HAIR STRAIGHTENER & RELAXER
WERE YOU DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AFTER USING A CHEMICAL HAIR STRAIGHTENER OR RELAXER?
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If you have been diagnosed with uterine, ovarian or endometrial cancer after using a chemical hair straightener or relaxer, you may be eligible for compensation.
A new study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found chemical hair straighteners and relaxers significantly increase the risk of uterine cancer. In addition, Black women were disproportionately affected since they use these products more frequently and often begin straightening or relaxing their hair at an earlier age than other races and ethnicities.
As a result of this research, attorneys are filing lawsuits against the companies that manufacture and distribute these harmful products on behalf of the women who developed cancer after using chemical hair straighteners and relaxers.
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WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR THE HAIR STRAIGHTENER & HAIR RELAXER LAWSUITS?
The 11-year study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which included 33,497 women ages 35-74, showed those who used chemical hair straighteners were about twice as likely to develop uterine cancer as non-users. Researchers estimated that 1.64 percent of women who never used chemical straighteners would develop uterine cancer by age 70, while the rate among frequent users, defined as more than four times a year, rose to 4.05 percent.
The study did not find links between uterine cancer and other types of hair products such as dyes and perms.
Information in recent lawsuits against L’Oréal and other beauty companies allege that the businesses knew, or should have known, based on several epidemiological studies conducted over the past seven years, that the chemicals contained in their products were associated with an increased risk of cancer.
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WHY ARE CHEMICAL HAIR STRAIGHTENERS AND RELAXERS SO DANGEROUS?
Most chemical straighteners contain potentially carcinogenic toxins that include formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, phthalates, parabens and bisphenol-A.
Applying these products to the scalp, one of the most sensitive areas of the body, may cause burns or lesions that can facilitate the absorption of the harmful chemicals and allow them to spread to other areas of the body. In addition, heat-generating devices such as hair dryers and flat irons may release more toxins into the scalp.
WHAT IS UTERINE CANCER?
Uterine cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting the female reproductive system. Data from the National Cancer Institute showed a significant increase in the disease since 2000, particularly among Black women. Most uterine cancers develop in the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus.
Common symptoms of uterine cancer include:
- Vaginal bleeding between periods in pre-menopausal women
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting after menopause
- Lower abdominal pain or pelvic cramping
- Vaginal discharge in post-menopausal women
- Prolonged, heavy or frequent vaginal bleeding in women over 40
Women who experience any of these symptoms should contact a physician as soon as possible.
Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, medication or a combination thereof. Survival rates are higher for cancer that is detected in an early stage.
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WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING A CHEMICAL STRAIGHTENER LAWSUIT?
Women diagnosed with uterine, endometrial or ovarian cancer may be eligible to receive compensation provided they meet the following conditions:
- Used a chemical hair straightening or relaxing product at least five times in one year
- Received a cancer diagnosis four years or longer after the first full year of product use
Women with a family history of uterine or ovarian cancer or those who have the BRCA gene mutation are typically ineligible to file suit. However, if you have been diagnosed with uterine or ovarian cancer after using a chemical hair straightener, contact us as soon as possible to determine whether you qualify to receive compensation.
WHAT KIND OF COMPENSATION CAN I EXPECT FROM A CHEMICAL HAIR STRAIGHTENING LAWSUIT?
Compensation is based on the damages incurred by each individual plaintiff. Generally, compensation includes direct expenses such as medical bills and lost income in addition to intangible damages such as pain and suffering that affect the victim’s physical and emotional well-being and quality of life.
When the victim dies as a result of a disease caused by a negligent manufacturer, the survivors may file a wrongful death suit to recover their losses, including loss of companionship, future income loss and funeral expenses.
WHICH BRANDS OF HAIR STRAIGHTENERS ARE INCLUDED IN THE LAWSUITS?
The hair straightener and hair relaxer brands and manufacturers that are included in the lawsuits:
- Advantage Products
- Bionaza Dark & Lovely Silkening Relaxer (L’Oreal )
- Brazilian Blowout
- Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment by Marcia Teixeira
- Cadiveu Brazilian Brand – Bkeratin, Cadiveu USA
- Cantu Shea Butter No Lye Relaxer Kit Regular (Cantu Beauty/PDC Wellness & Personal Care)
- Dark & Lovely (L’Oreal)
- Diora Professional
- Envy Professional
- Peter Coppola® α-Keratin Repair System™
- Goleshlee Professional Keratin Hair Therapy
- GK Hair Treatment System/ Hair Taming
- Global Keratin Hair a/k/a GK Hair Silkening Technologies - Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment
- iKeratin (Innosys) Brazilian Keratin Advanced Keratin Treatment (YSB Beauty)
- I Straight and Korean RG'3 Magic Straightening Systems, Japanese Magic Hair Straightening Systems
- Just For Me No Lye Relaxing Crème Relaxant (Strength of Nature Global, LLC)
- KeraGreen Keratin and Protein Hair System
- Keratin Complex
- Keratin Express
- La Brasiliana
- Simply Smooth / American Culture Hair: Brazilian Keratin Treatment; Xtend Keratin Replenishing after color lock
- La Brasiliana
- Mar5cia Tiexeira
- Olive Oil Girls (Namaste Laboratories)
- Olive Oil Girls Root Stimulator (Revlon)
- Olive Oil Relaxer (Dabur International Ltd, formerly ORS Organic Root Straightener)
- Optimum (L’Oreal)
- Simply Smooth / American Culture Hair: Brazilian Keratin Treatment; Xtend Keratin Replenishing After-color Lock
- Soft & Beautiful and Motions (Strength of Nature, Global LLC)
- Soft Sheen (Carson Inc.)
- Spazzola Progressiva Keratin Treatment
- TCB Naturals (Strength of Nature Global LLC)
- Van Tibolli
DON’T LET THE LEGAL CLOCK RUN OUT. START YOUR Hair STRAIGHTENER LAWSUIT TODAY
Women suffering from cancer as a result of toxic hair straightening products may be eligible for substantial compensation. However, Michigan has a strict time limit, or statute of limitations, that may impact these claims. If you fail to meet the prescribed deadlines, you may lose the chance to recover the damages you deserve, no matter how strong the case.
“We have a long history of holding negligent companies responsible when their decision to put profits over people causes suffering." said Mark Bernstein, Co-CEO and Managing Partner of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.
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