J&J ordered to pay $110 to woman who developed cancer

New York residents who use talc-based products in their daily regimen may be interested to learn that, on May 4, a major company was ordered to pay damages to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's products for decades. This lawsuit was just one of about 2,400 similar lawsuits that had been filed against the company claiming that the warnings about cancer risks were not adequate.

The Virginia woman claimed that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 after using Johnson & Johnson products that contained talc. The cancer reportedly spread to her liver and required chemotherapy.

The jury determined that Johnson & Johnson was 99 percent at fault while the talc supplier was 1 percent at fault. As such, the woman was awarded $5.4 million in compensatory damages. Johnson & Johnson was also ordered to pay $105 million in punitive damages while the talc supplier was ordered to pay $50,000 in punitive damages. Johnson & Johnson stated that they intended to appeal the decision.

Companies are responsible for ensuring that the products they sell are safe for use as intended. If there are any risks with using a particular product, the company is responsible for clearly listing the hazard on the packaging. If a person suffers a serious injury or becomes ill after using a company's products, and there is evidence connecting the injuries to the products, the injured person may have the grounds to file a products liability claim against the company. An attorney may assist with the evidence gathering phase and walk the injured person through the litigation process.

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