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Consumers expect the products they buy and use to work safely and effectively. And for the most part, the companies who manufacture these products do their best ensure customer confidence and trust. From time to time, however, an incident involving a faulty product design – or even a failure on the part of a manufacturer to adequately warn consumers of certain product risks – can lead to a catastrophic injury. Our attorneys have years of experience in this complex area of law and have successfully handled hundreds of product defect cases.

We Are Currently Investigating Cases Involving the Following Products

TALCUM POWDER

For decades, women have used talc-based products such as baby powder to reduce vaginal odors and keep their genital area cool and comfortable. However, increasing medical evidence suggests that women should not use talcum powder as an intimate hygiene powder because of its link to ovarian cancer. The attorneys at Williams Law may be able to help if you or a loved one developed this devastating disease after long-term use of talcum powder.

What is Talcum Powder?

Talc, the main ingredient in talcum powder, is comprised of oxygen, magnesium and silicon. It is very effective in not only reducing friction but also absorbing moisture, which is why many people use it to prevent rashes and keep their skin dry. It is used in baby powder as well as many other facial and body powders used by adults.

Research Paints a Disturbing Picture

Over 20,000 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer, and approximately 14,000 die. Cancer strikes about one in 70 women, though studies show that women who use talc-containing products on their genitals have a one in 50 chance of developing the disease. Medical experts have testified that at least 45,000 women have died as a result of ovarian cancer that may be attributed to talcum powder use on the genitals, and estimated 1,500 women will die within the next year as a result of talc use.  In addition, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, classifies the use of talc-based body powder in the genital area as a possible human carcinogen.

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A number of studies have associated talcum powder contamination with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The journal of Cancer Prevention Research published a study in June 2013 that showed women who dusted their groin area with talcum powder have a 20% to 30% greater risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who did not use talc products for personal hygiene.

Johnson & Johnson Calls Evidence Inconclusive

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, a major talcum powder manufacturer (Baby Powder), was aware of research that presents this serious side effect for its over-the-counter product. However, the company has referred to research as inconclusive and never has put a warning notice or label on its talcum powder products.

Lawsuit Involving Shower to Shower Powder

The omission of a warning notice or label was an impetus for a 2013 verdict handed down by a jury in a South Dakota product liability lawsuit. The talcum powder case was filed by a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after 30 years of using the company’s talc containing Shower to Shower body powder. The jury found Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers of the link between the use of its talcum powders for feminine hygiene and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

In February 2016, a Missouri jury awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder – as well as Shower to Shower body powder – for approximately 35 years. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risk of talcum powder as far back as the 1980s, yet chose not to warn consumers. The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for conspiracy, negligence and fraud.

Contact An Experienced Products Liability Lawyer Today

Plaintiffs in lawsuits across the country are making serious claims against Johnson & Johnson in addition to the ones mentioned above. Evidence is growing that women who use talcum powder in their genital area face an increased risk of ovarian cancer, yet the manufacturers of these products have failed to warn of that risk. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with the disease after long-term use of talc-based products, Williams Law may be able to help. Time limitations apply to potential products liability claims. Please contact the attorneys at Williams Law for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation at 949-891-1480, or fill out our online form.

 

PHARMACEUTICALS & BIRTH DEFECTS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has little information about the safety of most medications during pregnancy when they first become available. Although all medications are tested to see if they are safe and effective before they become available to the public, pregnant women usually are not included in these tests because of the potential risks to the unborn baby.

As a result, the safety of the fetus is often left solely in the hands of large corporations to warn pregnant women of any risks and/or side effects. Sadly, some corporations put profits over people and public safety and the warnings often come too late once the damage has already been done.

At Williams Law, we are continually evaluating the list of drugs that may pose health risks to unborn babies. Our lawyers would be happy to talk with you about any drug that you believe may have harmed your baby. Here is a list of drugs that we are currently investigating:

Zofran (Ondansetron)

The attorneys at Williams Law are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of mothers who were prescribed the anti-nausea medication Zofran (ondansetron) during their first trimester of pregnancy and delivered children with birth defects. While Zofran was never tested or approved for use by pregnant women, it is often prescribed off-label for morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum, a serious type of morning sickness that causes severe nausea and weight loss. Now, recent studies have shown that expecting mothers who took Zofran are at a higher risk for delivering children with the following birth defects:

  • Fetal heart defects, including septal defects or holes in the heart
  • Craniofacial defects, including cleft palates
  • Kidney malformations

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) – which include Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac and Sarafem

These drugs are commonly prescribed anti-depressants used to treat conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Studies have linked SSRIs to a wide range of birth defects including:

  • Fetal heart defects when taken during the first three months of pregnancy
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) when taken during the last half of pregnancy
  • Anencephaly – a birth defect that affects the brain and skull
  • Craniosynostosis – a birth defect that affects sutures of the skull
  • Omphalocele – a birth defect that affects the abdominal organs

Contact An Experienced Pharmaceutical Liability Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one delivered a child with a birth defect, it is important that you consult with an experienced birth defect lawyer as soon as possible. At Williams Law, our lawyers help those who were injured by pharmaceuticals sue drug companies and hold them liable for releasing and marketing dangerous and defective medications. We have years of experience handling these cases and know how to get these victims the compensation they deserve. To find out if you have a case, contact us today for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation.

 

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