Legal Funding Provides Financial Freedom for Plaintiffs with Talc Cancer Claims

Staff Writer | August 8th, 2018

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder has long been associated with comfort; its silky smooth texture and ability to absorb moisture have made it a staple both on babies’ bottoms and as part of adult personal grooming routines for well over a century. But juries have found that J&J’s baby powder, as well as its other talcum powder products and similar products by other companies, are a cause of cancer.

Talcum powder and cancer

The suspected connection between talcum powder and cancer was first noted in the early 1970s, talc particles were found embedded deep in the tissues of ovarian and cervical tumors. A study in the early 1980s found that women who sprinkled talc-based products in their genital areas were more than three times as likely to develop gynecological cancers. These early findings were supported in the past decade, with studies in 2011 and 2013 also finding that talcum powder use near the genitals increases the risk of cancer.

In 2016, a Missouri jury made history when it awarded a $72 million to the Estate of Jacqueline Fox in the first major talcum powder cancer award against Johnson & Johnson. The jury award was comprised of $10 million in compensatory damages plus $62 million in punitive damages based on J&J’s failure to warn of the dangers of talc and cancer.

The 2016 Missouri decision was later overturned based on jurisdiction but other talc cancer verdicts have followed. The most recent verdicts in 2018 include awards of $25.7 million and $37 million in favor of plaintiffs who developed mesothelioma after using talc-based powders for personal use.

Legal funding offers options for talc cancer plaintiffs

Litigation in general can take a long time to resolve. When the plaintiff is dealing with a life-threatening medical condition like ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, that wait can be – literally – a lifetime.

For cancer patients, the physical effect is just part of the injury. Add to that crippling medical bills, lost wages, and the cost of support services, and it is easy to understand how plaintiffs and their families become overwhelmed.

Legal funding offers a way for talc cancer plaintiffs to pursue their legal claims fully while keeping up with other areas of their lives. The ability to receive money now removes the desperation that leads many people to settle for a quick, low-ball offer.

What makes legal funding unique

Legal funding is different from other types of loans. You do not need to pay back a legal loan if you lose your case because it is what is known as a non-recourse loan. Instead you get the help you need now so you can see your case through to a full and fair settlement or verdict.

Do not be pressured to settle for less than you deserve. Instead, speak with LawStreet Capital about a cash advance on your future settlement. There are no credit checks and no hidden fees. We offer low rates and quick application, with funds available within 24 hours of approval.

Additional Resources on Talcum Powder Cancer:

  1. Cancer Prevention Research, Genital powder use and risk of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of 8,525 cases and 9,859 controls,
  2. Reuters, J&J hit with $21.7 million verdict in another talc asbestos cancer case,