Products on the market should be safe for consumers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Manufacturers do not always take the necessary steps to protect consumers, which can lead to hazardous products landing in the hands of buyers. One such product is chemical hair straighteners. A new study from the National Institute of Health demonstrates that common use of chemical hair straightening products can double the risk of uterine cancer in women.
Our team at Brayton Purcell LLP is committed to holding manufacturers accountable and keeping the public informed of risks to their health. If you were diagnosed with uterine cancer after using a chemical hair straightener, you could be eligible for compensation. To learn more about your legal options, reach out today.
Hair Straightener Chemicals Linked to Doubling Risk of Uterine Cancer
The National Institute of Health found that women who used chemical hair straightening or relaxing products more than four times a year had a 4% risk of developing uterine cancer by the time they were 70 years old. This risk was more than double the risk for those who did not use any hair straightening products. The study, published in October of 2022, involved over 33,000 women monitored over the course of 10 years. Black women, who consisted of 60% of the study’s participants, were found to be particularly affected due to their greater frequency of use of hair-relaxing products.
Causes of Uterine Cancer in Chemical Hair Straightening Products
Researchers determined that carcinogenic chemicals in hair straightening products, including parabens, metals, and formaldehyde, are being absorbed through the scalp as the product is used. These chemicals disrupt hormones in the body, contributing to the risks of hormonal complications such as uterine cancer and endometriosis.
Lawsuits have been filed against L’Oréal and Soft Sheen-Carson. Other brands could also be liable if their products were affected.
Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Cancer
The following symptoms can be signs of uterine cancer:
- Cramping, pain, or pressure in the lower abdomen
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting post-menopause
- White or clear vaginal discharge post-menopause
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Anyone dealing with these symptoms should prioritize seeing a healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you suspect that these health issues stem from hair straightening treatments, get in touch with an attorney to go over your legal options.
Pursuing a Chemical Hair Relaxer Product Liability Lawsuit
When products injure consumers, pursuing legal action can be your best opportunity to recover damages and hold manufacturers accountable. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to help.
Eligibility to File a Hair Straightener Uterine Cancer Suit
You could be eligible to file a claim if you or a loved one:
- Have frequently used chemical hair straightening products
- Are diagnosed with uterine cancer
A hair straightener uterine cancer lawyer could review the circumstances of your case and help you determine whether you are eligible for compensation.
Statute of Limitations
It is important to recognize that there is not an unlimited amount of time to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for injury claims varies by state but can be as early as one year after the victim becomes aware of their injuries. It is best to act sooner rather than later if you believe a chemical hair straightener has caused you or a loved one harm. Taking prompt legal action gives an attorney time to gather evidence for your case and take care of all necessary legal steps within the required timeframe.
Damages You Can Recover
Cancer treatment can be physically, emotionally, and financially taxing for everyone involved. A dedicated lawyer could help you or your loved one recover the compensation for the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, travel costs, and more. This compensation can be reached through a hair straightener settlement or, if no settlement is reached with the company, by taking the claim to court for a trial verdict.
Contact an Experienced Attorney to File Your Hair Straightener Uterine Cancer Claim
If you or a loved have been diagnosed with uterine cancer after using a chemical hair straightener, it can be overwhelming to manage the medical costs and emotional turmoil. Our team at Brayton Purcell LLP is committed to supporting victims and holding manufacturers accountable.
We are now accepting hair straightener uterine cancer lawsuits nationwide. We offer free initial consultations to review the circumstances of your case and explore your legal options. Contact us to get started.