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Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuits: Seeking Compensation for Injuries

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Do you have a chemical hair straightener lawsuit? Recent studies have shown that the chemicals used in many popular hair straightening products can be dangerous when used over prolonged periods of time—causing users to develop cancers and other serious medical conditions in some cases. As a result of these studies, many individuals who have used chemical hair straighteners are now filing lawsuits to recover just compensation from companies like Dark & Lovely, L’Oreal, Revlon, and TCB Naturals, among many others.

Filing a chemical hair straightener lawsuit provides the opportunity to recover just compensation for the costs of cancers and other medical conditions caused by these potentially dangerous hair care products. This includes not only the direct out-of-pocket costs of treatment, but other financial and non-financial costs as well. Our firm is actively representing women and families in chemical hair straightener lawsuits; and, if you have a claim, we can use our experience to seek just compensation on your behalf.

Do You Have a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit?

While chemical hair straightener lawsuits are complicated, determining if you may have a claim is relatively straightforward. To have grounds to file a lawsuit, you need to meet four basic requirements:

  • You (or a member of your family) must have used a hair straightening product that contains a dangerous chemical;
  • You (or your family member) must have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious medical condition after using a dangerous chemical hair straightener;
  • Your diagnosis (or your family member’s diagnosis) must be linked to one of the dangerous chemicals contained in the hair straightening product used; and,
  • You must still have time to file a claim under the applicable statute of limitations.

If you meet these four basic requirements (or if you think you might meet these four basic requirements), you should talk to a lawyer promptly. The costs associated with the harm caused by dangerous chemical hair straighteners can be substantial; and, if you have a claim, hiring a law firm to file a lawsuit on your behalf is the only way to seek the financial compensation you and your family deserve.

Common Dangerous Chemicals in Dangerous Hair Straighteners

Dark & Lovely, L’Oreal, Revlon, TCB Naturals, and other companies have been selling chemical hair straightening products that contain dangerous chemicals for years. While different companies use different formulations, many of these products use the same chemicals to relax and straighten users’ hair. These chemicals include:

  • Bisphenol A
  • Cyclosiloxanes
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens

This list is not exhaustive. Unfortunately, far too often, companies discover new products they can sell and then they rush to bring them to market without taking the time to understand the risks they entail. Over the years, it has become clear that many chemicals contained in hair straightening products present long-term health risks for users. Chemical hair straightener lawsuits can target products that contain any of these chemicals—including (but not limited to) those listed above.

Cancers Linked to Dangerous Chemical Hair Straighteners

To date, researchers have identified three primary health risks associated with dangerous chemical hair straighteners. The chemicals in these products have been linked to:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer

However, at present, the full scope of the health risks associated with chemical hair straighteners remains unknown. As a result, anyone who has used a chemical hair straightening product and been diagnosed with a serious health condition that lacks an alternate explanation should consult with a lawyer about their legal rights.

Statute of Limitations for Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuits

If you have grounds to file a chemical hair straightener lawsuit, the statute of limitations for your lawsuit depends on where you live. In Florida, for example, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury (in most cases). Florida also has a “statute of repose,” which is a law that places an outer limit on how long you have to file a product-related lawsuit regardless of when you get injured. Florida’s statute of repose is 12 years from the date of purchase of the product in question.

In cases involving cancers and other serious health conditions, determining when your “injury” occurred (and when the statute of limitations expires) can be complicated. With this in mind, we would encourage you not to make any assumptions about whether you still have time to file. Our lawyers can assess your legal rights; and, if you still have time to file, we will make sure we file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.

Recoverable Damages in Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuits

At this point, you may be wondering: What damages can individuals and families recover in chemical hair straightener lawsuits? If you have a lawsuit related to a dangerous chemical hair straightener, you are entitled to seek just compensation for all of your (or your family’s) financial and non-financial losses.

Financial losses include medical expenses, lost earnings, and other out-of-pocket costs. Non-financial losses include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of companionship and consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. While individual circumstances vary, chemical hair straightener lawsuits will often involve claims for substantial damages.

How Much Does it Cost to File a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit

You might also be wondering how much it costs to file a lawsuit. Engaging a law firm to file a lawsuit costs nothing out-of-pocket. At Searcy Denney, we are handling all chemical hair straightener lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis. This means our clients pay no up-front or monthly costs, and they pay nothing at all unless their lawsuits are successful.

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Legal Rights for Free

If you would like to know more about filing a chemical hair straightener lawsuit, we encourage you to contact us promptly. Our lawyers can assess your legal rights; and, if you have a claim, we can use our experience to seek the full compensation you and your family deserve. To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, call 800-780-8607 or request an appointment online today.

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