If your loved one died because of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, then you may have a wrongful death lawsuit, and you may be able to recover damages.
For many families, wrongful death cases are important. A wrongful death lawsuit may allow you to seek justice from the person or company that has taken the life of your loved one, and it may allow you to recover financial compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, lost income, for the emotional loss to your family, and other damages.
If your loved one developed ovarian cancer and died because of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, then you may be wondering if you have a potential claim against the company and what you should do about it.
How Could Someone Die From Baby Powder?
It may seem strange that a product that has been sold on store shelves since the late 1800s, that is marketed for use on infants, and that is trusted by so many people could cause someone’s death.
While the American Cancer Society and the United States government have not yet concluded that talcum-based baby powder causes ovarian cancer, there is evidence that suggests that it does. It has been suggested, and in some cases proven, that a woman’s regular use of talcum-based baby powder on her genitals can result in some of the baby powder traveling up to a woman’s ovaries. Furthermore, evidence suggests that some talcum-based baby powder was tainted with asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is a known carcinogen, and that is often found in close proximity to talc. If the baby powder used by the woman contained asbestos, then ovarian cancer or other forms of cancer could develop. Some of this evidence has been so convincing that juries have awarded women, or their survivors, substantial financial damages.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths for American women. Only about 20% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at an early stage because there often are no symptoms when the cancer is in its beginning stages. Even as the cancer progresses, the symptoms may be dismissed as nothing serious by women and their doctors. For these reasons, some types of ovarian cancer are difficult to treat effectively. The five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer depends on the specific type of tumor, the stage at which it is diagnosed, and the medical treatment received.
A Baby Powder Wrongful Death Case Can Be Complex—Be Prepared to Protect Your Rights
Any kind of wrongful death claim can be complicated, but this is especially true when you are pursuing a wrongful death claim against a large company such as Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson is in possession of much of the evidence that you need to convince a court that the company’s baby powder caused your loved one’s death. An experienced lawyer can help you get the information that you need to support your claim.
No other family has lost the wife, mother, or daughter that you have lost, but other families may have lost their wives, mothers, and daughters who developed ovarian cancer from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. Together, you and these other families may be able to pursue a mass tort case that allows you to work together to get the necessary evidence from Johnson & Johnson and to share in the expenses of litigation. Unlike a class action lawsuit, however, you will be able to make independent decisions about any potential settlement offered to you by Johnson & Johnson.
Nothing can undo the irreparable harm that you have suffered, but if you have a claim against Johnson & Johnson, then our mass tort lawyers will work hard to get your family the recovery that you deserve. Please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. We can be reached by phone, live chat, or through our online contact form at your convenience.