Woman Awarded $70 Million in a Case Against Johnson & Johnson
It’s always scary to hear about companies failing to warn consumers about the dangers of their products. Ideally, you hope that companies will have the best interests of their consumers in mind. However — when something does slip through the cracks, and a product that’s unsafe or has potential dangerous side effects goes to market, it’s always good to hear about the court system standing by the consumers.
A court recently found Johnson & Johnson guilty of not informing their consumers of the connection between the use of their talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Deborah Giannecchini had been using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product for more than 40 years. Three years ago she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
According to Giannecchini’s lawyer, Johnson & Johnson had been presented with 30 years worth of studies linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer. It was clear to the jury, who ruled in favor of the plaintiff, that Johnson & Johnson should have been warning their customers about this risk. Giannecchini was awarded more than $70 million.
Giannecchini was not alone in her claim. Around 1,700 others have filed similar claims against Johnson & Johnson. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder use, be sure to contact an attorney to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
When big businesses fail to protect us, it’s always good to turn to an experienced lawyer, someone who has your back and will fight for you. At Oxner + Permar, we’re passionate about protecting our client’s rights.
If You’re Out of Work Because of an Injury, You’re Entitled to Benefits!
Depending on the extent of your work injury, you might not be able to return to work right away. This could put you in an incredibly difficult situation. You’ve got bills to pay, groceries to buy, and now additional medical expenses to cover. How can you possibly focus on your recovery when you have so much else on your plate?
The good news is, NC law takes this into consideration. If you are unable to return to work due to your work injuries, the insurance company has to pay your workers’ comp benefits at a rate of two-thirds of your weekly wage.
It may happen that you are able to return to work, but due to work restrictions from your injury, you can’t return to your full job. In these cases, chances are you will be assigned a different role at a lower pay. This can be just as hard on your budget as no pay at all, which is why workers’ compensation benefits will cover two-thirds of the difference between your old salary and your new salary. This will help alleviate the financial burden brought on by your work injury.
Your weekly salary is determined by your regular income; it also takes into account additional wages such as bonuses, overtime, and allowances. If you have any questions about calculating your weekly wages or your workman’s compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. The insurance company may be responsible for paying a portion of your lost wages.
Don’t go without pay after a work injury! Be sure that you’re being fairly compensated. With more than $275m in awards and settlements, Oxner + Permar has the experience to fight for you and ensure that you’re getting the benefits you deserve.