The use of several popular brands of hair relaxers may have dangerous consequences. New studies suggest there may be a link between these hair products and an increased risk of uterine cancer, which has led to over 100 pending lawsuits against manufacturers already filed as of April 2023.
You may be entitled to compensation if you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer after using hair relaxer. Filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses—including physical pain and emotional suffering—resulting from your diagnosis.
At Fieger Law, our defective product injury lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals across the United States harmed by dangerous products. Our team of skilled attorneys is committed to holding companies accountable for their actions and securing a fair settlement for our clients.
The Link Between Hair Relaxers and Uterine Cancer
Hair relaxers contain chemicals called phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors that can interfere with the body’s hormonal balance. This hormonal disruption has been found to increase the risk of certain cancers, including uterine cancer.
Hair relaxers may also contain other carcinogenic substances, including parabens, bisphenol A, heavy metals, and formaldehyde. The process of chemically relaxing hair may also cause burns or lesions on the scalp, increasing exposure to these chemicals.
A 2022 study found a higher correlation between uterine cancer and those who had used hair relaxing products in the prior decade. It also reported that those who had used relaxers more than four times in the past 12 months had a higher rate of uterine cancer.
A 2022 National Institute of Health article reported on a study that found women who frequently use hair relaxing products have a 4.05% increased risk of developing uterine cancer.
If you use hair relaxers and have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, Fieger Law can review your case and help you seek damages in a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit.
Who is Affected?
While all people with uteruses who use hair relaxers have an increased risk of developing uterine cancer, the risk may be highest among African American women, who are more likely to use hair relaxers more frequently.
In a study on the rising incidence of uterine cancer, around 60% of the participants who reported using chemical hair straightening products in the year before the study self-identified as African American women. Although this study did not find that these chemicals were more harmful for any one race than another, the rate of African American women affected was higher because they were more likely to use chemical hair straightening products than other races.
A previous study found that African American women were two to three times more likely to develop uterine leiomyomata than white women. The condition often results in a hysterectomy or increased mortality.
If you believe your uterine cancer is caused by using hair relaxers, consult the defective product injury lawyers at Fieger Law to help you recover damages for your injuries.
Can I Receive Compensation for Hair Relaxer-Related Cancer?
You may be eligible for compensation if you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer or any other type of cancer related to using hair relaxers. Hair relaxer manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure that their products are safe for use, and failure to do so may make them liable for any injuries or harm caused.
To receive compensation for hair relaxer-related cancer, you will need to prove that using hair relaxers caused your cancer. This may require medical evidence, including documentation of your diagnosis, treatment history, and any other relevant medical records.
If you are considering pursuing compensation for hair relaxer-related cancer, speak with an experienced attorney at Fieger Law. We can help you navigate the legal process. Our defective product attorneys can review your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries and related expenses, including:
- Economic damages like medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitative care costs, and medication costs
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and emotional distress
- Punitive or exemplary damages from the manufacturer for negligently selling a product they knew to be dangerous
Consult an Attorney at Fieger Law
If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer after using a hair relaxer product, protect your rights to financial compensation by contacting our firm today. At Fieger Law, we are dedicated to helping victims of dangerous products seek justice and recover the compensation they deserve.
Our experienced attorneys are ready to fight for you, no matter where you are located in the United States. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you pursue your legal rights.