Most women generally don’t consider beauty products as a possible contributing factor towards breast cancer. However, O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are investigating reports of a possible link to some hair dyes and straightening products with breast cancer. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have used hair dye or straightening products, you may have grounds to file an Ohio hair dye and breast cancer lawsuit.
Our attorneys can evaluate your case to see if there may be a connection between your hair dye and diagnosis. Big companies fight these lawsuits to try to avoid accountability for any negligence; however, our compassionate injury attorneys are ready to advocate for you against the manufacturers of potentially harmful hair products.
Connection Between Hair Products and Breast Cancer
A recent study released by the National Institutes of Health found a possible link between hair dye and breast cancer. Researchers found that African American women who use permanent, chemical hair dye used every five to eight weeks increase their risk of breast cancer by 60 percent, while white women’s risk increases by eight percent. Overall, the study found that women using hair dye in the year before the study were nine percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not.
Chemical hair straighteners may also increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer and are more commonly used by African American women. Researchers found these products could increase their risk by 30 percent. Our experienced Ohio attorneys will evaluate the connection between hair dyes and your breast cancer to assess liability.
Hair Dye as a Defective Product
A products liability lawsuit involves suing the manufacturers of a dangerous product that causes serious side effects. To file a lawsuit against a hair dye company, you and one of our dedicated attorneys would need to prove the use of the hair product directly relates to your breast cancer diagnosis. The lawsuit would also involve the companies that designed, distributed, and sold the hair dye or chemical straightener. These cases can be complex and require the testimony of experts to prove your case.
A product can be defective in three ways. First, there may be inherent flaws in the design of the product. For example, a company may use potentially cancer-causing agents in the chemical composition of a beauty product. Secondly, there may also be a manufacturing defect, meaning the defect occurs in the production process. Finally, if the case involves marketing defects, the manufacturer must have inadequately warned consumers of the risk of cancer.
After establishing proof of who is responsible, the injured party must prove a “proximate cause” or connection between the defective hair product and your resulting cancer. Often, companies strenuously oppose these lawsuits in an effort to avoid responsibility. Therefore, expert evidence is crucial.
Your attorney would then work to prove damages in order for you to be properly compensated for the harm done to you. In cases of breast cancer, damages may include past and future medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, loss of companionship, future medical care, and compensation for pain and suffering.
A Lawyer Could Help File Ohio Hair Dye and Breast Cancer Lawsuits
It is distressing to think that the products you use to look and feel good may cause you harm. While you may have trusted the dye you used, there is evidence now that dangers may exist in popular hair products. Our caring attorneys will investigate to determine if you have a case and will help you file a hair dye and breast cancer lawsuit to recover financial compensation. Connect with our team today for more information and legal support.