What Evidence is Needed to File a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

What Evidence is Needed to File a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

If you are a frequent user of hair relaxers or hair straightening products, and you are facing a uterine or endometrial cancer diagnosis, you may be eligible to bring a product liability lawsuit to recover compensation for your cancer-related losses. Product liability cases are complex and time-consuming. To ensure your best outcome, you should partner with an experienced legal team to guide you through the process.

At Lawsuit Legal News (LLN), our mission is to ensure you understand how the legal system works and what is required to bring a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit. To help prepare your injury case, you need to know if you qualify for litigation and what evidence is needed to file a hair relaxer lawsuit.

Are You Eligible to Bring a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

To qualify for a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit, you must meet the following requirements:

Of course, these types of cases usually involve many complicating factors and individual fact scenarios that may not match the listed requirements exactly. It’s always best to consult with a dedicated product liability or mass tort lawyer at Lawsuit Legal News to fully understand your unique circumstances and legal rights.

Additionally, if your family’s medical history shows others who suffered from uterine cancer not related to hair relaxing products, you might not be able to bring a lawsuit against the hair product manufacturers. Don’t guess if you have the right to bring a claim, always consult with a product liability lawyer who has experience with hair products cancer lawsuits to learn if you qualify.

To recover compensation for financial losses related to the damages you have suffered as a result of using hair straighteners, you must present evidence sufficient to prove the elements of a product liability case.

The elements necessary for a successful product liability hair relaxer lawsuit include:

  • The defendant hair product manufacturer (such as L’Oreal, Africa’s Best, and African Pride) has a legal duty to provide products that are safe for consumer use.
  • The product maker breached the duty to warn about possible dangerous side effects or breached the general duty to provide safe products.
  • As a result of the manufacturer’s breached duty, the plaintiff (you) suffered an injury such as cancer, another related medical condition, or death.
  • The injury (or the death of a family member from the injury) was directly related to using hair relaxers known to cause these injuries.

It can be challenging to prove that the use of hair relaxers or other hair straightening products caused your cancer or the death of a loved one. To provide the necessary causation evidence, your attorney might work with medical experts who can review your medical history and how you used the hair products to testify about the connection between cancer and that type of hair product.

Experts can also rely on the extensive research currently available that links certain hair products to uterine cancer, breast cancer, or uterine fibroids. The team at Lawsuit Legal News has compiled a summary of the scientific proof that links hair straightener products to cancer.

Do you have questions about a hair relaxer lawsuit?

What Damages Can You Request in a Cancer Hair Relaxer Lawsuit or Settlement?

If your claim is successful, you may recover two types of financial losses: Economic damages and non-economic damages. Let’s break down the types of losses you can request from the haircare product makers who are responsible for your financial damages.

Economic Damages - Out-Of-Pocket, Documentable Losses

Economic damage (sometimes also called special damages) have a specific monetary value and may include:

  • Medical expenses, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, healthcare appointments and follow-up meetings, prescription drugs, and prescribed over-the-counter medications
  • Medical assistance aids
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Psychological therapy for mental and emotional distress
  • Final life expenses, including medical and death-related costs if the cancer killed your loved one. These expenses may include funeral and burial costs, cremation expenses, and final medical bills.

Non-Economic Damages - Intangible Losses That are Harder to Calculate

Sometimes called general damages, non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship with your family members
  • Loss of enjoyment of life if you can’t do the things you loved doing in the past
  • Loss of consortium if you can no longer enjoy a physical relationship with your spouse or partner
  • Loss of quality of life if your cancer treatment causes fatigue or other issues that reduce your personal standard of living, such as taking medications for the rest of your life

The compensation you may receive will depend on many factors, including:

  • The severity of your condition
  • What treatment or care you receive
  • How you are affected by cancer or the medical treatment
  • Whether you lost a loved one from cancer caused by hair relaxer products

Which Evidence Can Help You Bring a Hair Straightener Lawsuit?

Many people, especially women of color, have been diagnosed with cancer after using hair relaxers for many years. To learn if you may be eligible to bring a hair relaxer lawsuit, set up a free consultation with one of the experienced product liability lawyers at Lawsuit Legal News today.

In the meantime, and even before your free initial case review, consider these questions:

  • Have you used hair relaxers or hair straightening products?
  • When did you begin using these products?
  • How often do you use the products, or how often did you use them in the past?
  • Did you self-apply the product at home, or did a hairstylist apply the product?
  • Have you been diagnosed with uterine cancer or another type of hormone-related cancer?
  • Does your family have a history of uterine, breast, or other cancer?
  • Can you prove you used these products and for how long?

This information can help your attorney assess your claim and determine whether you have the evidence needed to file a hair relaxer lawsuit. All evidence related to your use of hair straightening products will be essential to support your claim.

You will also need proof of your medical condition or diagnosis. Your lawyer can help gather information about your diagnosis and proof that you used certain products to help build your case.

How Can a Lawyer Help You Bring a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

If you’re wondering if you can file a hair relaxer claim, contact a dedicated product liability attorney to answer all your questions during a free consultation. When you partner with an experienced product injury lawyer, they can:

  • Review your circumstances to determine if you have the legal basis for a case
  • Determine what relevant evidence is required to substantiate your claim and help you gather all information
  • File all necessary documents within any legal timeframes
  • Negotiate with opposing counsel or insurance adjuster for a fair settlement when possible
  • Take your case to trial if settlement is not possible
  • Provide valuable legal advice, financial resources, and support throughout your claim

Even though these hair relaxer lawsuits are relatively new, the attorneys associated with Lawsuit Legal News have experience with other product liability cases they can apply to this situation.

When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis and the related concerns that go with it, you need to focus on your recovery, not worry about how you will pay your bills. The legal professionals at Lawsuit Legal News can help you sort through the evidence you’ll need to bring a hair straightener lawsuit against the makers of various hair relaxer products.

Fill out our simple online contact form for a free consultation today. It costs you nothing to learn about your legal rights.


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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