Hair Relaxer Lawsuit
If you have suffered injuries from consistent use of a hair relaxer, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a hair relaxer lawsuit. There are currently dozens of these lawsuits filed in federal courts all across the country, alleging that the companies that manufacture these products knew their products contained dangerous and toxic chemicals, yet continued to sell them to consumers. At the Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch, we are here to help.
Dangers of Hair Relaxers
Hair relaxers are marketed by multiple companies and are usually marketed to women of color. There are multiple manufacturers of hair relaxers, yet none of them disclosed the potential side effects of the toxic chemicals contained in the products to consumers. These chemicals include bisphenol A, formaldehyde, guanidine, lye, parabens, petroleum distillates, and sodium hydroxide – all known carcinogens.
Last year, the results of a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that women who used hair relaxers multiple times per year were at more than double the risk of developing uterine cancer than women who don’t. The study used data from more than 33,000 women who were between the ages of 35-74 who were participating in the Sister Study. The Sister Study – conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) a division of the NIH, is an ongoing study that is looking to identify risk factors for breast cancer, as well as other health conditions.
Researchers found that women who used hair straightening products more than four times the prior year were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than women who didn’t use the products.
There are multiple companies that have been named in hair relaxer lawsuits, including L’Oreal USA Inc. Product names that have been named in lawsuits include:
- Dark and Lovely
- Just for Me Hair Relaxer
- Motions Hair Relaxer
- Optimum Care Relaxer
- ORS Olive Oil (Organic Root Stimulator)
- Soft and Beautiful
- TCB Naturals Relaxer Crème
Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible to file a hair relaxer lawsuit if you regularly used a chemical hair relaxer product and were diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
- Uterine cancer
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine sarcoma
Even if you do not qualify for a hair relaxer lawsuit, you may still be entitled to financial compensation for other damages you suffered due to other injuries caused by regular use of hair relaxers. According to the study, these products cause other adverse medical issues in addition to those listed above. In fact, the chemicals in these products are so toxic, many hair salons do not use them on their clients.
Contact Our Office Today
To learn more about whether you qualify for a hair relaxation lawsuit, or other legal action in Georgia, call the Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch to schedule a confidential consultation and find out what type of legal recourse you may have. We’ll work diligently to get you the financial justice you deserve.
Evidence for Your Claim
When filing a hair relaxer injury lawsuit, your Georgia hair relaxer lawsuit lawyer from The Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch will aim to gather a range of evidence to build a strong case that demonstrates the link between the hair relaxer product and the illness you have suffered. To establish a compelling case, your lawyer will focus on collecting the following types of evidence:
- Medical Records and Documentation: Your lawyer will request and review your medical records, including hospital records, doctor’s notes, photographs of your injuries or illness, and any other documentation detailing your medical treatment. These records provide a crucial foundation for proving the extent of the harm caused by the hair relaxer.
- Product Information and Labeling: Your lawyer will examine the product’s labeling, packaging, instructions, and warnings. If the hair relaxer’s labeling failed to provide adequate information about potential risks or proper usage, it can contribute to your case. Labels that downplay risks or omit crucial safety information may indicate negligence on the part of the manufacturer.
- Manufacturer and Distributor Records: Your lawyer will investigate the manufacturer’s records related to the hair relaxer product. This includes information about product testing, quality control, and any internal communications regarding safety concerns or adverse events.
- Product Testing and Composition: Your lawyer may seek to obtain information about the hair relaxer’s chemical composition, as well as any testing that was conducted to determine its safety. If the product contains harmful or undisclosed chemicals that contributed to your injuries or illness, this information can support your claim.
- Expert Witness Testimony: Expert witnesses, such as dermatologists, toxicologists, or chemists, can provide professional opinions on the potential link between the hair relaxer and your injuries. Their testimony can help establish the connection between the product and the harm you’ve experienced.
- Evidence of Similar Cases: Your Georgia hair relaxer lawsuit lawyer may research and gather evidence from similar cases where individuals suffered injuries or illnesses due to the same or similar hair relaxer products. This can help demonstrate a pattern of harm associated with the product.
- Receipts and Purchase Records: Proof of purchase, receipts, and other purchase records can establish that you used the specific hair relaxer product that caused your injuries. This evidence helps tie your injuries directly to the product in question.
- Lost Income and Medical Expenses: Your lawyer will collect documentation of any income lost due to your injuries and the medical expenses you incurred. This evidence is crucial for seeking compensation for financial losses resulting from the harm caused by the hair relaxer.
- Communication Records: If you communicated with the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer regarding your injuries or concerns about the product, these records can provide insight into their response and handling of your situation.
By gathering a comprehensive range of evidence, your lawyer will work to establish a strong connection between the hair relaxer product and how you have suffered. This evidence will form the basis of your hair relaxer lawsuit, allowing you to seek compensation for the damages you’ve experienced due to the product’s harmful effects. For help, contact The Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch to speak with a trusted Georgia hair relaxer lawsuit lawyer.