Scottsdale, AZ asked in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Products Liability for Arizona

Q: My wife (age 52) passed away from ovarian cancer in January, 2017. She was a long time user of J&J Baby Powder.

We were married for 27 years and she was virtually a daily user of J&J Baby powder as a feminine hygiene product. What are my next steps in pursuing a case?

2 Lawyer Answers
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Contact a member of the AzTrial Lawyers Assn who handles product liability law, or get a hold of one of the firms that has been successful in the Talcum Powder litigation.

Gregory Andrews Cade
Gregory Andrews Cade

A: My deepest condolences on the passing of your wife. Talcum frequently occurs in close proximity to asbestos deposits in the earth, so contamination is nearly inevitable. Despite the refining process it undergoes prior to making it to the final product, significant traces of asbestos are often still present in talcum powder. Because asbestos is a human carcinogen, medical studies dating back to as far as 1971 have been associating the regular use of talc as a feminine hygiene product with a high risk of ovarian cancer. Women who apply it are 33% more likely to develop the disease than those who use talc-free products.

As for the legal aspect, since the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in Arizona is 2 years, you can still hold the company liable for their carelessness. I strongly advise you to take legal action as soon as possible, as these personal injury cases are very complex and demanding, requiring a lot of time and evidence gathering on the part of the legal team. The sooner you file a lawsuit, the higher your chances of recovering the financial compensation you deserve on behalf of your wife.

To initiate a wrongful death lawsuit, the first step is to contact a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases. They will guide you through the entire process and their legal team will provide you with constant assistance while preparing your case. Over recent decades, over 4,000 women have taken legal action against Johnson & Johnson for the exact same reason, as well as numerous families who lost a member this awful way, so the likelihood of a successful case is quite strong.

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