A recent study released on October 2022 by the National Cancer Institute reveals a connection between the use of hair relaxers and female reproductive illnesses. This includes an increased risk of uterine cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, and pre-term birth, among other health problems. The study also discovered that African American women may be more adversely affected, as they use these products more frequently, often starting at an early age. These illnesses could have been avoidable if it wasn’t for someone’s negligent actions. It’s important to get the justice you deserve. If you have experienced a medical condition because of using hair relaxers, then it is important to know if you are eligible for a claim.
Qualifying for the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit
To qualify for a lawsuit, you must have been diagnosed with one or more health problems linked to the frequent use of chemical hair straightening products. It is important to note that there are currently no limitations on hair relaxers used at home or those done at salons. The focus of the lawsuits is the potentially dangerous chemicals present in some relaxer products and the lack of cautionary information that should have been provided by the manufacturers. In other words, establishing negligence on the manufacturer’s part is the main factor for qualifying for a claim. You will need to prove the three elements necessary for a negligence claim. Those elements are the duty of care, breach of that duty, and resulting damage. Fortunately, with more people coming forward with their stories, and more studies being conducted, it is becoming easier to support these claims. This has also led to multiple mass tort claims, where victims are coming together to fight for compensation.
Filing a Claim
When filing a hair relaxer claim, the first step is to gather medical documentation from a qualified medical practitioner to support your diagnosis related to the use of chemical hair straighteners. You should provide detailed information about the extent of your damage in your medical diagnosis, as well as the specific relaxer products you used. This documentation will be crucial in helping establish the link between your health condition and the frequent hair-relaxing treatments. Once you have the necessary medical records, the next step is to contact a product liability attorney. They will help evaluate your case and advise you on the best course of action throughout the entire process of filing a claim.
Successful claimants may be more likely to be offered a settlement from the manufacturer. This typically includes recompense for medical expenses and other related bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, among other losses. Your attorney will advise on the specific details of any offers and help you decide whether it is in your best interests to accept a settlement or proceed to trial.
The potential link between hair relaxers and female reproductive health conditions is a sincere concern, particularly for women of color who use these products regularly. If you have experienced any form of injury due to using such products, you must take steps to mitigate further damage. Ideally, you may be eligible to file a claim and receive compensation for any medical bills or expenses related to your injury, so it is important to speak with a qualified attorney specializing in product liability lawsuits. Your attorney will make sure that you are covered and get you the justice that you deserve.