Over the past century, Johnson & Johnson has been selling talcum powder for use on babies and other personal hygiene use. Many women started using talcum powder on their genitals as a routine hygiene practice. Tragically, these women were not aware of the dangers of the talcum powder. Years after use, hundreds of women have developed ovarian cancer and researchers believe it was caused by talcum powder.
Talcum is a mineral, and when it is in powder form, it absorbs any moisture. Unfortunately, research has determined that when inhaled the minerals can attach to the lungs. Evidence now suggests that those same minerals are traveling up the vagina and attaching to the ovaries causing ovarian cancer over time. While Johnson & Johnson is disputing the evidence, there are documents proving that the company had knowledge of the cancer risk and chose to ignore it.
Now juries in St. Louis have agreed that Johnson & Johnson should be held accountable for their neglect. A family that lost their mother to ovarian cancer after using talcum powder filed suit against J & J and was awarded a $72 million verdict at the beginning of the year. In May, one plaintiff received a verdict ordering J &J to pay $55 million for her damages.
Fortunately, Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth is located in downtown St. Louis giving us access to some of the best court systems and juries in the country. Our personal injury attorneys will work diligently to hold a negligent company responsible for your damages while obtaining the maximum financial compensation available. If you or a loved one have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis after using talcum powder, contact our office for a free no-obligation consultation.