Lawsuits Claim Hair Relaxer Chemicals Cause Endometriosis
Several companies are being sued in a lawsuit that claims their hair relaxer products may cause endometriosis and certain types of cancer in women. Cosmetics giant L'Oreal is the main defendant, but several other manufacturers of beauty products are included.
These manufacturers include Strength of Nature Global, Soft Sheen/Carson Inc., Dabur International Ltd., Dabur USA Inc., and Namaste Laboratories, LLC. The lawsuit alleges these companies failed to warn consumers that their products increase a woman's risk of developing endometriosis and various types of cancer.
If you used hair straightening products on a regular basis and have been diagnosed with endometriosis, you may have a claim for compensation. Call Scout Law Group today at 866-259-0869 to discuss your options for filing a suit and seeking compensation.
What are Hair Relaxers?
Hair relaxer is a product used to straighten curly hair by chemically "relaxing" its natural curls. Hair relaxers contain dangerous chemicals that can cause serious health issues. Women can use hair relaxer treatments at home or have them done by a professional stylist at a salon.
How Hair Relaxers Cause Endometriosis
Most hair relaxers contain chemicals such as parabens, formaldehyde, metals, and phthalates. Phthalates are synthetic endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that can alter the body's ability to produce hormones. These chemicals have been shown to increase the risk of endometriosis.
The EDCs found in hair relaxers can enter the body through burns and cuts often caused by applying the product to the scalp. This makes it easier for these harmful chemicals to be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to different tissues and organs.
How to Know if You Are at Risk
Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue grows abnormally outside the uterus. Endometriosis can cause the following symptoms:
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
- Pain with intercourse
- Pain with bowel movements or urination
- Excessive bleeding
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should talk to a healthcare provider immediately. The effects of endometriosis can impact your physical and financial well-being, as well as the future of your family.
If you have been treated for endometriosis or suffered infertility or a miscarriage after using chemical hair relaxers, contact the attorneys at Scout Law Group. We will help you determine whether you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your losses.
What Can I Be Compensated For?
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. The lawyers at Scout Law Group intend to seek financial compensation for our clients in product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers of hair straightening and hair relaxing products.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can File a Hair Straightener Endometriosis Lawsuit?
Anyone who used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers and was later diagnosed with a qualifying health condition, such as endometriosis, may be able to file a lawsuit. African-American and Hispanic women are predominantly at risk of harm from these products because they tend to use them the most.
Does it Cost Anything to File a Lawsuit?
No. We will review your case for free, and there will be no out-of-pocket cost for our attorneys to file a lawsuit. Our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get attorney fees and costs if we recover money for you. This allows individuals to have access to the experience and resources of our law firm for their hair relaxer lawsuit regardless of their financial status.
How Long Do I Have To File A Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
The deadline for filing a lawsuit against a hair relaxer product manufacturer depends on the statute of limitations in your state. The best way to ensure you are appropriately informed about this deadline is to speak to an experienced attorney. The sooner you file, the less you risk running out of time and losing your chance to file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline (statute of limitations), you will be unable to get compensated for your injuries.
If you developed uterine or breast cancer, uterine fibroids or endometriosis after using L'Oréal or other hair relaxer products, you may be entitled to compensation.
Some of the hazardous chemicals in hair relaxer products can disrupt the body's balance of endocrine hormones.
Studies have shown that chemicals in hair relaxer products can disrupt the body’s hormone-production process and cause uterine fibroids.