Talc or talcum powder is a product that’s been around for decades. Historically, it’s typically used as one of the main ingredients in baby powder, a product that parents use on their infants and that women use to keep the groin area dry and odor free. It’s a popular product that can be found in just about every store in the country, from major chains to small gas stations. Unfortunately, its availability does not speak to its safety, which is being challenged in light of several lawsuits that have come forward linking talc powder to ovarian cancer.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, which is a mineral comprised mainly of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talc is ground up into a fine powder and serves the purpose of absorbing excess moisture and cutting down on friction. It can also be used to help keep pesky rashes at bay, which is why it’s been such a popular product for both babies and women seeking to keep their private areas dry and fresh.
Talcum powder is widely used in consumer products, from body and facial powders to cosmetics, and is even being used in some instances as a food additive. Its most popular use though, by far, is in hygienic products, such as genital deodorant sprays, that are marketed towards women. It’s so popular in fact, that experts estimate that somewhere around one in five American women use talcum powder in the genital area on a regular basis.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer: What the Facts Say
For years now there have been claims that use of talcum powder contributes to the development of ovarian cancer in women. Research into this matter has actually been going on for decades, with the first mention of the link between talc and cancer being in a 1971 study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study, authored by W. J. Henderson, investigated 13 tumors that had been removed from a patient living with ovarian cancer. Of all the tumors studied, researchers found that 10 of them contained particles of talc.
Fast forward to 2008, when Harvard epidemiologist, Dr. Margaret Gates, confirms that using talcum powder on a weekly basis increases the risk for ovarian cancer by 33%. Going further into her research, Dr. Gates went on to claim that products like Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower powder raises that risk even higher, to 41%.
Manufacturers in Question
The number of talcum powder based lawsuits has increased substantially as new research studies have appeared in the scope of the public eye. One of the largest lawsuits was filed in 2013, against major manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, asserting that the plaintiff’s 30+ year use of talc-based powder products contributed to her ovarian cancer. Although the plaintiff passed away before that trial concluded, the jury awarded $72 million in actual and punitive damages.
A disturbing part about that case is Johnson & Johnson’s knowledge of the risks of using its talcum powder. Internal company documents revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew about risks associated with talcum powder and made the conscious decision not to change its ingredients. To this day, Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products do not contain any warnings to alert consumers of the dangers of talc. The company also continues to deny any link between talc and ovarian cancer, despite the research that has been conducted on the matter.
Know Your Rights, Talk to an Attorney
The fact of the matter is, as a consumer, you deserve to be made aware of serious risks associated with the use or consumption of a specific product. If you aren’t made aware of these risks, you are no longer able to adequately protect yourself and your family Manufacturers, who refuse to warn consumers increase the chances that innocent lives will be lost.
Remember, you have rights, and if you’re a woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has used talc-based products, those rights may have been violated by the manufacturer. Talk to the attorneys at Carr & Carr. We can review your case and let you know if you’re eligible to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our attorneys believe in being accountable, compassionate, and supportive every step of the way. Contact us online or give us a call today at 1-888-232-5158.
If you or a loved one has been injured due a button battery, you may be entitled to compensation from the maker and seller of the button battery and the device that came with the battery.
Ever year, more than 2,800 kids in the U.S. are treated in hospitals after ingesting button batteries. Button batteries are small batteries frequently found in small electronics, such as greeting cards, toys, flashlights, etc. Unfortunately, button batteries are extremely toxic for young children and can cause serious injury or death. In Oklahoma, a young girl died from ingesting a battery in 2015.
Typically, the most dangerous type of ingestion occurs when the button battery becomes stuck in the child’s esophagus or stomach. The problem with these batteries is that the batteries can create an electric current when it comes into contact with things such as water, saliva or other bodily fluids. When such an event occurs, an electrical current is created which produces a chemical called “hydroxide”. This chemical can damage tissue in as little as two hours. Further compounding the problem is when the button battery gets stuck in the esophagus or sits in the stomach. When this happen, the leaking goes on indefinitely while burning the tissues of the stomach and esophagus.
This picture shows what happens when a button battery stays in contact with a piece of sausage for 2 hours and 45 minutes. As you can see, the battery burns away at the sausage, leaving a deep burn. This is the same process that occurs when the battery becomes lodged inside the child’s body.
Often, responsibility lies on the manufacturer of the product for making an unsafe battery and on the seller for selling an unsafe product and failing to warn the consumer of the battery button’s danger. Many times, the product that contains the battery does not properly warn the consumer that the product contains a deadly battery that can be easily swallowed. Further, some products make it too easy for a child to access the button battery.
There has been an increase in the amount of lawsuits filed against the makers and sellers of these button batteries as more children are becoming injured and\or killed everyday from these products. There has also been an increase in the amount of lawsuits filed against these businesses as the evidence of a safer alternative has become clearer.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a button battery, you may have a case against the manufacturer and\or seller of the product and battery. Our lawyers have experiencing pursuing cases against the makers and sellers of dangerous products. Pursuing a case against the manufacturer and seller will not only help compensate you for your loss but will also help encourage the manufacturer and seller to create safer products. We help people around the United States so please contact Carr and Carr Attorneys today to see if we can help. Also, be sure to preserve any evidence of the product so our lawyers can have the evidence examined.
Video Transcription: If you’ve been riding in a bus say on the way to work and the bus is involved in a wreck, the bus company might be at fault, it might not depends on the circumstances. If you have any questions call us at Carr and Carr and we can help you.
The safety of children is of the utmost importance, which is why paying attention to the nursery products your children use could save their lives. Car seat safety is one of the most important factors in keeping your child save in the car.
Car Seat Safety Facts:
An estimated 46% of car and booster seats (59% of car seats and 20% of booster seats) are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness
Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles
In the United States during 2013, 638 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes,4and more than 127,250 were injured
If you or someone you know has a child that has been injured by a defective car seat or nursery product, contact the attorneys at Carr & Carr today! Carr & Carr’s personal injury attorneys can help you no matter where in the U.S. you live. With offices located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as Springdale in Northwest Arkansas, the attorneys at Carr & Carr can help you determine your next steps. We help families who live in states other than Oklahoma and Arkansas, as well.
Every year young children are involved in car wrecks. It’s very important that young children be placed in government approved child safety seats, because that save lives and prevent serious injuries.
What is a dangerous product? How can you tell a product is dangerous? Well, the term Dangerous product is very ambiguous, it can include anything from unsafe children’s toys, to defective medical devices. The main objective for a product to be considered defective, or dangerous, is that it must be deemed as “unreasonably dangerous” to the consumer.
Injured by Dangerous Product?
Remember these tips if you or someone you love has been injured by a product you feel is dangerous:
Seek medical treatment as quickly as possible
Take notes about how the injury occurred
Keep the product that caused injury
Store the product in a safe place until your claim is resolved
Contact Carr & Carr- the sooner you talk with us, the sooner we can start to help
People wonder well what makes a product unreasonably dangerous because some products are dangerous but not unreasonably dangerous. Well under our law unreasonably dangerous is what the typical consumer believes to be more dangerous than it has to be. For instance, a battery that explodes when you hook it up to a car. Batteries can explode but they’re not supposed to when you’re just hooking them up to a car. So that could make a battery unreasonably dangerous.
Family always comes first, at Carr & Carr we know the most important job you have in life is to protect your family. When you take your child to a youth organization, or a day care, you expect that your child is in good hands and that they will be safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and child abuse can occur in these organizations. If this difficult event does happen, the attorneys at Carr & Carr can help the family with:
Filing a claim against the person or facility responsible for the abuse
Help refer you to counselors who specialize in child abuse
Protect your family from the media
Help you understand your rights and your child’s rights
If you suspect that your child has been a victim of abuse you should contact a lawyer at Carr & Carr Attorneys, 877-392-4878 today.
If you have been abused as a child particularly in a youth organization you should tell DHS Department Human Services right away and law enforcement personnel because there are some things they can do. Also, you can think about a civil lawsuit brought against the abuser and the association’s he was a member of at the time of the abuse.
Uninsured Motorist Insurance is not required, but could definitely be useful to purchase. Considering that over 30% of drivers are uninsured, it is well worth the money to ensure that you are covered in an accident when the other driver is uninsured or underinsured.
Again, you don’t have to purchase uninsured motorist insurance, but it is definitely a good idea to. We’ve had many clients who have been seriously hurt in a car wreck where the at fault driver did not carry any automobile liability insurance. If the client did not carry any uninsured\underinsured motorist coverage, then generally the client is not able to recover any compensation because there is no insurance coverage to go after.
What can also happen is you could be seriously hurt in a car wreck and the at fault driver has automobile liability insurance but only carries the minimum amount of $25,000.00. For example, if you are in a car wreck and have $100,000.00 in medical bills and the at fault driver only has a minimum insurance policy of $25,000.00, then you will have a hard time paying off your medical bills let alone recovering anything for your pain and suffering. However, if you carry uninsured\underinsured motorist coverage, then your insurance will kick in and compensate you for the value of your claim (up to the amount of your policy).
If you or a loved on have been in an car accident with an uninsured motorist, call the attorneys at Carr & Carr. We at Carr & Carr do more than simply fight for our clients. Every one of us, from the receptionist waiting to greet you to the paralegals and attorneys, genuinely cares about you. We will listen to you and provide comfort and support when you need it. We have offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Northwest Arkansas. Plus, we’ll drive to meet you no matter where you may live or work.
Call a Lawyer Before Agreeing to Recorded Statement!
Have you been asked for a recorded statement by an insurance company after being involved in a car accident? The first step you should take is contacting a lawyer. Recorded statements requested by the at-fault person’s insurance company can often times work against you and your case. For example, they make ask you a trick or confusing question where you accidentally say something that isn’t true and that works against you. You are under no obligation to give a recorded statement.
Already Gave a Recorded Statement?
Even if you have already recorded a statement, contact Carr & Carr personal injury attorneys, we can likely help you! Just because you have been hurt does not mean that you are powerless. At Carr & Carr, we fight for the rights of the individual, whether your claim involves an insurance company, a huge corporation, or a federal, state or local governmental agency. We have offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Northwest Arkansas.
Whether you are run down in a crosswalk while crossing the street, mauled by the neighbor’s dog, or rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, you might suffer debilitating injuries. Some injury victims are tempted to personally negotiate their legal claim for financial compensation with the at-fault party’s insurance company only to realize they have made a grave mistake after receiving a lowball settlement or no recovery at all. An insurance adjuster will salivate at the prospect of taking on a self-represented party because this is akin to a little league baseball player trying to face a major league pitcher. Our experienced Oklahoma and Arkansas Personal Injury Attorneys at Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law, have provided an overview of ways that a skilled and experienced lawyer can add value to your case.
Determining the Value of Your Claim: A fundamental aspect of negotiating a settlement or pursuing a verdict at trial for an injury claim involves properly estimating the value of a case. This is a complex process because many factors impact the value of a claim, such as: severity of injury, nature of permanent disability, medical bills, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, strength of evidence of fault, comparative fault of the injury victim, availability of insurance, policy limits, egregious nature of the conduct, amount of property damage, and a multitude of other factors. At Carr and Carr, we have experience evaluating cases based on weighing the factors that impact damages because of the large number of cases they have handled. Our law firm will consider our past cases as well as the difference between those cases and the current case. We also conduct research on verdicts and settlements involving similar types of accidents and injuries from similar cases in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Navigating Complex Legal Standards, Evidentiary Rules & Applicable Procedures: For the uninitiated, the civil litigation process is a minefield that is extremely difficult to navigate. Whether the hurdle involves the special notice requirements required to sue a public entity or complying with the statute of limitations to avoid being barred from filing a lawsuit, the failure to navigate these procedures can have a devastating impact. A personal injury lawyer understands the legal standards that apply to a particular negligence claim, such as the standard of ordinary care for a motorist in a car accident or the higher standard applicable to a physician in a medical malpractice case. A layperson can have trouble working within the many technical rules that are second nature for an insurance defense lawyer with extensive law school training and practice experience.
Litigation Resources: The cost to pursue a personal injury claim easily can be tens of thousands of dollars or more. Effective litigation of a tractor-trailer, medical malpractice, defective product, or other type of case involves a broad range of expenses that can include filing fees, expert witness fees, video production costs, exhibit preparation cost, court reporter fees, postage, copying costs, and many other expenses. Even if an injury victim can afford the cost of litigation, Carr & Carr advances the costs on lawsuit-related expenses.
Shifting Risk of Loss: When Carr and Carr decides to represent an injury victim, we assume financial risk of a defense verdict at trial. Because we handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, we do not collect attorney fees unless and until they obtain a settlement or judgment. This means we risk not being compensated for the time and effort invested in pursuing the case. Further we absorb the expenses, so the entire financial risk of pursuing a legal claim in this type of lawsuit falls on the law firm.
Access to Network of Experts: Law firms that routinely represent victims of a motorcycle crash, slip and fall, rollover accident, or other type of incident causing injury will routinely work with individuals with specialized knowledge. A compelling claim frequently requires several experts in diverse areas like accident reconstruction, engineering, medical disciplines, vocational training, mental health, and more. A layperson faces an enormous challenge in locating, evaluating, and affording experts when unrepresented.
If you have suffered injury because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of an individual, corporation, or public entity, our personal injury lawyers at Carr & Carr are fierce advocates for injury victims. Our law firm is committed to holding individuals and entities accountable for unsafe acts and intentional misconduct that harms others. Our law firm has offices located in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Northwest Arkansas in Springdale, so call us today at 877-392-4878 to schedule your free consultation or click here.