Plaintiffs Await Decision to Consolidate in Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuits

January 17, 2023
Plaintiffs Await Decision to Consolidate in Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuits

Based on multiple analyses of existing data, researchers have sounded the alarm over the presence of carcinogens in various chemical hair relaxers, which have led to women developing uterine cancer and other conditions like endometriosis. There are a growing number of product liability lawsuits against the makers of chemical hair relaxers, which has prompted plaintiffs to urge the courts to consider their claims as a multidistrict litigation. 

The final decision on whether or not to consider these claims as a collective will be made by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) after they hear arguments from both sides. The hearing has been set for January 26th, 2023, in Miami, Florida. Dolman Law Group has been assisting women who have been diagnosed with cancer after repeated use of carcinogenic chemical hair relaxers to build claims for damages. We offer free consultations to prospective clients to review their legal options for recovering compensation in a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit.

What Would a Hair Relaxer MDL Mean for Plaintiffs?

The plaintiffs in the chemical hair relaxer lawsuits are currently working to condense their individual claims into a single group of claims to be evaluated together. This is known as a multidistrict litigation, as plaintiffs have filed their original product liability lawsuits in courts spanning the U.S. A multidistrict litigation allows plaintiffs to pool their resources while maintaining their ability to recover compensation that is reflective of their specific damages.

If the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) decides to create a multidistrict litigation for the hair relaxer cancer lawsuits, plaintiffs will be able to coordinate their efforts in the discovery process, instead of each individual claimant trying to prove that the makers of hair relaxers should be liable for their damages. This would allow them to share costs and resources. 

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Will Decide on the MDL

There are certain points in the plaintiff’s favor, like the fact that the plaintiffs all claim the makers of these products should have provided adequate warning labels for consumers and conducted a more thorough vetting of their products. However, that is not a guarantee that their request for consolidation into an MDL will be granted. 

The defendants argue that the research they are relying on fails to provide the names of specific defective products, and they obviously want to avoid shouldering liability if their products are not at fault. At the end of this month, the JDML will hear from both sides and come to a conclusion. They recently stipulated certain conditions in a notice of hearing session memo, including a note to plaintiffs that they should be prepared to show they pursued alternatives to a multidistrict litigation.

Why Are Women Suing the Makers of Chemical Hair Relaxers?

An NIH research study revealed that the long-term use of chemical hair relaxers was causing endocrine-disrupting chemicals to accumulate in the body, leading to multiple kinds of cancer and other health issues in the reproductive system. Specifically, this study brought new information to light about the increased risk of uterine cancer and using a chemical hair relaxer four or more times a year. 

Researchers found that women who used chemical hair relaxers with this frequency were at twice the risk of other women in the study for uterine cancer. This elevates the risk for many Black women, who tend to be the most consistent users of chemical hair relaxers. 

Chemical Hair Relaxers Linked to Uterine Cancer, Other Reproductive System Issues

Unfortunately, other serious risks besides uterine cancer accompany the frequent use of chemical hair relaxers. Prior research discovered that chemical hair relaxers increased a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer. This further validates the new claims, as breast cancer is also impacted by the same hormonal imbalances that trigger uterine cancer. Other injuries include:

If you develop any of the signs of uterine cancer or breast cancer, you should seek help from a medical professional immediately. When these types of cancers are left untreated, they can have serious consequences for fertility and even become life-threatening. Additionally, seeking prompt medical care shows that you made an effort to mitigate your damages. That means the defendants and their insurance companies will have a more difficult time diminishing or rejecting your claim.

Seeking Compensation for Damages in a Hair Relaxer Claim

The women pursuing compensation in these hair relaxer cancer lawsuits believe they have a legitimate claim to compensation based on the negligence of beauty companies like L’Oreal. They argue that beauty companies owed them a duty of care to design safe, carcinogen-free products, and to warn consumers of the risk of using their products. Further, they claim that the companies named in their product liability lawsuits are liable for their damages.

The women pursuing these claims want to be compensated for both economic and non-economic losses. The economic losses are related to damages that have had a financial impact, such as a medical bill. The non-economic losses can be just as extensive, if more complicated to quantify. It is to your benefit to hire a product liability attorney who can help you calculate what your claim is worth.

Examples of Damages in a Hair Relaxer Cancer Claim:

  • Medical expenses
    • Medication
    • Surgery
    • Hospital stays
    • Chemo
    • Hormone therapy
    • Radiation therapy
  • Job-related losses
    • Lost wages
    • Reduced earning capacity
    • Missed promotions
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Wrongful death
    • Funeral and burial costs
    • Loss of services and support

Why Should I Choose Dolman Law Group to Represent Me?

At Dolman Law Group, we make every effort to relieve the burdens of the personal injury claims process from our clients. We know how overwhelming it can be to try and manage a cancer diagnosis in addition to a product liability lawsuit, which is why we will handle the administrative side of filing a claim in addition to negotiating on your behalf. 

Our expertise has often proven invaluable in complex claims like these. For example, we have been spearheading the charge for securing firefighters the damages they deserve after they developed cancer from decades of AFFF exposure with great success. We have the experience necessary to handle claims of this magnitude while still providing the level of personalized atttention our clients need.

Our history of maximizing compensation for our injured clients has made us one of Florida’s most trusted personal injury law firms and allowed us to expand our practice nationwide. Not only do we have the results to validate our reputation, but we also have the testimonies of former clients to speak to our abilities. Dolman Law Group clients know that they can trust us to act in their best interest.

Contact Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit

As personal injury lawyers, we understand that the prospect of pursuing damages against a well-known company like L’Oreal can seem intimidating. The product liability lawyers of Dolman Law Group have served injured Floridians for over a decade, and we are prepared to do the same for you.

The companies named in the product liability lawsuits will have formidable legal representation, as they don’t want to admit that they have allowed these harmful products on the market for years. That means that you can’t afford to risk your settlement by handling your claim alone. Instead, you should rely on the expertise of Dolman Law Group to maximize your compensation. 

We will handle every step of negotiating your claim, including taking it to court, if necessary. You can reach out to one of our numerous office locations to schedule a free consultation with our team for more information on how to pursue a hair relaxer cancer claim. The product liability attorneys of Dolman Law Group look forward to discussing the details of your hair relaxer cancer claim with you and helping you recover the damages you deserve.

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

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 or $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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