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Do I Qualify for the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

September 22, 2023

Multiple companies are facing hair relaxer lawsuits for selling hair straighteners that contain cancer-causing chemicals. If you have been diagnosed with cancer after using a hair relaxer—whether at home or at a hair salon—you may qualify to join one of these lawsuits.

Coplan + Crane is currently investigating cases involving chemical hair straighteners. If you have used hair relaxers and have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis, contact our office right away. We may be able to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

What Companies Are Facing Hair Relaxer Lawsuits? 

Currently, several companies are facing lawsuits related to their sale of hair relaxers and other hair straightening products. These companies include:

  • Dark & Lovely
  • Just for Me
  • L’Oréal
  • Namaste
  • Optimum Care
  • Revlon

As more people learn about the effects of parabens, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), and other cancer-causing chemicals in hair relaxers, the number of plaintiffs in these lawsuits is continuing to grow. As a result, other companies may be facing lawsuits as well. If you purchased or received a treatment involving any brand of hair relaxer and are now dealing with a serious medical diagnosis, you should speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. 

What Types of Health Conditions Justify a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit? 

To date, the chemicals in hair relaxers and other hair straightening products have been linked to four primary health risks: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and uterine fibroids. However, due to the nature of hair relaxers and the manner in which they are used, they present risks for a variety of other health conditions as well. As a result, while many of the claims against Dark & Lovely, Just for Me, L’Oréal, and other companies involve cancer diagnoses, you don’t need to have cancer to file a claim. If you have received any diagnosis that you believe may be related to your use of a chemical hair relaxer, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers in confidence. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim? 

The amount of time you have to file a claim for cancer (or any other health condition) caused by a chemical hair relaxer depends on several factors. Broadly speaking, however, most people have at least two years from the date of their diagnosis to file a claim. With that said, even if you have just been diagnosed, it is still in your best interests to speak with a lawyer promptly. 

What Do I Need to Do to Find Out if I Have a Claim? 

The first step toward finding out if you have a claim is to obtain a diagnosis. If you are experiencing symptoms and have not yet seen a doctor, you should do so promptly. 

After getting diagnosed, your next step is to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who handles these types of cases. Product liability cases present unique challenges, and not all lawyers handle these types of claims. An experienced lawyer will be able to determine if you have grounds to sue, provide a preliminary estimate of your damages, and help you make an informed decision about whether to move forward. 

To get ready for your initial consultation, there are some steps you should try to take in advance (if you are able to do so). For example, it will be helpful if you can:

  • Take photos of any hair relaxer products you have at home (be sure to keep the bottles, too);
  • Write down the name and address of any hair salons where you received hair straightening treatments;
  • Collect your receipts or print out your account statements showing the products you purchased or treatments you received; 
  • Collect your medical records from your diagnosis and subsequent treatment; and, 
  • Start documenting the day-to-day effects of your medical condition (i.e., taking notes regarding your pain levels and any activities or events you are unable to enjoy). 

If I File a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit, How Much Can I Recover? 

If you have a hair relaxer lawsuit, the amount you can recover depends on your individual circumstances. Broadly speaking, plaintiffs in these lawsuits can seek just compensation for their medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other financial and non-financial losses. Your losses are entirely unique to you; and, when you hire a lawyer to represent you, your lawyer will examine the facts of your case to determine what constitutes a reasonable settlement or verdict. 

Talk to a Lawyer About Filing a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit in Chicago, IL

To learn more about filing a hair relaxer lawsuit in Illinois, contact us for a FREE, no-obligation consultation

Contact Coplan + Crane today online or at (312) 982-0588. We serve clients throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas.