Injured by "Talc" in Nevada?
How to file a lawsuit

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:

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There is evidence that talcum powder use may cause ovarian cancer.

1. What can I do if I got ovarian cancer by using talc in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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:

  1. The defendant (drug manufacturer) owed the plaintiff (victim) a duty of care;
  2. The defendant breached its duty of care;
  3. The defendant's breach of care caused the plaintiff's injuries; and
  4. 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.

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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

2. What money can I get if I am injured by talc in Las Vegas, Nevada?

People filing a personal injury suit after getting ovarian cancer from talcum powder would seek compensatory damages for:

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  1. Doctor's bills related to the ovarian cancer (such as hospital stays, home health care, surgeries, chemo, radiation, and outpatient care),
  2. Pain and suffering arising from having ovarian cancer,
  3. Loss of wages from not being able to work, and/or
  4. Loss of future wages from not being able to work

In some cases, the plaintiff may be eligible for punitive damages as well.

3. Whom can I sue for my talc injuries in Las Vegas, Nevada?

One possible party that talc victims can file suit against is the talcum powder's manufacturer. In most cases, this is Johnson & Johnson.

4. How do I prove a talc claim in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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.

5. When can I sue after my talc injuries in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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There is a two (2) year statute of limitations after the victim discovers her ovarian cancer to bring a negligence lawsuit.3

6. What is talc used for?

Many women use talc to help control feminine odors. It is sold over-the-counter in powder form--hence, "talcum powder."

7. Has talc been recalled?

No. Though baby powders now use corn starch instead of talc. And FDA has funded research studies on the talc-cancer link.4

8. Talc resources

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Did you develop ovarian cancer after using talcum powder? Let our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys fight for the largest financial settlement possible to cover your doctor's bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a FREE consultation. You pay us nothing unless we win, so there is no risk.

Legal References:

  1. See, e.g. Scialabba v. Brandise Const. Co., 112 Nev. 965, 921 P.2d 928 (1996).
  2. Laurie McGinley, Does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?, Washington Post (August 25, 2017).
  3. NRS 11.190.
  4. OWH-Funded Research: Cancer.

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