Millions of women across America use chemical products known as hair relaxers to straighten naturally curly or textured hair until new growth begins. Consumers believed that this product was reasonably safe to use as directed. Unfortunately, increasing evidence suggests that long-term use of hair relaxers correlates with a substantial increase in the risk of developing uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Dozens of hair relaxer lawsuits are ongoing against the various corporations that produce and sell these products. Many of these cases have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) by a federal judge in Chicago. If you believe your uterine, ovarian, or endometrial cancer diagnosis was caused primarily by your use of a hair relaxer product, consult the products liability attorneys at OnderLaw as soon as possible. Our experienced lawyers can help determine if you can file a claim or join one in progress. We are committed to helping you seek justice for the harm you should have never suffered.
Hair relaxers work by breaking down the protein structure of treated hair using several chemicals, including phthalates (“plasticizers”) and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Many such products contain a specific type of phthalate called Di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP), a toxic and likely carcinogenic substance linked to abnormalities in fetal development and infertility in women.
In October 2022, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded, based on over 10 years of study, that women who used hair relaxers were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer compared to women who did not. Other studies have indicated a link between hair relaxer use and an increased risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer..
Every manufacturing company has a legal duty to research the safety of its products thoroughly before releasing them for sale. These companies must also inform prospective consumers about every known risk, side effect, and contraindication associated with their products. Despite this, many hair relaxer manufacturers failed to tell consumers about the increase in cancer rates associated with their products.
Through a successful lawsuit or settlement demand against one of these manufacturers, our attorneys can help you and your family recover compensation for every one of your losses stemming from hair relaxer use. This includes short-term losses like medical bills as well as various long-term effects of a severe illness caused by hair relaxer use, such as:
Every state has different filing deadlines for these cases, so you should contact OnderLaw to discuss your situation as soon as possible. We can explain your legal options, take the lead in pursuing your hair relaxer lawsuit, and seek justice on your behalf. Our team doesn’t just take on cases—we take on causes.
Companies like L’Oréal sold hair relaxer products to millions of people for decades without ever informing them of the severe risks. These companies may hold civil liability for millions of dollars in losses sustained by innocent consumers who suffered undue harm.
However, hair relaxer manufacturers have substantial legal teams and significant resources to fight lawsuits and avoid paying the compensation you deserve. That’s where OnderLaw comes in. We know how to stand up to these companies and fight to hold them accountable. Contact us today to discuss hair relaxer lawsuits and learn how we can be your steadfast advocates throughout the legal process.