hair straightener and hair relaxer injuries

Multiple cosmetic companies, including L’Oréal, are facing an increasing number of lawsuits. Plaintiffs (victims) are blaming the companies for contracting uterine cancer after using their hair relaxer products. Our firm is currently accepting cases on behalf of women who regularly used chemical hair relaxer products and have since been diagnosed with uterine/ovarian cancer.

Who is at the Highest Risk of Cancer from Hair Relaxers?

Individuals who may be at the highest risk of developing uterine cancer from hair relaxers are those who have had repeated exposure over a number of years. Data from a medical study published in October 2022 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute demonstrated the association between hair relaxers and cancer. The study took place over the course of 10 years and found that women who regularly used hair relaxers were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with uterine cancer compared to women who did not. Furthermore, the more often these women used hair relaxers, the higher their risk of uterine cancer. Therefore, this study provided evidence of a clear and definitive link between hair relaxers and uterine cancer.

What Is the Danger of Hair Straighter & Hair Relaxer?

Hair relaxers are products used to straighten hair by using a strong combination of chemicals that attack the hair’s protein structure and cause it to flatten. In most of these products, chemicals are known as phthalates, also referred to as “plasticizers,” can be found due to their durability. However, a specific phthalate chemical called Di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (“DEHP,”) included in all hair relaxers, is considered a probable human carcinogen. In other words, it is a chemical known to cause significant adverse health effects, including reproductive dysfunction, infertility, and developmental abnormalities.

Compensation Available in a Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit

Any individual can file a lawsuit against L’Oreal, their parent company, and other cosmetic companies if they have been diagnosed with uterine cancer after years of regularly using hair relaxers. A successful lawsuit can result in compensation for your:
  • Current and future medical bills associated with cancer treatment.
  • Lost wages for the time you are unable to work.
  • Pain and suffering for the physical pain endured.
  • Emotional distress, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc., caused by your cancer diagnosis.
  • Burial and funeral expenses, loss of expected income, loss of services, and more in the event of wrongful death.
Since the first hair relaxer cancer lawsuits have just been filed, it is too early to know how much these cases are worth. However, suppose the evidence linking hair relaxers to uterine cancer holds up in court, the potential value of solid hair relaxer cancer cases could be anywhere between hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

Contact The Hair Relaxer Lawyers at CaseyGerry

We have the vast resources necessary to pursue a claim against a large corporation, such as L’Oréal, and they must be held accountable. Our injury lawyers in San Diego will make sure that happens and ensure you obtain the justice you deserve. Call (619) 304-5923 or send us a message online to arrange your free consultation today.

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