Talcum powder and baby powder are astringent powders used for a variety of household purposes, including diaper rash prevention, personal deodorizing, and household cleaning. While it has long been recognized that inhaling these powders can cause respiratory problems, it is quickly coming to light that women who regularly use talcum powder are at elevated risk for developing ovarian cancer.
All too often, manufacturers and distributors of dangerous products like baby powder and talcum powder sacrifice safety in the name of profit. When that happens, it’s up to an experienced lawyer to hold them accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured by talcum powder or baby powder, please contact the Orlando defective product attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright at 407-712-7300 today to schedule your free case evaluation.
The terms talcum powder and baby powder are essentially interchangeable. Most baby powders contain talcum powder, although many pediatricians recommend against the use of such products because of the risk they pose to babies. At issue is talc itself, a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. Like asbestos, talc particles are easily inhaled and can cause respiratory problems, including pneumonia and respiratory failure. Infants and those with asthma are at particular risk.
Talcum powders and baby powders have also been widely used by women to control moisture and odors near the genitals. However, recent studies have indicated that women who regularly use these powders have a 24 percent higher probability of developing ovarian cancer. Women across the country have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower, alleging that the talc in these powders can move inside the body and collect in the ovaries, causing inflammation and increasing the risk of cancer.
Product liability lawyers across the country, including Colling Gilbert Wright, are currently accepting cases related to talcum powder and baby powder to potentially take to court. There is already legal precedent for such action: In 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found in favor of a woman who alleged that Johnson & Johnson’s products had contributed to her ovarian cancer.
Companies that manufacture dangerous pharmaceuticals may be held liable for
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Funeral and burial expenses related to wrongful death
If you or a loved one has suffered from conditions related to baby powder or talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact the Orlando defective product attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright at 407-712-7300 today for your free consultation.