What is Talcum Powder?
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Talcum Powder is a product that has historically been used on the skin to prevent rashes and moisture. It can also be found in numerous cosmetic products such as baby powder, adult body powder, and facial powder. It is a powder made from talc, which consists of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. In its natural form, talc contains asbestos, which if found in the body can cause cancer to the affected and surrounding areas
What is Dangerous about Talcum Powder?
Talcum Powder has been linked to many types of cancer as a result the main ingredient, talc, which contains cancer-causing asbestos. Many companies have been forced to change their ingredients as a direct result of the dangers associated with talc being used on or around the body.
Who is Affected?
Women who have regularly applied powder to the genital area have a statistically higher (30% increased risk) in contracting ovarian cancer. When the powder is directly applied to such areas, there is a risk of the particles moving up into the ovaries, causing cancer. People who have worked in or around areas with talc particles are also at an increased risk in developing lung cancer or other respiratory diseases. On average, there are approximately 2,500 asbestos-related lung cancer fatalities each year.
Current News on Talcum Powder-Related Lawsuits
As of the end of 2018, over 11,000 lawsuits have been filed relating to Talcum Powder causing cancer, with over 5 billion dollars awarded in settlements. In August of 2017, 63 year old Eva Echeverria was awarded $417 million by a Los Angeles jury in her case against Johnson & Johnson. She argued that the company should have warned users of the risks that accompanied the use of Talcum Powder. In July of 2018, another major payout was awarded to 22 women in a class-action lawsuit. They were awarded $550 million in damages in addition to a $4.14 billion punitive damages fee.
Are You Affected?
Have you or a loved one been affected by Talcum Powder? Murphy Law Firm is here to fight with you. Call one of our experienced attorneys today to learn your rights against 3M at (225) 928-8800, or visit our office today at 2354 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.