Scientific studies have concluded that weekly perineal dusting of talc-based baby powder may increase a woman’s risk of contracting ovarian cancer by 30%. (National Institutes of Health, Anticancer research, March–April, 2003, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12820486). This topic has been the subject of scientific research and mounting evidence for four decades, yet the use of talc in cosmetics in the United States remains unregulated. Ovarian cancer can be life-threatening. The American Cancer Society estimates that ovarian cancer will have claimed the lives of over 14,000 women in 2013 alone.
Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP, LLP, a Wisconsin injury law firm, has been working with The Onder Law Firm for the past four years in assisting talc related victims of ovarian cancer. Two separate juries have now found that there is a causal relationship as between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
On February 22nd, 2016, the Onder Law Firm assisted in obtaining a $72 million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson, historically the largest producer of talcum powder.
In 2009, the American Cancer Society reported that 69% of women diagnosed with ovarian carcinoma will eventually succumb to the disease, as opposed to 19% for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
The ongoing partnership as between Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP and the Onder Law Firm provides the patient/family with the best of both worlds, at no extra cost. You receive the representation of both experienced local counsel and a national law firm leading this fight for women across America.
In October of 2013, the first talcum powder ovarian cancer verdict was handed down by a federal jury in South Dakota. The jury found that regular use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products over 30 years was linked to the plaintiff’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
The jury heard the testimony of an expert on baby powder and ovarian cancer, Daniel Cramer, a Harvard epidemiologist. Dr. Cramer estimated that of the over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2013, roughly 10,000 of such cases are causally linked to the perineal dusting of talcum powder. This jury’s finding supports what some studies have shown and may allow you or a loved one to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson and the talc mining companies Luzenac America and Rio Tinto Materials.
Talc is a mineral containing hydrated magnesium silicate. The general consumer is most familiar with it in the form of talcum powder. Less known is that talc is the softest of all known minerals. For instance, soapstone is largely composed of talc.
Talc also has many industrial uses, including in the manufacture of plastics, paper, and ceramics. When talc enters the body through intravenous use, it can cause talcosis, a granulomatous inflammation of the lungs.
For many decades, talc has been sold to and used by the general public for use in personal hygiene and cosmetics. Commonly, women have used the talcum powder for feminine hygiene, applying it to the perineal region. Talcum powder’s harmful properties have been documented through some studies which date back to 1982. When talcum powder is applied to the genital region, talc particles travel through the reproductive system to the ovaries where they cause inflammation and may create an environment conducive to the growth of cancerous cells.
In 2013, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimated there were 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer. They likewise estimated that 14,030 women would succumb to the disease. Median age of diagnosis is 63, with 25% diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 54. At random a woman has a 1.37% chance of contracting the disease over a lifetime. At the 2013 trial in South Dakota a Johnson & Johnson lawyer asserted the company does not have an ovarian cancer label warning on the product because it deems the risk to be insignificant. However, in that trial Dr. Daniel Cramer, a recognized expert in cancer talcum powder cancer research, estimated that 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year can be traced to talcum powder use. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 14,030 women may die from the disease within the year.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and previously used talcum powder for feminine hygiene, please call Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP to discuss whether you may have a case against the product manufacturer or send your facts to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attorney Keberle, Patrykus or Laufenberg will review your facts and make a preliminary determination if you can pursue damages for your or a loved one’s pain and suffering for being harmed through talcum baby powder use.
When you hire our law firms together on a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer case, you receive a Wisconsin state injury law firm who is here locally to work with you AND one of the leading national Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer law firms in the country. You will also pay “no fee unless we win” and be hiring two injury law firms for the same price as one.
You may call us at 800-529-1110 to speak with Attorney Keberle, Attorney Patrykus or Attorney Laufenberg.