Hair Relaxers Have Been Linked to Cancer—Our Product Liability Attorneys Fight for Justice
Chemical hair straightening products—commonly referred to as “hair relaxers”—have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. New studies have come out linking chemical hair relaxers to an increased risk of both breast cancer and uterine cancer. Alarmingly, black women are at an especially heightened risk due to higher levels of use. Victims are filing lawsuits against major companies, including L’Oréal, Pantene, Softsheen Carson, and Schwarzkopf.
At Bernheim Kelley, LLC, our product liability attorneys are actively investigating hair relaxer lawsuits. We fight tirelessly to get justice and full financial compensation for victims and their families. If you or your loved one developed breast cancer, uterine cancer, or another type of cancer after using a hair relaxer, we are here to help. To set up a free, no-obligation initial consultation with a hair relaxer lawsuit attorney, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Lawsuits are being filed against the companies that are responsible for the production, marketing, and selling of chemical hair straighteners (hair relaxers) because these products have been linked to cancer and some other serious health complications. More specifically, these products have been linked to a heightened risk of:
Black women are at especially high risk due to higher levels of use of these products. As reported by the local news station KSDK, studies have shown that black women account for as much as 60% of chemical hair relaxer use in the United States. This is despite the fact that black women make up just 6% of the total population.
The most important thing that you need to know is that chemical hair relaxers have been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Here is a more comprehensive overview of the recent peer-reviewed studies which have established the connection:
The danger associated with chemical hair straighteners must be taken seriously. A more comprehensive investigation is currently happening to determine what major companies should have known and what they failed to do to protect the health and safety of innocent people.
Why have chemical hair straighteners been linked to higher rates of breast cancer and uterine cancer? The NIH says that a lot of research still needs to be done on the specifics. That being said, we know that the hair relaxers used by women in the studies—the most common products available on the market—include several chemical compounds that are known human health hazards. The carcinogens found in hair relaxers include:
Many cosmetic companies manufacture, market, and sell chemical hair straighteners. In fact, several companies own multiple different hair relaxer brands. A number of different major corporations have been named as defendants in hair relaxer cancer lawsuits, including L’Oréal, Pantene, Softsheen Carson, and Schwarzkopf. The hair relaxer brands that may be affected include:
This is a non-exhaustive list. Many more chemical hair relaxer brands are affected by these safety issues. If you or your family member has used a hair relaxer and developed breast cancer or uterine cancer, you should consult with an experienced attorney regardless of whether or not you have seen any reports on the specific product. All hair relaxer cancer cases must be investigated.
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As with other types of product liability and mass tort claims, there is a statute of limitations that applies to hair relaxer cancer lawsuits. In effect, this means that you will only have a limited amount of time to file your claim. How long do you have to bring a hair relaxer lawsuit for breast cancer or uterine cancer? It depends on several factors, including your state or residence. The statute of limitations may be as little as one or two years.
That being said, in most jurisdictions, including Florida, there is a “discovery rule” when applying the statute of limitations. Do not assume that you are outside of the statute of limitations. The clock does not start ticking until the date that the plaintiff (victim or family) knew or should have known about their claim. Hair relaxer lawsuits are new cases. The time to take action is now: Contact an experienced hair relaxer lawsuit attorney for immediate help with your case.
A number of different lawsuits have been filed against hair relaxer companies. With the recent study from the NIH linking chemical relaxers to uterine cancer, more lawsuits are expected in the coming months and years. Here are some recent examples of hair relaxer lawsuits:
Are you considering filing a hair relaxer lawsuit against a company? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the wrongful death of a family member. You may be eligible for compensation through a hair relaxer lawsuit if:
Are you considering filing a lawsuit against one or more of the companies that produced and sold chemical hair relaxer products? It is imperative that you have an understanding of how the legal process works. These are highly complex cases. Your claim may be an individual lawsuit or part of a class action lawsuit. Here is a basic overview of the steps that you should take:
Manufacturers, marketers, distributors, and retailers have a responsibility to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for consumers. The corporations that make and sell hair relaxers are no exception, Unfortunately, serious safety questions are now being raised about chemical hair relaxing products and cancer risk. At Bernheim Kelley, LLC, our law firm is committed to helping victims and families get justice, accountability, and the maximum available financial support. We have deep experience handling complex dangerous and defective product claims. Among other things, our product liability attorneys are prepared to:
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