Women who developed ovarian cancer after using Talc (usually in the form of talcum powder) may be able to bring a negligence lawsuit against the product's manufacturer. Compensatory damages these women may be able to recover include:
If the woman passes away, her family may be able to bring a suit for wrongful death. Women in Nevada diagnosed with ovarian cancer can explore the latest treatment options at the Women's Cancer Center of Nevada or other cancer centers throughout the state.
In this article, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about Talc lawsuits in Nevada, including negligence causes of action, burdens of proof, and the statutes of limitations to file a case. Click on a topic to jump to that section:
- 1. What can I do if I got ovarian cancer by using talc in Las Vegas, NV?
- 2. What money can I get if I am injured by talc in Las Vegas, NV?
- 3. Whom can I sue for my talc injuries in Las Vegas, NV?
- 4. How do I prove a talc claim in Las Vegas, NV?
- 5. When can I sue after my talc injuries in Las Vegas, NV?
- 6. What is talc used for?
- 7. Has talc been recalled?
- 8. Talc resources
Patients who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder can file a negligence lawsuit against the talcum powder's manufacturer. Plaintiffs in Nevada negligence suits are required to demonstrate these four elements to the court:
- The defendant (drug manufacturer) owed the plaintiff (victim) a duty of care;
- The defendant breached its duty of care;
- The defendant's breach of care caused the plaintiff's injuries; and
- The plaintiff's injuries resulted in damages.1
When suing a talcum powder manufacturer, the plaintiffs can allege that the manufacturer was negligent by not testing for cancer risks and not warning customers about the cancer risk.
1.1. Talc injuries
Some women who used talcum powder have developed ovarian cancer. It is one of the deadliest cancers, usually because it often goes undetected until it is well into Stage IV.2
People filing a personal injury suit after getting ovarian cancer from talcum powder would seek compensatory damages for:
- Doctor's bills related to the ovarian cancer (such as hospital stays, home health care, surgeries, chemo, radiation, and outpatient care),
- Pain and suffering arising from having ovarian cancer,
- Loss of wages from not being able to work, and/or
- Loss of future wages from not being able to work
In some cases, the plaintiff may be eligible for punitive damages as well.
One possible party that talc victims can file suit against is the talcum powder's manufacturer. In most cases, this is Johnson & Johnson.
Plaintiffs in negligence lawsuits have to prove to the court that "it was more likely than not" that the defendant was negligent. In short, plaintiffs have to prove the defendant's liability by a "preponderance of the evidence." Some of the typical evidence in talc cases include the following:
- The medical records of the plaintiff
- Testimony by expert medical witnesses
- Advertisements and marketing materials of talcum powder, which fail to mention the ovarian cancer risk
Learn more about proving negligence in Nevada.
There is a two (2) year statute of limitations after the victim discovers her ovarian cancer to bring a negligence lawsuit.3
Many women use talc to help control feminine odors. It is sold over-the-counter in powder form--hence, "talcum powder."
No. Though baby powders now use corn starch instead of talc. And FDA has funded research studies on the talc-cancer link.4
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