Chemical hair straightener lawsuits are being filed against L'Oreal and other manufacturers whose products allegedly cause health issues, such as:
The suits allege that the companies neglected to warn consumers of the potential risks associated with using their chemical hair straighteners. This is an especially concerning issue because these chemicals—which were supposed to provide a beauty booster—have instead caused terrible health damage among women who used them.
Thankfully there is a recourse for those affected by these products. People who have suffered due to using these chemical straighteners can file an official lawsuit.
If you think you or someone you know has already experienced negative health effects after using well-known chemical hair straighteners, then consulting with a personal injury lawyer can help get the compensation needed to cover medical costs.
People across the United States are filing chemical hair straightener lawsuits because they believe these products cause increased risk of:
This comes after the National Institutes of Health published a study that found a correlation between chemical hair straighteners and higher risks for certain types of cancers in women.
According to this study, women who use these products more than four times a year may have more than double the risk of uterine cancer compared to those who do not use them. In addition, other studies have linked them with increased risks for uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and breast cancer.
Furthermore, it is argued that those companies involved in producing these products targeted Black women specifically — an issue that makes them even more vulnerable to potentially dangerous side effects due to overexposure since they tend to rely heavily on chemical hair straighteners. Thus far no conclusive evidence has proved a direct correlation, yet many victims justify their claims against Big Pharma firms behind these damaging substances.
Chemical hair straighteners have been linked to a higher risk of uterine and breast cancer. Studies have identified endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, in these products that can increase the risk of certain cancers. The women who use these products more frequently than four times a year, are especially at risk for developing cancer. In addition to raising cancer risks these products can also cause other health problems such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
Toxic chemicals such as:
are released into the air when using chemical hair straighteners. These particulate matter gets into our lungs where it can irritate the respiratory system and create an even higher cancer risk.
The NIH recently concluded a study in 2021 that the overuse of certain hair products recent studies have linked may increase the risk for uterine cancer in women. This study revealed that when data from 33,947 women aged 35 to 74 was analyzed, those who used hair straighteners more than four times in a 12-month period were two times more likely to experience uterine cancer than those who did not use them at all or less often.
Uterine cancer is a severe medical condition that can be difficult to diagnose due to overlapping symptoms of other conditions. However, it is essential to speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you notice any of the following symptoms indicative of uterine cancer.
Common uterine cancer signs and symptoms include:
Recent research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has linked chemical hair straighteners to an increased risk of breast cancer. The study discovered that individuals who used these products every five to eight weeks faced a 30% higher chance of getting breast cancer compared to those who never used them.
What is even more concerning is that Black women appear to be particularly vulnerable and at greater risk than other races due to their tendency to use these products frequently.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects many women around the world. However, the cause of it remains unclear. Recently, research has suggested that endometriosis could be linked to hormonal imbalances.
Hormones play an integral role in reproductive and overall bodily health, so any disruption to the hormone balance can lead to severe issues such as infertility or even cancer.
Researchers have suggested that phthalates, parabens, and EDCs found in hair dye and straighteners may contribute to hormonal disruption, thereby increasing the risk of endometriosis.
In 2018, one study published in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences found higher levels of phthalates in tissues taken from women with endometriosis when compared to women without endometriosis—providing evidence that chemicals used in beauty products could be detrimental to hormone balance.
Suppose you have used chemical hair straightening products and were later diagnosed with any of these three types of cancer. In that case, you may be able to file a chemical hair straightener lawsuit against the manufacturer. The best way to find out is to speak with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and explain your legal options.
Chemical hair straightening is a popular hair styling technique that has been around for many years. It works by using heat and chemicals to break down the natural bonds in hair, such as disulfide, hydrogen, and salt bonds. As people apply chemical straighteners to their hair, they break those disulfide bonds, allowing the hair to be straightened. This process typically lasts until the new growth of naturally curly or wavy hair grows out.
A variety of chemicals are used in hair straighteners, including:
These chemicals can be very harmful if not used properly, and it is essential to follow the instructions on the product carefully when using chemical straighteners. Another option is to use keratin treatments which act like a conditioning agent to smooth the cuticle while maintaining a healthy shine throughout your tresses.
A successful lawsuit may provide compensation for damages, such as:
Economic damages are losses that arise from an injury or harm to another’s property, business, or finances. Economic damages include:
Non-economic damages are types of damages in personal injury cases that cannot be quantified or measured. These include:
Punitive damages are a type of legal damages that a court will award in order to punish the wrongdoer for egregious misconduct or to set an example for other potential violators. They are generally in addition to any other compensatory damages that were awarded.
Special damages, also known as consequential damages, are those that do not occur directly from a breach but are considered a consequence of that breach.
Women exposed to certain hair straightening chemicals may be eligible to file a cancer lawsuit if their regular use of these products has been linked to specific types of cancer. To qualify for a hair straightening cancer lawsuit, women must have used chemical relaxers as an adolescent, which can include at-home applications or those performed by a professional hairstylist.
Additionally, they must have used the product over several years in order for the claim to be viable. This means there must be evidence that demonstrates the direct connection between cancer and the significant usage of relaxers over an extended time.
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