At the David W. Martin Law Group, our South Carolina personal injury attorneys are helping women throughout the state understand their legal rights to join chemical hair straightener lawsuits after these dangerous products have caused them harm.
Lawsuits throughout the country are alleging large companies like L’Oreal and others failed to warn users their products could increase uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, breast cancer, and other serious health risks.
When manufacturers fail to warn women of the hazards associated with their products, their lives can be forever changed simply by trusting a beauty brand, which has a duty to provide safe products for everyone’s use. Unfortunately, women who used hair relaxers more than four times per year were more than two and a half times more likely to develop uterine cancer than those who did not use them as often.
Like most consumer goods, these dangerous products came with instructions for use, which included applying the chemical hair straightener every four to six weeks. At that rate, by instruction, women throughout South Carolina may have used these products between 8-13 times each year — placing them at extreme risk for serious, life-long, or even deadly health issues.
If you have used chemical hair straighteners and suffered health problems because of their use, you deserve justice. Contact our dedicated chemical hair straightener lawsuit attorneys in South Carolina for help today.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Using Chemical Hair Straighteners?
Hair straighteners, also called hair relaxers, are available nationwide in drug stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and hair salons. These products are used to reduce the cell bonds within the hair, and to relax the strands for a straighter, smoother appearance.
Widely used in the Black community, chemical hair relaxers have been marketed as safe and easy solutions for women and children to straighten their hair at home. Unfortunately, because of the higher prevalence and frequency of use in Black communities, young girls, teenagers, and women of all ages may be adversely, and unknowingly, negatively impacting their health in irreparable ways, simply by using a product they believed was safe.
Women who used these products more than four times a year had more than double the risk of uterine cancer, according to a National Institutes of Health study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
In addition to uterine cancer, other studies have linked chemical hair straighteners to increased risk:
- Uterine Fibroids
- Breast Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
If you or a loved one has suffered from the adverse health effects associated with chemical hair straighteners, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers in South Carolina today to discuss your legal rights and options to pursue justice.
Which Chemical Hair Straightening Brands are Included in the Lawsuits?
There are multiple types of chemical hair straightening products marketed to Black women and children throughout the country, including both at-home products, and salon-use products.
Although not an exhaustive list, to follow is a list of some of the products that have been named in the current chemical hair straightener lawsuits:
- Carson Soft Sheen
- Creme of Nature
- Dark & Lovely
- Just for Me
- Olive Oil Girls
- Optimum Care
- Soft & Beautiful
- Soft Sheen
- Strength of Nature Global, LLC
- TCB Naturals
The nationwide chemical hair straightening lawsuits claim the product manufacturers knew or should have known that their hair relaxer products were dangerous and defective because they contain highly toxic EDCs and they manufactured, marketed, and sold them anyway.
Who is Eligible to File a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
You may be eligible to file a chemical hair straightener lawsuit if you used a chemical hair straightener and received a diagnosis of uterine cancer, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis.
If you believe your health and livelihood have been impacted using any type of chemical hair straightening products — including those not listed above — contact our South Carolina personal injury attorneys by calling (803) 548-2468 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation and ensure your best interests and overall recovery come first.