October 21st, 2015|
Talcum powder has been used for personal hygiene purposes for more than 50 years, but recent research suggests using products containing talcum powder increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer. In fact, a study published in the June 2013 issue of Cancer Prevention Research found that as many as 30 percent of women using hygiene products containing talcum powder were at an increased risk of developing the disease.
Manywomen have filed talc ovarian cancer lawsuits as a result of this risk, claiming companies failed to warn consumers. A majority of these cases are still working through the court system.
Reuters reports that roughly 200 talc ovarian cancer lawsuits will return to a Missouri courtroom after the defendant in the cases, Johnson & Johnson, moved to have the lawsuits consolidated into a federal court. Judges ruled the cases shouldn’t be considered “mass actions,” which would place the cases in federal jurisdiction, because attorneys had never proposed the cases be heard together. The ruling could have a significant impact on the outcome of each case.
Holding manufacturers of faulty products accountable for their actions is part of our mission at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. Our legal staff is hopeful that rulings in the talc ovarian cancer defective product lawsuits will help bring closure to victims and their families.
January 28th, 2015|
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in many products that are found in the United States today. Unfortunately, exposure to Asbestos can lead to serious health complications, including a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma.
While most Americans believe they aren’t at risk of Asbestos exposure, nothing could be further from the truth. Asbestos is used in a number of common items including insulation and cosmetics. In fact, one recent study linked Asbestos found in Talcum powder to a case of a woman who died of lung cancer.
According to a study released by Maney Online, researchers analyzed 50 containers of a specific brand of cosmetic Talcum powder and found a significant quantity of Asbestos in the product. The team then examined tissue samples collected from a woman who died of Mesothelioma and testified to only using that specific brand of Talcum powder. They found no other factors that could have led to the woman’s exposure to Asbestos and determined she had developed the cancer as a result of using the powder.
This particular case of Talcum powder cancer raises questions as to what the U.S. is doing to protect citizens from exposure to Asbestos.
That’s why its so important to have an attorney by your side if you’ve developed cancer as a result of exposure to Asbestos and the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help.
January 21st, 2015|
Manufacturers of medical products have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure the items they sell are safe to use; however, problems sometimes arise during the manufacturing and distribution processes that allow dangerous products to make their way onto the market. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls thousands of medical products each year due to defects. Furthermore, the agency reports a 97 percent increase in defective medical product recalls between the years of 2003 and 2012.
You may be wondering, “What are some of the most common types of defects found in medical products today?” FDA research indicates three of the most regularly reported problems include:
- Design Flaws– These occur when the product’s maker fails to recognize problems before a product is manufactured. Typically, these are issues that go undiscovered during testing. A fine example is the DePuy hip recall that was initiated after reports began to surface of the metal-on-metal hip replacement device wearing out prematurely.
- Manufacturing Errors– Such problems include failing to assemble a product correctly or using unsafe parts or ingredients. The risk of developing cancer after using products containing talcum powder is an example.
- Contamination– In the prescription drug world, introducing toxic or unwanted ingredients into a medication is very serious concern today. Some drugs have been found to contain not only unwanted ingredients, but also pathogens and diseases.
So now that you know what some of the common causes for a defective medical product are, you may be asking what you can do to protect yourself from such harm. The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest checking your products and medications for recalls on a regular basis and also asking plenty of questions to your doctor or pharmacist before beginning to use a new product.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!