Common Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Questions and Answers: Information for Washington Residents

Washington Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit FAQs

If you or a loved one in Washington has suffered from ovarian cancer possibly linked to talcum powder use, you may be eligible to file a talcum powder cancer lawsuit in Washington. This page contains answers to the most common questions we receive about filing a talcum powder lawsuit for ovarian cancer from Washington residents. These answers apply to most general talcum powder lawsuit or Washington ovarian cancer lawsuit questions, but our attorneys serving Washington are also available to speak with you in depth about your circumstances. To access a free talcum powder lawsuit case review for Washington residents, please contact our firm. One of our lawyers serving Washington will contact you to answer your questions as definitively as possible and help you understand your legal options.

Who can file a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit in Washington?

Any woman, or family member of a woman, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has a history of using talcum powder products in Washington may have grounds to file a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit. Internal document and memos from Johnson & Johnson show company executives were aware of the presence of carcinogenic asbestos in raw talc material since at least 1970, yet repeatedly concealed talcum powder cancer information from federal regulators and the public.

Does it cost anything for you to review my case?

We will always listen to your circumstances and give you our analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.

Who is most at risk for developing ovarian cancer from talcum powder in Washington?

Studies dating back to the 1970s have linked talcum powder dusting with increased rates of ovarian cancer and shown that increased regularity of use leads to higher rates of ovarian cancer. Women in Washington who use use talcum powder for feminine hygiene on a weekly basis are 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than the general public, while women in Washington who have used talc-based products on a daily basis are 41% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use talc products at all.

Why weren’t consumers in Washington warned about talcum powder ovarian cancer?

This is a classic case of corporate power and greed. To this day, Johnson & Johnson executives insist their talcum powder products are safe for daily use--but the company’s paper trail indicates J&J has been engaged in a decades-long effort to deceive the public. From omitting unfavorable test results in reports to federal regulators, to destroying talc mine records, to avoiding talcum powder testing that may result in “embarrassing” findings, J&J executives have gone to great lengths to protect the reputation of Baby Powder and other talc-based hygiene products. The scented powder in the tall white bottle--gentle enough to be used every day, trusted by mothers for their newborn babies--was symbolic of the trust Washington families places in Johnson & Johnson for decades. No company should be permitted to betray Washington consumer trust in such an ongoing an flagrant manner, and it is our mission to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for the harm caused to Washington women and families.

How many women in Washington develop ovarian cancer from talcum powder, and how many die of it?

Dr. Daniel Cramer, a Harvard-based epidemiologist, estimates that 10,000 new cases of talcum powder ovarian cancer develop each year in the United States, among them women in Washington. While ovarian cancer is considered treatable in its initial stages, there are few to no symptoms of early stage ovarian cancer, making the disease very difficult to detect until it has spread to other parts of the pelvic or abdominal region. Ovarian cancer and the treatments for ovarian cancer result in significant pain and suffering, and more than 14,000 women in Washington and around the country die of the disease in an average year.

How much will it cost to file a Washington talcum powder lawsuit?

We will represent all persons in Washington involved in a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please fill out our short online contact form and one of our attorneys handling talcum powder lawsuits for Washington residents will contact you to answer any of your questions.

Aren't most drug and products liability lawsuits just class action lawsuits where the plaintiff receives very little money?

Talcum powder lawsuit cases from Washington will not become a class action lawsuit, in which each plaintiff receives only symbolic compensation. Instead, the majority of product liability cases related to a dangerous product or medical device are handled as MDL, or Multi-District Litigation, where successful plaintiffs can expect significant compensation based upon their individual injuries and damages. The Onder Law Firm has won over $300 million in four talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits in St. Louis to date.

We're not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?

If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even life-long, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive and since medical costs are continually rising may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective products, drug or other medication lawsuit we file can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use and ultimately making safer products, we rely on their profit motivation to make them do the right thing. Unfortunately, in all too many cases it is only the fear of lawsuits and large settlements and verdicts that makes a company become a better corporate citizen.

What are the time limits for filing a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit in Washington?

Most states have talcum powder cancer lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of all persons in Washington having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for your Washington claim, please fill out the form at right and one of our attorneys will contact you as quickly as possible, usually within the hour.