Over the past few years, a once beloved product for families with babies has been ruled a hazard by juries, and victims have been awarded compensation in the millions of dollars. The makers of the product have denied that their iconic brand is a dangerous product and have stated their intentions of appealing the most recent jury verdict. However, Ohio families may benefit from learning more about the item at the center of the recent lawsuit.
Families have trusted Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for well over a century. The product was first marketed as a remedy for diaper rash for infants as early as 1894. The product was also advertised as a personal hygiene product for women. The recent lawsuit was filed by a woman who claimed to have used the product for more than 40 years. She alleges that her ovarian cancer was the result of using this powder.
After deliberations, the jury determined that the manufacturer was liable for the woman’s disease and awarded her approximately $417 million in damages. This is the fourth time that a jury has decided in the favor of the victims. However, the company has denied any link between the use of their product and any form of cancer. Studies to date have shown to be inconclusive at best. However, while it has been recommended that the packaging contain a warning of a possible health risk, the powder remains on store shelves at this time.
Whenever a consumer suffers harm from a potentially dangerous product, he or she is entitled to seek recompense for the damages they have sustained. In many instances, the product in question has been discontinued. It is unknown whether this product will continue to be available but parents have been advised to exercise caution if they choose to apply it to their children. Ohio residents who believe that a product has caused them or a loved one to suffer injury or greater harm are assured of their rights to contact a personal injury attorney to review their options to seek a remedy of their own.
Source: deseretnews.com, “What moms should know about baby powder and cancer“, Jennifer Graham, Aug. 25, 2017