Were you diagnosed with cancer or another illness after using talcum powder in Tampa, FL? You’re not the only one. Talc lawsuits can help victims and their families recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A skilled talcum powder injury lawyer at Catania & Catania, P.A. can help you fight to hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
Since 1992, we’ve dedicated our practice to fighting for injured clients across the Tampa Bay area. Our track record of success has enabled us to obtain more than $500 million for individuals and families that needed it most.
Are you ready to take legal action? Call our law offices in Tampa, Florida, to schedule a free consultation today.
How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help if You’ve Been Harmed by Using Talcum Powder in Tampa
Talcum powder has been linked to several types of cancer, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. These cancers can be fatal; even if your cancer is treatable, you may be subjected to painful and frightening medical treatments. Talc lawsuits give victims a way to hold big corporations like Johnson & Johnson accountable for the damage they’ve caused.
However, it won’t be easy to get the compensation you deserve. These corporations and their insurers have deep pockets and will fight big injury claims tooth and nail.
A Tampa personal injury lawyer at Catania & Catania, P.A. can help you recover the fair value of your claim by:
- Investigating to identify the link between talcum powder use and your cancer diagnosis
- Hiring experts and specialists to assess the value of your case
- Negotiating with the insurance companies to maximize your settlement
- Take responsible parties to trial if they won’t play fair
Our Tampa personal injury attorneys have over 28 years of experience helping clients like you get justice. If you suspect you have a case, don’t hesitate to call and schedule a free consultation today.
Overview of Talc Lawsuits in Florida
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral used in many cosmetic products and baby powder products. It is composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. After being mined from the earth, it’s typically ground into a powder that’s commonly found in talc-based baby powder in the United States.
Millions of Americans have used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for decades. This talcum powder has a variety of uses, but it is commonly applied to the genital area to keep the area dry. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for the body to expel talc particles. Those particles can eventually become inflamed and lead to the development of malignant tumors.
The American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute have acknowledged that using talcum powder near the genitals or inhaling talcum powder can increase the risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
To date, there are two primary problems that have been associated with using talcum powder:
- Talc particles have been found embedded in the ovarian tissue of women who developed ovarian cancer
- Talcum powder has been contaminated with asbestos, leading users to develop mesothelioma
There’s evidence to show that Johnson & Johnson knew their talcum powder was contaminated and posed a risk to human health. Despite this, Johnson & Johnson failed to fix the problem or warn consumers about the risks.
In response, millions of victims have taken action. In July 2018, a jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women in a St. Louis class action lawsuit. Johnson & Johnson lost a bid to overturn the $4.7 billion jury verdict.
If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. Call today for more information.
Signs and Symptoms of a Talcum Powder Injury
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can cause serious damage when it enters the body. Regardless of the type of cancer you’ve been diagnosed with, cancer is always most treatable when it’s caught early.
Therefore, it’s important to pay close attention to the potential signs and symptoms of cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of illnesses associated with using talc powder. Unfortunately, it’s also a cancer that’s difficult to detect. If you’ve been exposed to Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, it’s critical to watch for the early signs of cancer.
Some of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Bloating, pressure, or pain in the abdomen
- Difficulty eating
- Feeling abnormally full after eating
- Increased urge to urinate
- Increased urination
- Back pain
- Irregularities in your menstrual cycle
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Dermatomyositis, a rare inflammatory disease
These symptoms can indicate a number of things besides cancer. However, they will persist and become more severe if they’re due to ovarian cancer. If you notice any of these symptoms that persist or become worse over time, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.
Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that impacts the thin layer of tissue covering the organs. While mesothelioma most commonly impacts the lungs, it can also cause cancer in other parts of the body–including the abdomen, heart, and sex organs.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- A painful and persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Lumps under the skin
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal swelling
Mesothelioma is unfortunately very difficult to treat. However, it’s important to see your doctor as soon as you notice these or any unusual symptoms.
What is My Tampa Talc Lawsuit Worth?
Without much legal experience, you might not know what your case is worth. A wide range of factors can be important in assessing the value of your injury claim, including:
- Your general prognosis
- The cost of your medical treatment
- The impact of the cancer on your daily life
- The impact of the cancer on your ability to earn a living
- Your emotional suffering and trauma
If you’re interested in learning more about what your personal injury case is worth, call our law firm for a free case review today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Talcum Powder Victims?
Many reports indicate that Johnson & Johnson knew their baby powder increased the risk of cancer. Instead of taking steps to make their products safe, they continued to profit from the sale of a potential carcinogenic.
If you were harmed, you deserve to hold them accountable for the full range of damages you’ve suffered. Under Florida product liability laws, that includes economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover the cost of your treatment and other financial losses, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Therapies and surgeries
Non-economic damages compensate victims for the emotional and physical suffering they’re forced to endure because of someone else’s mistake.
These damages may include money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Reduced life expectancy
- Loss of consortium
If you lost a loved one, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages for medical bills, funeral costs, lost inheritance, and more.
How Do I Prove Negligence if I Was Harmed by Using Talcum Powder in Florida?
Talcum powder is a common consumer product. Under Florida product liability laws, manufacturers are strictly liable when defective products cause harm. You won’t necessarily have to prove that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in order to recover compensation.
There are a few different legal theories that can support talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, including:
- Johnson & Johnson knew their baby powder contained asbestos and didn’t correct the problem
- Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers about a known risk associated with talcum powder
- Johnson & Johnson baby powder was defective because of the unreasonable danger associated with its ingredients
Asbestos is a known carcinogen. You deserve the chance to protect your family from the risk of exposure. Failure to warn about the risk of asbestos exposure in talcum powder took away that right. Now, you deserve to hold the companies that profited from dangerous talc powders accountable.
How Long Do I Have to File a Talc Lawsuit in Florida?
It’s never too early to take legal action if you’ve been diagnosed with a talc-related injury.
The Florida statute of limitations gives injured parties four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, that clock starts ticking when you reasonably should have known about your illness. Sometimes that’s before you were even diagnosed with cancer.
Do you suspect your cancer was caused by exposure to talc? Our Tampa talc injury attorneys can evaluate your case for free. Just give us a quick call today to schedule a convenient time to speak with an attorney.
Diagnosed With Cancer After Using Talcum Powder? Call a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer to Learn More About Talc Lawsuits
Have you been diagnosed with cancer after using talcum powder in Tampa? Countless Americans are filing talc lawsuits, and you could be entitled to compensation. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers are here to protect your right to fair financial compensation.
Collectively, our legal team at Catania & Catania, P.A. has over 28 years of experience. We’ve recovered over $500 million in compensation for injured clients, and you can trust that we’ll do everything possible to help your family recover the full amount you deserve.
If you’ve been diagnosed, the clock is already ticking. Call a Tampa talc injury lawyer to schedule a free consultation today.