If you have not yet heard about the serious injuries and wrongful deaths attributed to the use of talcum powder, it may seem surprising that such a seemingly benign product could cause so much harm. There are plenty of dangerous products out there – exploding airbags, E-cigarettes, and more, but talcum powder? Since parents have used talcum powder on their infants for years, it comes as a harsh surprise to many to learn that this seemingly innocuous product has allegedly caused harm severe enough to result in several multi-million dollar jury verdicts. If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered harm after using a talcum powder product, you should contact a Traverse City or Grand Rapids talcum powder lawyer at the Neumann Law Group.
Thousands of talc-related lawsuits are pending across the country, with the majority of the plaintiffs being women who allegedly developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes. (Some plaintiffs are the surviving family members of women who died from ovarian cancer). However, not all of the plaintiffs are women, nor are the alleged injuries caused by talc products limited to cancer of the female reproductive system. For example, a jury in another state awarded substantial damages to a man who claimed that he developed mesothelioma after using a talcum powder product known as “Shower to Shower” for many years. Some have alleged that, since talc deposits can sometimes be found near naturally occurring asbestos, there is a risk of cross-contamination. Not surprisingly, the major manufacturer of talcum powder products has denied this allegation.Seeking Damages for Injuries Caused by Talcum Powder
A talcum powder attorney in Grand Rapids or Traverse City may be able to invoke multiple theories of liability on your behalf. In some product injury cases, a plaintiff may allege that there is an inherent defect in the design of the product, thus making all such products unreasonably dangerous. This theory of liability is known as a “defective design” claim. By contrast, sometimes only a small number of products are found to be defective, usually due to a mistake that was made during the manufacturing process. Other cases proceed under the theory that the plaintiff should have been warned of the dangers of the product in question; these cases are known as “marketing defect” or “failure to warn” cases. Of course, each case is unique, and a person who has been hurt by a defective or unreasonably dangerous product should speak to an experienced injury attorney about the details of his or her case as soon as possible so that the case may be properly investigated, expert witnesses may be retained, and a claim for damages may be filed in the appropriate court before the expiration of the statute of limitations.
Product liability lawsuits often come down to a “battle of the experts,” in which the jury must decide whether to accept the testimony of the plaintiff’s expert or the expert of the defendant manufacturer, wholesaler, or seller, who typically denies the allegations of the plaintiff. A Grand Rapids or Traverse City talcum powder attorney can retain a knowledgeable expert on your behalf. They can render a professional opinion regarding the allegedly dangerous or defective product and how it failed to conform to the claims made by the manufacturer or generally failed to meet the reasonable expectations of ordinary consumers.Speak to a Michigan Lawyer About a Product Liability Claim
The experienced product liability lawyers at the Neumann Law Group have been helping Michigan residents seek compensation for injuries and deaths caused by others’ negligence and wrongdoing for many years. If you live in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing, Muskegon, Midland, Holland, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Wyoming, Saginaw, Warren, Petoskey, or anywhere on the Upper Peninsula, call us at (800) 525-6386 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a talcum powder lawyer at our Grand Rapids and Traverse City firm. We do not charge fees unless we recover compensation for you.