Damages in a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

By Osborne & Francis
July 18, 2024

Many product liability lawsuits have been filed after scientific studies revealed that the consistent use of hair relaxers could cause uterine cancer. Hair relaxers contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which can cause hormonal imbalance and have a carcinogenic effect.

Women who have used hair-relaxing products and suffered severe medical conditions as a result have filed lawsuits to pursue compensation for damages. A product liability lawyer can help you assess your damages, determine who the liable party is, and put you in the best position to recover compensation for hair relaxer damages.

Economic Damages in a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Many hair relaxer uterine cancer lawsuits are filed to seek compensation for economic damages caused by the at-fault party’s negligence. These are damages that have a specific monetary value that a product liability lawyer can point to. In some cases, the damage may even have a bill or receipt that you can use to prove that you suffered the damage. 

Suffering from uterine cancer can severely affect a woman’s financial situation, as they will require medical treatment to heal from the medical condition. They also may not be able to work for a couple of weeks or could have their long-term employment affected. A product liability lawyer can help you determine how your financial situation was affected by uterine cancer from hair relaxer use.

Pursuing Medical Expenses in a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Medical bills are a type of economic damage that has to do with the cost of your medical treatment. Following a uterine cancer diagnosis, you will have to undergo medical treatment to reduce the harmful effects of the medical condition. These treatments, which can include medication and therapy, cost money that you likely do not have. They can cost tens of thousands of dollars, which you could pursue in a hair relaxer uterine cancer lawsuit.

The following are some of the medical expenses associated with hair relaxer uterine cancer lawsuits:

  • Therapy
  • Medication costs
  • Hospitalization costs
  • At-home caregiving
  • Clinical trials

Lost Wages and Earning Potential in a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

After a uterine cancer diagnosis, a woman may not be able to work and experience lost wages as a result. The physical toll of the symptoms of uterine cancer could prevent someone from working, or their doctor may also suggest focusing on recovery rather than the stress of their job. If not for the negligence of hair relaxer manufacturers and retailers, they would not have to lose their wages from time off of work.

They may also pursue compensation for lost earning potential from a hair relaxer lawsuit, which is when an injury or illness prevents someone from maintaining employment. Their job may be too physically demanding because of the medical toll caused by uterine cancer. They may also lose their job due to the time they need to take off to recover from uterine cancer. Hair relaxer uterine cancer victims could pursue compensation for damages if their employment was affected by their cancer diagnosis.

Non-Economic Damages in a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Another type of damage you could pursue in a defective product lawsuit regarding uterine cancer caused by hair relaxer use are non-economic damages. These are intangible damages that do not have a specific monetary value but affect the victim emotionally, mentally, and psychologically. Damages that affect the victim’s quality of life, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life, are non-economic damages that a product liability attorney can help you pursue compensation for.

How Hair Relaxer Medical Conditions Can Affect Your Standard of Living

The effect of a uterine cancer diagnosis can have a negative emotional effect on a person, as it can come unexpectedly. Nobody expects to suffer from uterine cancer from using a hair relaxer, and the unexpected diagnosis can lead to negative mental health effects. Victims of uterine cancer may not be able to do things like they did before due to the physical and emotional pain and suffering they experience. Their quality of life can be reduced because of the way their life changes for the worse.

The following are some of the ways uterine cancer can affect a person’s standard of living

  • Daily pain and suffering
  • Not being able to do things that they did before
  • The emotional toll of requiring medical assistance
  • Loss of society
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Loss of Consortium in a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Loss of consortium is when a person can no longer experience the benefit of a loving relationship due to a personal injury. Uterine cancer can provide physical and emotional pain that can make intimacy difficult. Following a uterine cancer diagnosis, a woman may experience a loss of companionship, love, affection, and sexual intimacy that can have a negative psychological effect on their life. Hair relaxer uterine cancer victims can pursue compensation for deprivation of loving relationship benefits caused by their medical condition.

How Can a Product Liability Lawyer Help You Pursue Compensation for Hair Relaxer Damages?

Hiring a product liability lawyer to help with your hair relaxer lawsuit can allow you to focus on your recovery. They have experience litigating product liability lawsuits like ones regarding hair relaxer uterine cancer, and they can apply that experience to maximize your potential for recovering fair compensation.

One way they can assist you is by contacting medical experts to assess how uterine cancer has already caused damages and what damages you could incur in the future. With this information, they can assess the full cost of your damages to ensure you receive fair compensation that can help you pay for uterine cancer damages throughout your life. They can also collect evidence to prove your case, negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company, and represent you in court.

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Contact Osborne & Francis for Help With Your Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

The experienced product liability lawyers at Osborne & Francis can assist you in assessing your damages, determining who the liable party is for your hair relaxer lawsuit, and collecting evidence to prove your case. We know the impact a cancer diagnosis can have after just using a hair product, and we look to be in your corner to represent you properly. Allow our product liability lawyers to help put you in the best position to recover fair damages for your current and future hair relaxer damages.

Osborne & Francis offers free consultations to hair relaxer uterine cancer victims to show how our product liability lawyers can help you pursue compensation for damages. Contact us at (561) 678-0156 or leave a message on our online contact page

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