Beauty Treatment Injury Claim
More and more people are going to beauty salons. There can be very few high streets that do not have a beauty salon of some sort, offering a range of treatments such as a change of hair colour, hair straightening, hair removal, fillers, Botox, waxing and tanning – the list is endless.
These salons were closed during the pandemic, and how we missed them! We saw our image on the screen during zoom calls and longed for the salons to reopen again.
A spa day experience has become a very popular gift.
We have these treatments not dreaming that anything could go wrong, though, one look at the gossip pages of the tabloids will tell you that things can indeed go wrong, as has happened in the case of some celebrities.
Sadly, the beauty industry is not well regulated. It is not even compulsory to have insurance. Anyone can set themselves up as a hairdresser, without even having a salon and come to your home and cause serious burns to your scalp.
Treatments involve strong chemicals to which you might be sensitive. Precautions must be taken, such as testing a strand of hair.
Beauty practitioners should be properly trained and supervised and know what they are doing.
Who is responsible?
There are 2 possible parties who may be responsible. The primary responsibility is with the practitioner. They have duty of care which they owe to you to take reasonable care of your safely. That means, for example, only providing treatments that they are competent to provide, and following all manufacturer’s instructions.
Another possible responsible party might be the manufacturer of a product that was applied to your body. However, such cases are relatively rare. For example, if you suffer an allergic reaction to a chemical in a beauty treatment this is not likely to be the fault of the manufacturer unless an entire batch was faulty and has been recalled.
It is more likely that there was a failure to do a strand test or the product might have been left on your hair or skin for too long.
- Burns to scalp and skin from powerful agents used to change skin colour.
- Damage to hair, causing it to become brittle and fall out.
- Allergic reactions from products that were not suitable.
Can I sue my beauty therapist
If you can prove that your beauty therapist was negligent then you can make a claim.
It may be necessary for us to obtain an independent report such as a trichologist who specialises in hair, in order to show that the therapist was negligent.
Beauty treatment compensation
Compensation can be awarded for pain and suffering. This will take into account both physical injuries such as scarring and skin discolouration and psychiatric symptoms.
Many people have beauty treatments because they want to improve their appearance and feel more confident in public. When the treatment goes wrong, the effect on mental health can be as bad if not worse than the effect on physical health.
You can also claim for expenses such as loss of earnings, travel expenses and the cost of any remedial treatment.
Time limits to make a claim
The time limit to make a claim is 3 years. We recommend, however that you make your claim as soon as possible.
There is always a risk, especially if you want to a small independently run business for your treatment that the business might not have public liability insurance and the owners might shut down their business and declare themselves bankrupt. We cannot pursue a claim if the defendant has no means to settle the claim.
We will seek at an early stage to establish that there is insurance in place.
We also advise that you pursue the claim at the earliest possible stage so that we can get photographic evidence and instruct the appropriate experts.
How long does the compensation claim process take
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.