Ovarian Cancer Caused by Chemical Hair Straighteners

January 18, 2023
Ovarian Cancer Caused by Chemical Hair Straighteners

Researchers have raised concerns about carcinogens in chemical hair straighteners. Thus far, the long-term use of chemical hair straighteners has been linked to multiple types of cancer, as well as other reproductive health issues, such as uterine fibroids. Women who have developed ovarian cancer as a result of using defective hair care products have filed product liability lawsuits in order to recover the damages they have incurred as a result of the negligence of chemical hair straightener makers.

Those claims are currently being evaluated for eligibility as a multidistrict litigation, which you may be able to join if you meet the qualifications. The product liability attorneys of Dolman Law Group are interested in speaking with you if you have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis after the heavy use of chemical hair straighteners. You can schedule a free consultation with our team where we will thoroughly review your claim and explain the legal services we offer.

Chemical Hair Straighteners Contain Carcinogenic Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Chemical hair straighteners are intended to help achieve a semi-permanent style. They accomplish this by breaking down the hair’s disulfide bonds, which are responsible for maintaining the structure of curls. Depending on how curly a woman’s hair is and what style she wants to achieve, she may use a chemical hair straightener several times a year or more. That means that women are absorbing toxic chemicals through their scalps every time they apply a chemical hair straightener. 

Chemical Hair Straighteners Increase the Risk of Cancer

Researchers at the National Institute of Health have identified this behavior as a risk factor for cancer. They reviewed data collected from the Sister Study and determined that women who use chemical hair straighteners 4 or more times a year significantly increase their risk for cancer of the reproductive system.

Not all women who use chemical hair straighteners have the same risk. According to the NIH study, 60% of the women who reported using chemical hair straighteners at this level identified as Black. Black women already have lower survival rates for uterine cancer, which the NIH study specifically cited as being linked to chemical hair straightener usage.

The culprit appears to be chemicals that interfere with the endocrine system, which manages the body’s hormone levels. Chemical hair straighteners contain an entity that appears to the body to be estrogen, falsely elevating hormone levels. High levels of estrogen can trigger cancer, specifically in the female reproductive system. Along with uterine cancer, ovarian cancer has been identified as a risk associated with the heavy usage of chemical hair straighteners.

Understanding Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer begins in the female reproductive system in one or both ovaries. The ovaries are responsible for creating and storing eggs. The ovaries are located on either side of the uterus. It is worth noting that uterine cancer, which has now been linked to the use of chemical hair straighteners, may easily spread to the ovaries if left untreated. 

Other injuries linked to the long-term use of chemical hair straighteners include:

For many women, there are no warning signs of ovarian cancer in its early stages. As a result, this means that ovarian cancer can grow undetected until it is in its later stages when it is much more difficult to treat. Treatment typically consists of surgery to remove the ovary or ovaries and chemotherapy. If you suspect that you may have ovarian cancer, you should not delay seeking medical care. Women who are treated in earlier stages have a greater chance of survival. This also helps protect any future claim you may decide to file, as it demonstrates that you attempted to minimize your damages.

Damages You Can Recover in a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit

If you have ovarian cancer related to the use of chemical hair relaxers, you may be facing financial instability as a result of declining physical and mental health. The side effect of chemo alone can render you unable to work, care for your family, or enjoy life. These costs can be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit if the plaintiff can establish liability and demonstrate the monetary value of their damages.

Proving how much compensation you should receive for economic damages is often as straightforward as showing a pay stub, bill, or other receipts. Quantifying the emotional impact of a non-economic is a more subjective matter best left to an experienced product liability lawyer.

Examples of Damages in a Chemical Hair Relaxer Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit:

  • Medical bills
    • Medication
    • Surgery
    • Chemotherapy
    • Hospital stays
    • Lab tests
    • Medical imaging
  • Job-related losses
    • Lost wages
    • Reduced earning capacity
    • Missed promotions
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death
    • Funeral and burial expenses
    • Loss of consortium
    • Loss of parental guidance

In the event that the chemical hair straightener cancer lawsuits are consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), plaintiffs will still be able to recover damages that are reflective of their individual circumstances. In order to maximize your compensation, you should seek out the services of a reputable product liability lawyer who can demonstrate the value of your claim

Why Should I Choose Dolman Law Group to Represent Me?

The product liability lawyers of Dolman Law Group have been serving injured Floridians and their families for over a decade. During this time, we have taken on complex claims that have solidified our reputation as one of the top personal injury law firms in Florida. That has allowed us to expand our practice nationwide and specialize in areas like product liability.

Our experience with mass tort claims, like the AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits, is an asset for claims like the hair straightener ovarian cancer lawsuits. We are familiar with the tactics powerful companies and their insurance carriers use to devalue claims. 

The product liability lawyers of Dolman Law Group have successfully negotiated claims in court, which can prove valuable in pre-trial negotiations. Defendants often want to avoid the publicity and expense of a trial, so if they know that your representative is capable and willing to take your claim to trial, they may be more likely to settle. You can rely on our team to provide personalized attention and negotiate for maximum compensation.

Contact Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Hair Straightener Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

At Dolman Law Group, it is a point of pride for us to be able to say that we often receive clients who were recommended to us by a friend. We work hard to earn the loyalty of our injured clients, and that means providing detail-oriented, results-driven service. If you have been issued a devastating ovarian cancer diagnosis, you should not have to manage the stress of a product liability lawsuit on your own.

The personal injury attorneys of Dolman Law Group will work diligently to ensure that deadlines are met, evidence is collected and analyzed, and strategies are established to negotiate for maximum compensation. You can depend on us to protect your right to recover compensation

We are prepared to take your claim to trial to fulfill this obligation and hold the negligent parties accountable. Our team is available to schedule a free consultation for you with one of our product liability attorneys. We look forward to discussing the legal options at your disposal and helping you determine what your chemical hair straightener lawsuit could be worth.

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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