A recent government study suggests that frequent use of chemical hair straighteners or relaxers may increase women's risk of developing certain cancers, having fertility issues, and getting serious fibroids. The ingredients used in these products may play a part in these health problems, as they are known endocrine system disrupters. Several women have filed lawsuits against the product manufacturers, seeking compensation for the harm they suffered.
If you believe that you might have a case in Pennsylvania, contact Metzger Wickersham at (888) 286-2850. Please note: When in the client's best interest, these cases may be referred to other law firms.
What Are the Hair Straightener Lawsuits About?
The hair straightener and relaxer industry is being rocked by several lawsuits alleging that the products have caused breast and uterine cancer, infertility, and serious uterine fibroids. Many of the claims are based on an 11-year-long study by the National Institutes of Health.
The researchers followed over 33,000 women and found that those who used chemical straighteners or relaxers four times or more annually were twice as likely to develop breast or uterine cancer than those who did not. The results also suggest that the women were more likely to have fertility issues and be diagnosed with fibroids requiring surgical removal.
Who May Be Eligible to Take Legal Action?
Chemical hair straighteners and relaxers are a common staple in the beauty routines of people of color. Approximately 90% of African Americans use such products to smooth out their curls, often beginning at a young age.
Several individuals have recently taken legal action against the companies behind these products.
Those who may have a case include individuals who:
- Used chemical straighteners or relaxers at least four times in one year and
- Have been diagnosed with uterine or breast cancer, severe fibroids requiring surgery, or infertility after using the product.
What Evidence Is There That These Products May Cause Health Issues?
The government study has shown that chemical straighteners and relaxers contain formaldehyde and phthalates, known endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The endocrine system regulates hormones, ensuring that the body develops and functions correctly. When it is disrupted, estrogen and other reproductive hormones are thrown off balance, which can lead to health problems, including cancer.
What Are the Possible Outcomes of These Lawsuits?
If it is found that the companies who manufactured and/or distributed chemical hair straighteners knew or should have known about the potential dangers but failed to warn consumers, they could be liable for damages.
Those affected could recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Medical bills,
- Lost wages,
- Costs of the products, and
- Pain and suffering.
What Can You Do If You Were Affected?
If you used a chemical straightener or relaxer and suffered health problems, contact an attorney immediately. They can review your information and guide the next steps for seeking compensation and other remedies.
Schedule a consultation by calling us at (888) 286-2850 or contacting us online.
Please note: When in the best interest of the client, these cases may be referred to other law firms.