Last time, we briefly mentioned a recently published study which found a link between talcum powder use and the development of ovarian cancer. As we noted, the study authors concluded that more research needs to be done to determine whether there is a causal relationship there.
One important issue to understand when it comes to civil litigation is that there is a certain evidentiary standard that must be met. This standard is “preponderance of the evidence.” In talcum powder cases, this standard requires a plaintiff to prove that it is more likely than not that the plaintiff’s use of talcum powder caused ovarian cancer in their case.
Proving causation between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer requires, then, proving that there is at least a 51 percent chance that the use of talcum powder caused the plaintiff’s ovarian cancer. This requires, first of all, demonstrating that the plaintiff regularly used or had regular exposure to the product. It also requires excluding and minimizing other potential causes of ovarian cancer.
Making a strong case for causation in talcum powder cases also requires presenting the scientific evidence supporting a causal link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Although it may not be the case that there is unanimous agreement on this point, there are studies out there which do strongly suggest a causal connection. Carefully presenting this research is necessary to help a jury come to the conclusion that it is more likely than not that talcum powder caused harm to the patient.
A skilled attorney is necessary to build the strongest possible talcum powder case. Our firm is committed to each and every one of our clients and works to ensure they have the best possible representation.