New research shows that women using chemical hair straighteners for years are at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer, leading to a wave of lawsuits. You must meet specific criteria to file a lawsuit, including:
● Using chemical hair straightener or relaxer at least three times annually for 7-10 years.
● You have a uterine cancer diagnosis before age 70
If you meet these criteria, you must immediately call a Delaware mass tort lawyer from Kwartler Manus, LLC.
Who is at risk for uterine cancer?
Anyone who uses chemical hair straighteners for a prolonged period is at risk of cancer and other diseases. Chemical hair straighteners and relaxers have cancerogenic chemicals, leading to uterine cancer. Users of these products are not the only ones at risk; salon workers and professionals who are in contact with these chemicals are also at risk for uterine cancer.
Black women have the highest risk of developing uterine cancer because they use chemical hair straighteners more frequently than other ethnic groups. They often used these treatments for decades, with touch ups every four to six weeks. Beauty should not be dangerous, and these negligent manufacturers must pay for their actions.
What chemicals make these products dangerous
Hair relaxers and straighteners are unhealthy and contain many synthetic chemicals that are carcinogenic and hormonally active. While you assume that all ingredients are listed on the product labels, these chemicals have labels such as perfume or fragrance. The most prominent chemical concern is phthalates, an EDC that disrupts the endocrine system.
DEHP is another EDC found in these products, which makes these creams stick to the scalp and absorb into the hair. It also disrupts the endocrine system and breaks it down into various metabolites that are harmful to humans. A study referred to as the “Sister Study” over ten years focused on the connection between uterine cancer and exposure to hair relaxers. This study is essential to chemical hair straightener lawsuits.
Uterine cancer symptoms
Uterine cancer affects the female reproductive organs and is very uncommon. Treatment options are invasive and include radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. Some symptoms that are due to uterine cancer are:
- Blood in urine
- Abnormal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Pelvic pain or cramping
- Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods
You must have a medical diagnosis for your condition and proof that you regularly get chemical hair straighteners. These two elements are crucial to your case. Our Delaware hair straightener mass tort lawyer can help you gather evidence of your condition and its correlation to chemical hair straighteners.
Hair relaxer lawsuits
Sister Study has generated legal action across the country, with many women filing lawsuits against the cosmetic companies that manufacture these hair straighteners. Most of the cases filed thus far are for uterine cancer from the chronic use of hair relaxers. There are a slew of manufacturers in these lawsuits, with more to be added in the coming months. These settlements can range from $100,000 to $1.8 million or more. The values can be higher or lower depending on the age of the plaintiff and their condition. It is premature to consider compensation amounts, especially since cancer is a lifelong condition that changes a person’s life forever. These cases can likely become mass tort or class action lawsuits in the future. Regardless of how you file, you must get compensation specific to your ailments and conditions.
Kwartler Manus, LLC has mass tort lawyers in Delaware.
When several individuals file lawsuits against a defendant, it can lead to a mass tort lawsuit. When the victims allege the same injuries and the situations are very similar, the court can combine all the suits. You will still need a Delaware mass tort lawyer who can fight for you individually and not use a one size fits all approach to the situation. Attorneys in the same case can share resources to benefit their clients. Kwartler Manus, LLC has experience in product liability, mass torts, and other legal matters. Our team will guide you on your options and help you get compensation.