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Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

New research has shown that chemicals in hair straighteners or hair relaxers can cause uterine cancer and other conditions leading to a hysterectomy. Women nationwide have filed hair relaxer lawsuits against cosmetic hair-relaxing product manufacturers to seek financial compensation and justice. 

If you or a loved one have developed uterine cancer due to hair relaxer use, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC’s skilled New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

What Is the Uterine Cancer Multidistrict Litigation for Hair Relaxer Products?

Many women have regularly used hair relaxer products to straighten their hair. The products are largely used by and marketed to black women. The products contain chemicals now known to cause uterine cancer and other conditions requiring hysterectomies, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer. Many women have filed product liability lawsuits against hair relaxer manufacturers to receive compensation.

On February 6, 2023, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all hair relaxer product liability cases into a new multidistrict litigation, or MDL, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Hair of a woman with relaxer

Which Hair Relaxers Cause Cancer?

According to the National Institutes of Health, hair relaxers containing the following chemicals may cause conditions that can lead to hysterectomies:

  • Parabens
  • Metals
  • Bisphenol A
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates

Many hair relaxers use these chemicals. The following are some of the brands that consumers have blamed for their uterine cancer:

  • Action Exclusives, manufactured by Action Beauty Supply
  • African Pride, manufactured by Godrej Consumer Products
  • Crème of Nature, manufactured by Revlon
  • Dark & Lovely, manufactured by L’Oréal
  • Just for Me, manufactured by Strength of Nature Global, LLC
  • Motions, manufactured by Strength of Nature Global, LLC

If you have used one or more of these hair relaxer brands, consider contacting Cordisco & Saile LLC’s experienced New Jersey and Pennsylvania product liability lawyers to see if you can file a  hair relaxer cancer lawsuit.

infographic - name of hair relaxers that causes uterine cancer

Who Can File Suit Over Hair Relaxer Products?

You may be eligible to join the class action lawsuit for hair relaxer products if you:

  • Used chemical hair straightening products or hair relaxers
  • Later developed uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, or ovarian cancer

Schedule a free consultation with Cordisco & Saile, LLC’s expert product liability lawyers to determine your eligibility.

Should I Hire a Lawyer?

Yes, you should hire a lawyer to file a hair relaxer lawsuit. A trusted attorney can advise you about your rights, gather evidence, timely submit all your paperwork, and file suit or help you join a class action lawsuit,

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How To File a Uterine Cancer Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

If you are eligible to file a hair relaxer lawsuit, Cordisco & Saile LLC will handle every part of the legal process so you can focus on getting your life back together. 

These are the steps to file a uterine cancer hair relaxer lawsuit:

  1. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC: Get a free consultation with us to determine your eligibility.
  2. Collect evidence and build your case: Our lawyers will gather evidence to build your case, including medical reports and the types of hair relaxers used.
  3. File your chemical hair relaxer cancer lawsuit: We will file your claim well before the deadlines.
  4. Negotiate a hair relaxer settlement: We will negotiate a fair hair relaxer lawsuit payout with the opposition.
  5. Take your case to court: If the opposition doesn’t agree to a fair settlement, we can take your case to trial.

What Is the Expected Settlement Payout for a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Involving a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a major surgery that can come with significant physical and emotional pain and suffering. 

Not only does it remove the uterus, but it also carries various risks and complications. These include bleeding, injury to nearby organs, blood clots, lowered libido, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and early menopause. As such, you can generally expect a high settlement payout for a hair relaxer lawsuit involving a hysterectomy. 

Based on past cases, a successful chemical hair relaxer lawsuit involving a hysterectomy may have a settlement value of $300,000 to $1.8 million. If you decide to go to trial, the expected jury payout will probably be in the millions. However, remember that financial compensation predictions are not necessarily accurate. Due to the number of defendants and plaintiffs, multidistrict litigation outcomes can be challenging to predict. Many attorneys have invested millions in cases that have amounted to nothing.

Factors That Impact Settlement Amounts

The settlement payout for hair relaxer lawsuits involving hysterectomies depends on many factors, including:

  • The impact of the injury on your life: The larger the impact on your daily life, the higher the payout.
  • The extent of medical treatment needed: Payouts will be higher if you need more medical treatment for the underlying condition that led to the hysterectomy and the hysterectomy itself. 
  • The age of the plaintiff at the time of hysterectomy: The younger the plaintiff, the higher the payout. A hysterectomy can have many negative consequences for young women, such as robbing them of the ability to have children, early menopause, and associated symptoms such as mood changes, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes.
  • Your underlying condition that led to the hysterectomy: The evidence connecting chemical hair relaxer use and uterine cancer is much stronger than that between hair relaxers and fibroids. As a result, lawsuits involving uterine cancer have higher potential settlement values.

What Is the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Statute of Limitations?

Most states have a statute of limitations, or deadline, of two to six years for tort claims such as hair relaxer lawsuits. If you fail to file your lawsuit before your state’s statute of limitations, you will lose the ability to pursue the case.

The statute of limitations or product liability claims in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey is generally two years. 

Almost every state follows the “discovery rule” for determining when the statute of limitations starts to run for personal injury lawsuits. According to this rule, the limitation period does not always begin on the date of your injury. Instead, it begins when you actually discover or should have reasonably discovered that you can file a lawsuit for your injuries. 

A knowledgeable Cordisco & Saile LLC New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer can help you file your case according to your state’s statute of limitations. Our award-winning and nationally recognized team of attorneys has helped numerous satisfied clients get millions in compensation for their injuries.

Contact Us To File a Uterine Cancer Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

If you used hair relaxers and developed uterine cancer or fibroids requiring a hysterectomy, you may be eligible to sue the manufacturer for product liability and receive financial compensation for your medical costs, pain, and suffering. 

Call Cordisco & Saile, LLC at 215-344-7976 or fill out our case review form to see whether you can file a lawsuit for hair relaxer products. We can also advise you about other legal options.

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