Parents powder their babies with it and adults powder their bodies with it, but is Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder safe? According to a St. Louis jury, which heard testimony and viewed the results of medical and scientific studies, baby powder is far from safe. In fact, it’s cancerous. The jury decided that Johnson & Johnson talcum products caused numerous women to contract ovarian cancer — some of whom died because of the cancer — and awarded 22 women nearly $5 billion in damages.
Following an eight-hour jury trial, the court ruled that there was a definitive connection between talcum and asbestos found in baby powder and ovarian cancer. In fact, evidence presented by the plaintiffs at trial showed that women who had ovarian cancer — and who had used baby powder for many years applied to their genitals for hygiene purposes — had ovaries that contained asbestos fibers.
Many scientists and doctors have, in fact, concluded that the talcum used in baby powder products comes from talcum mines, which often contain naturally-occurring asbestos mixed in with the talcum. This asbestos may be found in baby powder products, that — when applied to women’s genitals — can enter their bodies, uteri, fallopian tubes and finally, the ovaries. In fact, a Harvard University research study found a causal link between the use of talc for hygiene purposes and ovarian cancer.
If you suspect that you or your loved one contracted ovarian cancer because of using Johnson & Johnson products, you may want to look into the matter a little further to determine your legal rights and options as a potential personal injury plaintiff.
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.