Johnson & Johnson is a well-known company, especially for its baby products. Many consumers in Kentucky, along with others throughout the world, trust the brand due to its reputation. Several products liability lawsuits against J&J and the company that supplied some of its products have made people begin to question the safety of its talc-based products. One recent lawsuit against the company awarded one woman $110 million for her pain and suffering resulting from her use of some of the company's products.
The woman apparently used J&J's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder for years. Both products contain a product called talc. According to the lawsuit, evidence existed that indicated that talc exposure could possibly result in cancer. Despite alleged knowledge of the product's potential link to cancer, it was argued that adequate warnings were not placed on the products.
The woman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer around five years ago. Ovarian cancer is often an aggressive form of cancer, and unfortunately, it has returned. When the verdict was announced, she was undergoing chemotherapy again.
Unfortunately, the woman's cancer diagnosis likely resulted in expensive medical bills and lost quality of life. While the compensation awarded by the jury will not make up for the physical and emotional suffering she likely suffered in the past five years since her diagnosis, it may help improve the quality of the rest of her life. The compensation may also help to relieve the financial burden she has incurred as a result of her medical treatment. Anyone who suspects they have suffered similar unnecessary illness or harm may benefit from speaking with a Kentucky lawyer with experience in products liability cases.
Source: reuters.com, "J&J ordered to pay $110 million in U.S. talc-powder trial", Nate Raymond, May 4, 2017