Eligible for a Hair Relaxer lawsuit?
Lawsuit Alleges L’Oreal Hair Relaxer Caused Fibroids and Need For Uterine Myomectomy
A Florida woman has filed a product liability lawsuit alleging that L’Oreal hair relaxer products caused her to develop endometriosis and uterine fibroids, resulting in the need for a uterine myomectomy to remove them.
The complaint (PDF) was filed by KeAira Gamble on October 26, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The lawsuit names L’Oreal USA, Inc., Strength of Nature Global, LLC, Soft Sheen/Carson, Inc. and Namaste Laboratories, LLC as defendants, indicating that the companies were responsible for the development and sale of various toxic hair relaxer products, including Just for Me, Motions, and ORS Olive Oil products.
Gamble joins a growing number of women now pursuing a hair relaxer lawsuit after developing uterine cancer, breast cancer, fibroids, endometrosis and other injuries allegedly caused by long-term exposure to toxic phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals that have ben found in hair relaxers that have been marketed as safe for decades.
Gamble indicates she began using hair relaxer products in 1994, when she was only six years old. She continued to use hair straighteners until at least 2012, resulting in 18 years of exposure the toxic chemicals in the hair relaxers.
“Mrs. Gamble would keep the Product on her hair for the time allotted in the instructions. There was never any indication, on the Products packaging or otherwise, that this normal use could and would cause her to develop fibroids,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Gamble was diagnosed with uterine fibroids on or about September 2011, at the young age of 22, after experiencing extremely heavy bleeding and excruciating pain during her periods.”
The lawsuit indicates she underwent a myomectomy that month to remove the fibroids caused by hair relaxer chemicals. During the procedure, Gamble’s doctors discovered she also had endometriosis.
In 2019 the fibroids returned, and she has developed a cyst on her left ovary. The lawsuit states Gamble continues to experience heavy clotting during her menstrual cycle, as well as painful cramping.
“Ms. Gamble’s uterine fibroids are directly and proximately caused by her regular and prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals found in Defendant’s hair relaxer products,” according to the lawsuit, which involves claims for strict liability, failure to warn, design and manufacturing defects, negligence, misrepresentation, fraud, concealment, breach of express and implied warranty, violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, violation of the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act of 1975, and negligent failure to issue a hair relaxer recall after the manufacturer learned about the risks associated with their products.
Hair Relaxer Uterine Fibroid and Endometriosis Risks
Uterine fibroids are usually noncancerous growths in the uterus. Many women develop them during their lives, but often do not know because mild cases sometimes cause no symptoms. However, in other cases, numerous fibroids can appear and cause the uterus to expand, which can lead to pain and other health problems.
Symptoms of uterine fibroids can include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Long-duration menstrual periods lasting more than a week
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Back or leg pain
- Frequent urination and difficulty emptying the bladder.
In some cases, uterine fibroids have also been linked to infertility or pregnancy loss. It was originally believed that they carried very few health risks, however, in 2017 the FDA warned that potentially as many as one out of every 255 women have uterine fibroids which contain hidden cancer cells.
This revelation led to changes in uterine fibroid removal, with doctors moving away from the use of power morcellators, which could accidentally release the cancerous cells and spread cancer to other parts of a woman’s body.
Now, uterine fibroids are often removed via what is known as a myomectomy, where the fibroids are surgically removed from the wall of the uterus while preserving the uterus the woman’s ability to bear children. However, it does not stop fibroids from recurring later in life.
Endometriosis is a condition where cells like those lining the uterus begin to grow outside of the uterus, onto the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and tissue lining the pelvis. The condition can cause pain during periods, intercourse, bowel movements or urination, and can also cause excessive bleeding and infertility. In addition, ovarian cancer appears to occur at higher rates among those with endometriosis.
Share Your Story
Have you developed uterine fibroids or uterine cancer from hair relaxer products? Share your story with the AboutLawsuits.com community and request that a lawyer review whether you may be eligible for a settlement.
Hair Relaxer Uterine Cancer Risks
Chemical hair relaxers are popular among African American women, to style hair into a straight configuration by using extremely high heat and chemicals to break down disulphide bonds, which are the permanent hair bonds responsible for an individual’s natural hair type. However, the products often use a variety of hazardous chemicals, including formaldehyde, Di-2-ethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) and phthalates; all of which are known for their individual abilities to either cause cancer, disrupt normal hormone function and cause reproductive and developmental problems, among other side effects.
In recent years multiple studies have been published highlighting the risk of hair relaxers and perms causing cancer.
Earlier this month, a study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, warning that ingredients used in the chemical hair straighteners may cause uterine cancer. Researchers found that the rate of uterine cancer was nearly three times greater among women who frequently used hair relaxer chemicals, compared to women who never used the products.
Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health reviewed data on nearly 34,000 women in the United States between the ages of 35 and 74 who completed questionnaires on their use of multiple hair products, including hair dyes, straighteners, relaxers, or pressing products, and permanents or body waves. A 10 year follow-up on the incident rate of uterine cancer diagnosis was performed.
According to the results, researchers identified 378 uterine cancer cases, finding participants who used hair straightening products at least once had the highest rate of uterine cancer diagnosis compared to any other hair products involved in the study. They also had a higher rate of uterine cancer when compared to women who used no hair straightener products.
Studies Linking Hair Straightener Chemicals to Breast Cancer
A 2019 study published in the International Journal of Cancer (IJC) issued similar findings, indicating women who reported regularly using straighteners and permanent hair dyes were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer than non-users.
Over an eight year period, researchers identified 2,794 cases of breast cancer after chemical hair straighteners use. The study revealed those who frequently used hair straightener products were at a significantly increased risk of breast cancer, finding women using hair straighteners at least every five to eight weeks, had a 30% increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Researchers warned that African American women who reported using permanent hair dyes regularly were associated with a 60% increase of breast cancer diagnosis, compared to an 8% increased risk for Caucasian women.
Latest Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Updates
Learn more about allegations involved in hair relaxer cancer lawsuits being pursued by women throughout the U.S. and criteria for claims being investigated by lawyers.
Find Out If You Qualify for Hair Relaxer Compensation
DinahApril 17, 2023 at 8:33 pm
Pelvic pain and pressure,back and leg pain. Frequent urination difficulty emptying bladder. Infertility.
TracyMarch 7, 2023 at 10:36 am
In 1996 I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis, fibroid tumors, hematoma behind my left kidney and severe scar tissue and fibroid tumors spreading throughout my uterus and outside of my uterus. I was in constant pelvic pain and cramping with extreme bleeding. The endometriosis and fibroids attached itself to all of my organs causing severe pain and pulling down on my organs twisting them with [Show More]In 1996 I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis, fibroid tumors, hematoma behind my left kidney and severe scar tissue and fibroid tumors spreading throughout my uterus and outside of my uterus. I was in constant pelvic pain and cramping with extreme bleeding. The endometriosis and fibroids attached itself to all of my organs causing severe pain and pulling down on my organs twisting them with damage. It effected all of my organs, especially my bowels and bladder. I had to have foleys put in to go home with and in the hospital. I had to have many surgeries starting from the age of 21 in 1992 through 2006. I had many laparoscopy‘s at first trying to stop the spread of endometriosis and scar tissues, excessive bleeding and fibroids tumors. I started getting hospitalized in 1992 with many surgeries which continued after. I had to have partial hysterectomy in 1996 at the age of 26 then a full hysterectomy at the age of 28. I couldn’t get pregnant and had severe pain and pain with intercourse , issues with my bowels, bladder and even my liver from the endometriosis and fibroids and excessive bleeding and pain. . This went on for years as I still struggle. I have had many surgeries and hospital stays. I have not been the same. I was unable to get pregnant or have more kids. I always wanted a big family and feel that was taken from me. My Drs tried extremely hard trying to stop the spread of endometriosis, fibroid tumors and the heavy bleeding with pain and fatigue but everything was getting worse. I was on medication for a year to stop my cycle to try and get me pregnant also seeing infertility Dr before needing the hysterectomy but the medications did not work or the infertility Dr. This all resulting in full abdominal hysterectomy. They said they were extremely sorry but I needed a full hysterectomy asap.
LisaDecember 11, 2022 at 7:23 pm
I have fibroids and had a surgery in 2015 to remove them with the minor invasive surgery and they was too large . I had the uterine artery embolization in 2016 which made a big difference I wasn’t feeling as bad as I’ve been. But I had all the records from the hospital the photos of the fibroids that the laser took inside that showed they were too enlarged, I was a patient at Jefferson hospital Ph[Show More]I have fibroids and had a surgery in 2015 to remove them with the minor invasive surgery and they was too large . I had the uterine artery embolization in 2016 which made a big difference I wasn’t feeling as bad as I’ve been. But I had all the records from the hospital the photos of the fibroids that the laser took inside that showed they were too enlarged, I was a patient at Jefferson hospital Philadelphia Pa.
TonyaNovember 15, 2022 at 3:05 am
I have used relaxer products, specially Dark n lovely as well as permanent hair dye. I’ve been using these products for years as young as age 11 or younger. I have found to have endometriosis and had surgery almost two years ago as an attempt to remove it. But was told this can continue to spread through the body as there is no cure.
KristiNovember 2, 2022 at 12:54 pm
These products that I used as a child growing up have caused me to have fibroids removed.
LameciaNovember 2, 2022 at 7:56 am
My stomach was swollen for about a year and I didn't know what was going on and come to find out I had uterine fibroids and had to have surgery and they took my ovaries,and I can't have children.
"*" indicates required fields
More Top Stories
With thousands of Bard hernia mesh lawsuits pending in the federal court system, a fourth bellwether trial will be held in the spring, involving allegations that defects with Bard 3DMax caused painful and permanent injuries.
A Tepezza hearing loss lawsuit accuses the manufacturer of failing to warn doctors to conduct hearing tests, which could have helped a woman avoid permanent hearing damage.
A South Dakota man has filed one of the first gastroparesis lawsuits against Ozempic manufacturers, alleging that users have not been adequately warned about the risk of severe vomiting and long-term stomach side effects.