Woman wins huge damages in cancer case related baby-talc
A woman from Alabama has won $72 million in damages after the state of Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay out. The lady unfortunately passed away last year from ovarian cancer however her family continued the claim for damages and have won the case due to a landmark ruling.
For years, talc has been linked with causing life threatening conditions and in the US there are a further 1,000 similar cases pending. The link between cancer and talc is still uncertain according to researchers with Cancer Research UK saying “even if there is a risk it is likely to be fairly small”. Numerous studies in 2003 resulted in the conclusion that women who used talcum powder increased their risk of ovarian cancer by a third.
Roberts Jackson has touched on the topic of talcum powder related hazards before where we discussed the possibility of talc being the cause of mesothelioma, an asbestos related disease. Women who had never previously been exposed to asbestos were finding that they were being diagnosed with this particularly aggressive form of cancer that is nearly always linked to asbestos. Scientists found that on at least one occasion a woman who had passed away due to mesothelioma, had talcum powder on her lungs. When testing the talc experts found that it contained asbestos and explained that this was due to the mines from which this particular form of talc had originated.
In the case of ovarian cancer, this is still a far cry from your run of the mill compensation claim for being exposed to hazardous substances. It must also be noted that the US legal system differs greatly from ours across the pond however it could pave the way for more studies into the dangers of talcum powder. To our knowledge, there are no such cases currently running in the UK for cancers related to talcum powder as the UK system is far more stringent when proving a substance has definitively caused an illness.
Roberts Jackson handles hundreds of cases related to hazardous substances with the majority of them relating to occupational asthma and dermatitis. We do come across more serious conditions such as bladder cancer related to chemical exposure and we also specialise in asbestos and mesothelioma cases. If you or anyone know has been exposed to any type of hazardous substances at work and wishes to pursue a claim for compensation, do not hesitate to get in touch using our Freephone number 0800 001 4496 or the contact box on the right hand side of this page.