Manufacturers and sales distributors are responsible for making certain that consumers are adequately warned when a product poses potential health hazards. Many lawsuits in Florida and throughout the nation include those filed by consumers who claim defective products as causal factors in their personal injuries or illnesses. Recently, approximately 60 separate legal claims merged into one against Johnson & Johnson company in connection with its talcum powder products.
A 62-year-old woman died in October 2015 from ovarian cancer. She believed that her 35-year use of baby and talcum powders sold by Johnson & Johnson was the cause of her cancer. At a recent jury trial, the consolidated cases were heard as one claim. The court ordered a $75 million judgment against the company.
Johnson & Johnson has been held liable for negligence, conspiracy and failure to warn consumers of the potential health-related hazards of using its talcum products. During the recent trial, a document was apparently revealed to the court that proved Johnson & Johnson knew of the potential cancer risks associated with its talcum powders. Reportedly, there are several hundred other similar lawsuits filed against J & J at this time.
Any consumer that has suffered adversely due to defective products in Florida is permitted by law to pursue justice against any and all liable parties. The first logical step to take in the process would be to contact a personal injury attorney to arrange a meeting. An experienced attorney would know how to investigate the situation in order to collect evidence that could help prove one’s claim.
Source: lawyersandsettlements.com, “Week Adjourned: 2.26.16 – Walmart, Mercedes, J&J Talc Powder“, Lucy C, Feb. 27, 2016