Hair Relaxer

Have you or one of your loved ones who used hair relaxers been diagnosed with uterine cancer?

Roden Law is investigating lawsuits for these victims, with the purpose of obtaining damages, such as medical costs, emotional distress and more. Thousands of victims have already filed lawsuits against hair relaxer manufacturers.

Contact us today to discuss your claim and whether you may be able to take legal action. Our class action lawyers represent clients on contingency, so we do not charge legal fees unless we obtain compensation for you. Our law firm has obtained more than $150 million for our clients and we have 68 combined years of experience.

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Am I Eligible to File a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

The main questions are whether you were a regular hair relaxer user and whether doctors have diagnosed you with uterine cancer. If you can answer “yes” to these questions you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

That said, it is best to discuss the situation with an experienced law firm to determine if your cancer diagnosis may be related to hair relaxer. There are many other factors to review to determine if you may qualify for a hair relaxer lawsuit:

  • Date of your diagnosis
  • What type of cancer doctors discovered, such as uterine, endometrial or ovarian cancer
  • How often you used hair relaxer products
  • What hair relaxer brand you used
  • The effects of your diagnosis on your life
  • Your cancer’s stage
  • Family medical history, as this may explain your cancer diagnosis
  • Any surgery or other cancer treatments you have received, such as a hysterectomy, myomectomy or endometrial ablation

If we determine you may have a case, you may have grounds for a valid lawsuit against the manufacturer of the hair relaxer product you used regularly:

  • L‘Oreal
  • Motions
  • Cantu Beauty
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Softsheen-Carson
  • ORS Olive Oil Hair Relaxer
  • Just For Me
  • Cantu Shea Butter Relaxer
  • Motions
  • African Pride
  • Cantu Beauty

What Types of Compensation Can I Claim in a Lawsuit?

The point of filing a lawsuit over hair relaxer use is to secure compensation for the damages caused by the defective product to which you were exposed. For instance, you can seek compensation for:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgical procedures
  • Staying at the hospital, such as after surgery
  • Complications from your medical care, such as internal organ injuries, bleeding, blood clots and infections
  • Ongoing medical care you may need for your cancer or to improve your quality of life
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Fertility issues
  • Reduced libido
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost quality of life

Damages for Wrongful Death

If your loved one died from cancer after regular use of hair relaxer, you may have the right to seek wrongful death damages, which may include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering you and your family have experienced

The types of damages and their value is based on the many unique aspects of your situation, such as:

  • Your specific diagnosis
  • The treatment you have received and are likely to receive in the future
  • And more

Building a Case for Hair Relaxer Victims

Your attorney must provide evidence of a causal connection between your cancer diagnosis and hair relaxer usage. Your lawyer may also need to counter arguments from the other side about why you were diagnosed with cancer, such as a family history of the type of cancer you were diagnosed with.

Your lawyer can help you gather the evidence you will need to prove your case, including:

  • Records of your cancer treatment and diagnosis
  • Documentation of your pain and suffering
  • Proof that you bought hair relaxer or paid to have a salon apply the hair relaxer
  • Statements from friends or family members to explain pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life
  • And more

The Connection Between Uterine Cancer and the Use of Hair Relaxers

Hair relaxers alter the protein structure of the hair, which can make it easier to style. These products have been used by African American women for decades.

The problem with hair straightener/relaxer products is the chemicals that could disrupt your endocrine system, including Di-2-hexyl phthalate (DEHP). These chemicals could enter the body through burns, sores or cuts on your scalp. DEHP may disrupt the balance of hormones in your body. This might eventually cause uterine fibroids to form, which are often precursors to cancerous tumors.

The landmark study on the connection between hair relaxer and uterine cancer came out in 2022. Researchers looked at 10 years of data on women who made use of hair relaxer five or more times in one year. They found these women had a 150 percent higher risk of developing uterine cancer. Researchers also found that people who used hair relaxer on a regular basis were twice as likely to be diagnosed with uterine cancer as people who did not use these products.

What is Happening With the Hair Relaxer Litigation?

In just two years, thousands of people have filed hair relaxer lawsuits seeking compensation for the damages they suffered. This began with a lawsuit against L’Oreal filed by someone who had started using hair relaxer at age 10 and was later diagnosed with uterine cancer.

So many lawsuits were filed that they were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). On April 1, 2024, there were 8,387 actions pending in the hair relaxer MDL.

An MDL is designed to streamline the legal process, as all the cases are managed in one federal court. This helps to make discovery more efficient.

Eventually, bellwether cases will be selected. The results of these cases help both sides determine how juries are likely to rule in future cases. This might result in a settlement of many of the cases in the MDL.

Cases in an MDL are all similar in that they make a lot of the same allegations. For instance, the hair relaxer lawsuits in the MDL claim hair relaxer is defective, manufacturers knew of the dangers of hair relaxers and they did not tell customers about it.

Contact Roden Law About a Possible Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

People diagnosed with uterine cancer related to hair relaxer use, there may be a valid legal claim. Manufacturers might be liable for producing a dangerous product and not providing proper warning to the public.

Victims should work with an experienced law firm to explore legal options and represent them throughout the legal process. Together, we can review your situation to determine if you can file a hair relaxer lawsuit and what the next steps may be.

Complete a Free Case Evaluation form or call us at: 1-844-RESULTS.