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Do I Qualify for Compensation in the Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit?

March 27, 2023 in

A recent National Institutes of Health study found a possible link between hair products and certain types of cancer. According to the NIH, people who used straightening products in the previous 12 months experienced higher rates of uterine cancer than those who did not. The association was stronger when comparing more frequent use of hair straightening products such as hair relaxers.

At SPBMCC, we believe that customers are entitled to safe products that do not jeopardize their quality of life, and companies that fail to prioritize safety should be held accountable. Read on to find out if you may be eligible to file a claim related to uterine cancer after hair relaxer use.

What is the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

The hair relaxer lawsuit refers to a number of legal cases filed against manufacturers of hair relaxer products. Hair relaxers, typically marketed to women of color, are chemical treatments designed to straighten hair by breaking the protein bonds that give the hair its natural texture. The lawsuits allege that the products contain dangerous chemicals that can cause serious health problems, such as scalp burns, hair loss, and cancer.

Many of these lawsuits have resulted in significant settlements or judgments in favor of the plaintiffs. If you or someone you know has experienced an adverse reaction following the use of hair relaxers, it is crucial to contact a lawyer to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.

What Products Are Concerned in the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

Almost 60 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts over chemicals used to straighten textured hair permanently. The lawsuits allege that the companies knew their products contained dangerous chemicals but marketed and sold them anyway. 

Some of the products of concern include:

  • Brazilian Blowout®
  • Crème of Nature®
  • Dark & Lovely®
  • Just for Me®
  • Motions®
  • Olive Oil Relaxer™
  • Optimum Care®
  • Organic Root Stimulator™
  • Soft & Beautiful®

What are the Steps to Take to File a Hair Relaxer Claim?

If you believe you have suffered harm from using a hair relaxer product, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer. Here are some steps to take if you are considering filing a hair relaxer claim:

  • Consult with a doctor or medical professional: Before taking any legal action, it is important to seek medical attention for any health problems you are experiencing. A doctor can document your injuries and provide medical records that can be used as evidence in your claim.
  • Gather evidence: Collect evidence supporting your claim, such as receipts for the hair relaxer product you used, medical records, and any correspondence you have had with the manufacturer or retailer.
  • Find an attorney: Consider hiring an attorney with experience in products liability cases. They can help you navigate the legal system and maximize your chances of receiving compensation.
  • File a complaint: Your attorney will file a complaint on your behalf, a legal document outlining your claim and the damages you seek.
  • Negotiate a settlement or go to trial: Depending on the strength of your case and the willingness of the manufacturer to settle, you may be able to negotiate a settlement that compensates you for your injuries.

It is important to note that the specific steps involved in filing a hair relaxer claim can vary depending on the circumstances of your case and the laws in your jurisdiction.

Consult With a New York Product Liability Attorney About a Potential Hair Relaxer Claim

If you have used any of the above products and are currently experiencing adverse health effects, it’s possible that you may have a claim and be eligible for compensation. Don’t wait, reach out to our team today to get the claim process started.

Our New York City product liability attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. stay up-to-date on the latest lawsuits related to adverse health effects to best serve victims of product liability claims. If you or someone you know has experienced an adverse reaction following the use of hair relaxers, please contact our team of attorneys by calling (212) 732-9000.

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