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What consumer protections are available in California if I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder?

Stanley D. Saltzman

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Answered by: Stanley D. Saltzman

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Agoura Hills, CA
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As a consumer, you have a right to use products that will work safely and as intended. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately one in 10 consumers will be hurt by a defective product in their lifetime. As a law firm, we hear stories almost daily about dangerous food, products and places, so it is essential that you understand your rights if you believe you have been harmed.

One of the most well-known stories related to consumer protection recently involves the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case, which has been linked to numerous ovarian cancer diagnoses. Many people have won verdicts against the company, and you could have a successful case, too, if your use of the product is tied to a personal diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Who is affected by this?

These cases have disproportionally affected black and Hispanic women, who historically have lower rates of ovarian cancer. However, internal documents from Johnson & Johnson in the 1990s reveal that the company intended to target minority women with this product through marketing and advertising.

You may be eligible for compensation if you are a woman who has undergone chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer after the year 2000 and used talcum powder regularly for more than five years in your lifetime.

How can a consumer protection attorney help me?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used talcum powder regularly, you may be eligible to pursue monetary compensation to cover the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Wrongful death
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Attorney’s fees

A consumer protection attorney will seek maximum compensation on your behalf. An experienced attorney will understand the legal system and your rights to ensure every option is considered in your case. Many attorneys in this area of law work for a retainer fee and are only paid as part of your compensation if you win your case.

Once your case reaches court, your attorney may rely on expert testimony from doctors and oncologists. In many cases, doctors have found particles from the talcum powder present in women’s ovarian tissue upon diagnosis.

No one wants to be hurt by the products they use in the daily routine. Unfortunately, many companies can use marketing and lack of consumer knowledge about the nature of their products to sell things that may end up being harmful.

Pursuing compensation with help from a consumer protection attorney in California can be a powerful way to assert your rights as a consumer and recover significant monetary compensation following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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