, women sometimes miss them and are diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease. Chemotherapy, as part of a treatment plan, can cause serious side effects. The following is a list of some of the most common side effects caused by the treatment of ovarian cancer:
Permanent hearing loss
Mouth and throat problems
Nausea and vomiting
Sexual side effects
Compensatory damages for ovarian cancer talc powder claims and lawsuits, here in the Florida courts, are intended to repay injured people for the losses and harm they have suffered as a result of negligence. Compensatory damages can include (but may not be limited to):
Medical expenses. This can include both past and future treatment costs.
Rehabilitation costs. This can include the costs of occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic care, etc.
Lost wages. This can cover both past lost wages, due to missing work for medical care and future lost wages, due to lost earning capacity resulting from ovarian cancer.
Pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help quantify pain and suffering in financial terms so plaintiffs are compensated for this aspect of damages.
Loss of consortium. This is intended to compensate injured people for the damage their personal relationships have suffered due to their injuries.
Punitive damages in Florida for ovarian cancer talc powder lawsuits are intended to specifically punish the maker or distributor of talcum powder that contributed to injuries. Punitive damages can greatly increase financial recoveries in talc powder lawsuits. Consequently, these damages can be effective leverage in pretrial negotiations.
Ovarian cancer talcum powder liability in Florida: Who are the corporate entities involved?
Johnson and Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America are the two main companies involved in the talcum powder lawsuits. Lawsuits also include distributors and sellers of the products.
Johnson and Johnson has been accused of conspiracy and failure to warn consumers of potential risks in light of internal documents presented in court, which proved that the company was aware of medical health concerns linked to talc. Yet, their subsequent actions have not been to remove talc, recall products, or place a warning on labels but instead to increase marketing efforts. (Source: Large verdicts against companies making and selling talcum powder products)
The company continues to use talcum powder in its cosmetic products without offering proper warning labels. However, the company supplying Johnson & Johnson with talc has added warning labels on their products since 2006. The Food and Drug Administration, also, refused to remove talcum powder products from the market or to add warnings on labels. Agency officials explained that no conclusive evidence could establish causality between baby powder and ovarian cancer. While talcum powder is a huge risk factor, there are other risk factors for ovarian cancer.
Currently, Johnson & Johnson is facing over 5K lawsuits in state and federal courts. The company has already been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars as compensatory and punitive damages in lawsuits.
How we help in a talcum powder ovarian cancer case in Florida?
A patient diagnosed with ovarian cancer needs an explanation, especially when she does not identify other risk factors, and restitution. Finding out that a product she trusted and used for years could be a cause of her cancer may be disheartening and infuriating. Under these circumstances, it's up to the victims of ovarian cancer to take action on their own.
If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer and believe talcum powder is to blame, contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary for a free case evaluation. We are based in Miami, Florida but we have clients and cases we currently handle in Florida state and all over the United States.
Our product liability lawyer in Miami will provide proof and expert testimonies that will show that talcum particles in the baby powder caused the ovarian cancer. We look through the available evidence to see if there is a correlation between talc powder use, ovarian inflammation, and the resulting cancer. We give a candid evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the case, on what to expect in litigation, the timelines and time frames, as well as where your case will be filed and the current status of litigation.