Recently, chemical hair straightening products have become associated with a higher rate of uterine cancer in many consumers. The chemical ingredients in hair straighteners could be responsible for this increased risk.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer, a lawyer in your area (in collaboration with your physician) will determine whether hair straightener could have caused your uterine cancer. Your attorney will obtain your medical records and consult experts on your behalf. They will also calculate your costs and pursue the appropriate negligent party for the compensation you need.
In This Article
- Does Research Support the Increased Risk of Developing Uterine Cancer?
- What Is Uterine Cancer and How Is It Diagnosed?
- What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Product Liability Lawyer?
- Call for Your Free Consultation Now
Does Research Support the Increased Risk of Developing Uterine Cancer?
According to National Institutes of Health (NIH) research, women who use chemical hair relaxers have been diagnosed with uterine cancer at higher rates than those who do not use such products.
This NIH research found:
- Women who used hair straightening products four or more times in one year were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer
- Previous research indicated a higher rate of other hormone-related cancers in women
- African American women were more likely to use hair straighteners than women of other races and ethnicities and were, therefore, more at risk of developing cancer
If you believe a chemical hair straightening product damaged your health, you could be entitled to financial compensation. A personal injury lawyer from our team of legal professionals will use evidence to establish a link between the product, its harmful ingredients, and your diagnosis.
What Are the Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Hair Straighteners?
National Human Genome Research Institute guidelines define a carcinogen as any substance that has the ability to cause cancer. NIH research cites the following chemical components found in hair straightening products as potential carcinogens:
- Bisphenol A
If one of the ingredients (or any combination of them) led to your uterine cancer, an attorney will document the facts that support your case. On your own, showing this connection would be a large undertaking. Your attorney will take on this burden and consult medical experts who support your case.
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What Is Uterine Cancer and How Is It Diagnosed?
According to Cleveland Clinic research, there are two types of uterine cancer. The most common type is endometrial cancer; the least common is uterine sarcoma. Uterine cancer can be life-changing since treatment sometimes requires patients to undergo a hysterectomy to remove their uterus.
It can also be life-threatening. The disease is diagnosed via:
- Physical exam
- Pelvic exam
- Laboratory tests
- Imaging exams
- Endometrial biopsy
- Hysteroscopy exam
- Dilation and curettage
The signs and symptoms of uterine cancer include atypical periods, postmenopausal bleeding or spotting, pain and cramping, and clear or white vaginal discharge. Report any such symptoms to your healthcare provider immediately. The lawyer who represents you will request copies of your medical records including any and all tests that confirm your diagnosis and the cause of your uterine cancer.
Who Can File a Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
You should consider consulting a local personal injury lawyer with our firm regarding a potential product liability claim if:
- You regularly use or used hair straighteners
- You were diagnosed with uterine cancer
Consumer products should be safe for use and any potential harm they might cause must be clearly disclosed to the public. If your health was adversely affected, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Product Liability Lawyer?
While you focus on recovering your health, a lawyer will build your case and fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Your lawyer will:
- Evaluate your case at no cost, with no obligation
- Explain your options for financial recovery
- Create a compelling evidence file
- Identify the at-fault party and their insurer
- Negotiate a favorable monetary settlement
- Use resources, time, and expertise to establish a connection between your illness and the product
- Take your case to court, if necessary
Most cases like yours will settle out of court. If yours does not, your lawyer will prepare your case, evidence, and exhibits for the trial process. They will conduct discovery sessions and depositions, and take all other steps required to lead your case.
How Much Time do I Have to File My Hair Straightener Lawsuit?
Every state has its own statute of limitations defining the filing deadline. Your lawyer will explain the applicable date and statute in your state. They will also explain the time it takes to prepare and file your case.
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If you or someone you love was diagnosed with uterine cancer after the consistent use of chemical hair straighteners, our legal team will advocate for you. Our law firm is passionate about advocating for injured clients. Contact one of our Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. consultation team members today to learn more about how hard we go to bat for you.
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