For years, African American and other women of color in the United States have relied on hair relaxer products to style their hair for personal or professional reasons. Now, research indicates that the chemicals used in these products increase the likelihood of certain types of cancer, including but not limited to uterine and endometrial cancers. Long-term users of hair relaxer products are pursuing legal action after developing uterine cancer and other dangerous conditions.
If you are living with uterine or endometrial cancer after using hair relaxer products for several years, you might be entitled to bring a hair relaxer claim seeking compensation. Our experienced product liability attorneys can help you hold the makers of these products accountable. Reach out to Childers, Schlueter & Smith to learn about your options regarding a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit.
Health Issues Linked to Hair Relaxers
There are serious medical conditions that have been linked to the long-term use of hair relaxers, since these products include chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic. Over time, the use of these products can result in health issues that include:
- Uterine cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Uterine fibroids
While uterine cancer is the condition that is most commonly linked to hair relaxers, each of these could be caused by extended use. Any person that used these products regularly and developed uterine or endometrial cancer should seek legal counsel if they now suffer from any of these conditions.
Hair Relaxer History and Recall Information
There have been reports of harmful effects linked to hair relaxers for years. In 2017, research identified a link between hair relaxers and breast cancer. Later studies also found a link with uterine cancer, which is one of the more common diagnoses related to hair relaxer products.
Despite numerous reported issues with various brands of hair relaxers, there has not yet been a formal recall ordered by the federal government. Instead, only a very small subset of manufacturers has recalled individual brands of hair relaxers due to many complaints. Specifically, manufacturer L’Oréal recalled its Dark and Lovely brand of hair relaxer recently. However, these recalls do nothing for anyone already suffering from their use of these dangerous products.
Types of Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
There are different options available when it comes to pursuing a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit. However, there are many potential victims, which can complicate the process of seeking justice because it can lead to multiple lawsuits against the manufacturer, which can slow the progress down for everyone.
There are two different legal options that many people consider prior to filing a hair relaxer lawsuit. The first is joining a class action lawsuit. With a class action lawsuit, a small number of individuals manage a lawsuit that represents the interests of many others impacted by the cancerous effects of hair relaxers. While individual parties do not have control over their cases, they are also not responsible for many of the costs. Here at the CSS Firm, we do NOT handle class actions. We bring only individual actions on behalf of those suffering the most. In our opinion, the hair relaxer cancer actions are too serious for a class action.
Plaintiffs that would rather maintain control of their own case could instead find themselves in multidistrict litigation (MDL), which takes several individual lawsuits filed in federal and state courts around the country. This action brings the individually filed actions into a single court or federal district. This can simplify the process of handling numerous lawsuits that have the same defendants and similar facts and lead to faster resolutions at time.
Learn if Your Cancer Diagnosis Can Justify a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit
If you are living with a uterine or endometrial cancer diagnosis after the long-term use of hair relaxer products, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering and your economic losses. Challenging large manufacturers might seem intimidating but Childers, Schlueter & Smith can provide more information on what would be necessary to mount a lawsuit. Call our product liability attorneys to discuss your options with a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit during a free consultation.