Hair Relaxer Lawsuit FAQs

Hair Relaxer Lawsuit FAQs

If you used hair relaxing products or hair straightening formulas and developed uterine cancer or another serious medical condition, you undoubtedly have questions about your legal rights. At Lawsuit Legal News, we strive to provide the best possible information to help guide you through the complicated legal process that can lead to financial compensation for your losses.

The dedicated legal team at Lawsuit Legal News often receives questions from people harmed by hair relaxing and straightening products. When you need answers to your specific questions, contact our legal professionals for a free consultation regarding the hair relaxer lawsuit. Meanwhile, here are some of the most common hair relaxer lawsuit FAQs and our answers to get you started.

Yes. In February 2023, several federal hair relaxer product liability lawsuits were consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL) based in the Northern District of Illinois. As of May 1, new plaintiffs can file cases directly into the MDL to join the many other claims from people who hair straightening products harmed. 

Read the latest news related to these cases on our hair relaxer lawsuit updates page to stay informed about how these cases are progressing. To learn whether you can join this nationwide lawsuit, contact one of our mass tort attorneys today.

Can hair relaxers or straighteners cause serious injuries or health problems in women?

Yes, several studies have shown how hair relaxers and straighteners contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals associated with fertility problems, uterine cancer, and other serious medical conditions such as endometrial, breast, and ovarian cancers. Research also shows that women of color, especially Black women, are more likely to suffer from these problems.

If you experienced any adverse health effects after using these products, seek medical treatment and consult a personal injury lawyer who understands how hair relaxers can lead to these injuries and explore your legal options.

If a hair relaxer or straightener injured you and you wish to pursue legal action:

  • Seek medical attention: Prioritize your health and get appropriate medical treatment for your injuries.
  • Document evidence: Preserve any evidence related to your case, including the product itself, packaging, and any pictures of injuries sustained.
  • Keep records: Maintain records of medical bills, treatments, and other expenses related to your injuries.
  • Consult a product liability personal injury attorney: The experienced product liability lawyers on our team understand hair relaxer cases. We can assess the strength of your claim, explain your legal rights, and guide you through the litigation process.

What type of compensation can I expect from a hair relaxer or straightener injury lawsuit?

The compensation you may receive from any product liability lawsuit, including hair relaxer claims, can vary depending on the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and the strength of your case. Potential compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. A skilled personal injury attorney will work to build a strong case and seek the maximum compensation possible on your behalf.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for injuries caused by hair relaxers or straighteners?

The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit based on injuries caused by hair relaxers or straighteners varies by jurisdiction. Act promptly and consult a personal injury attorney to understand the specific time limits that apply to your case. Failing to file within the statute of limitations may result in losing your right to seek compensation.

What evidence will be crucial for my hair relaxer personal injury case?

Building a strong case for a hair relaxer or straightener injury requires gathering essential evidence, including:

  • Product evidence: Keep the product, its packaging, and any labeling or instructions along with proof of purchase to show you used the product.
  • Medical records: Obtain medical records detailing your injuries, treatments, and prognosis.
  • Witnesses: Gather contact information from any witnesses who saw the product application or can speak to your injuries.
  • Receipts and expenses: Keep records of any relevant expenses, such as medical bills and lost wages.
  • Expert opinions: In some cases, expert testimony may need to establish a product's defect or potential harm.

One of our experienced personal injury attorneys can collect and present this evidence effectively to strengthen your case.

How long will a hair relaxer or straightener injury lawsuit typically take?

The duration of any personal injury lawsuit can vary widely, depending on: 

  • The complexity of the case, 
  • The cooperation of involved parties, 
  • The court-mandated schedule,
  • Whether you can resolve your case through negotiations, mediation, or arbitration,
  • Whether a trial is necessary to finalize your claim.

Some lawsuits may resolve sooner than others. The pending hair relaxer MDL is expected to continue into 2024 as both sides resolve scientific evidence disputes and work toward narrowing the issues to help settlement discussions.

A skilled personal injury attorney on the Lawsuit Legal News team can provide a better estimate based on the specifics of your case.

Will I need to go to court for my hair relaxer injury case?

Not all personal injury cases go to court. Most cases settle through negotiations between the parties and their attorneys. However, if the defense refuses to accept a fair settlement, your case may proceed to trial. An experienced personal injury attorney will advocate for you, whether through settlement negotiations or representation in court, to secure the compensation you deserve.

How can I find the right personal injury attorney to handle my hair straightener injury case?

Look for a personal injury lawyer with experience in product liability and a successful track record in handling similar cases. Seek referrals from trusted sources, check online reviews, and schedule initial consultations to discuss your case and assess the attorney's suitability. Ensure that the lawyer you choose has a strong commitment to advocating for your rights and securing fair compensation for your injuries.

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At Lawsuit Legal News we help innocent consumers injured by negligent product manufacturers. Our team of lawyers and legal professionals provides top-notch legal services as we hold big corporations accountable for the harm they cause.

If these hair relaxer lawsuit FAQs did not answer your questions, or if you want to discuss your right to bring a product liability lawsuit for the injuries you have suffered after using hair straightening or relaxing products, don't wait any longer. Call us at 866-467-0943 or fill out this online contact form for your free consultation now.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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