Laser Hair Removal Burns – Can I Claim Compensation?
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 18th April 2023. Welcome to our laser hair removal negligence claims guide. Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent form of removing unwanted body hair. Laser hair removal in the UK has become increasingly popular over recent years and more and more beauty salons and clinics are offering this treatment as a service.
As with all other services they offer, beauticians have a duty of care when carrying out such procedures to ensure everything goes smoothly and that the outcome is as the client expects, and that nothing goes wrong. However, as with all cosmetic surgery, there are laser hair removal risks, and if the beautician has failed to adequately inform the client about the procedure and something goes wrong, then you will be able to claim compensation.
If this has happened to you, we may be able to help you secure the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve. Get in touch with our advisors today to get started.
Select a section:
- What Is Laser Hair Removal Surgery?
- What To Do If Harmed By Laser Hair Removal
- Can I Claim For Laser Hair Removal Burns?
- How To Begin A Hair Removal Surgery Negligence Claim
- What Can Be Claimed For After Laser Hair Removal Negligence?
- Types Of Laser Hair Removal Negligence
- Compensation Payouts For Laser Hair Removal Negligence
- No Win No Fee Laser Hair Removal Negligence Claims
Before we look at laser hair removal negligence claims, let’s look at what this procedure actually is.
Laser hair removal surgery is where the unwanted body hair is removed by destroying the hair follicle by means of exposure to pulses of laser light. The treatment became commercially available in the mid 1990’s and is now widely used in beauty salons and clinics across the UK.
The laser hair removal machines give out a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration that are used to obtain the maximum effect on the targeted tissue but with minimum effect on the surrounding tissue.
There are a number of benefits from laser hair removal such as:
- Lasers are able to selectively work on the problem area targeting without affecting the surrounding area.
- Speed. It takes just a fraction of a second for each pulse of the laser to treat many hairs at the same time. Large areas such as the back or legs can take up to an hour to be treated, whereas smaller areas such as the upper lip may be treated in less than a minute.
- Although it is thought of as a semi-permanent form of hair removal, sometimes permanent hair loss is experienced after three to seven treatments making it very desirable if you suffer with unwanted body hair.
There are some common laser hair removal side effects such as itching, pink or redness and swelling around the treated area but they should normally go after two or three days.
If you suffered laser hair removal burns or other kinds of harm from laser hair removal, you might be eligible to claim compensation. However, you will need to establish that you were owed a duty of care and it was a breach in this that caused your laser hair removal scars. Failing to adhere to a duty of care, resulting in injury, is known as negligence.
You will need evidence that supports your case. For laser hair removal burns this may include:
- Photographs of the burns and/or scars.
- Medical records. In addition to your medical records showing the date of the procedure as well as when you sought treatment for the injuries, you might be invited to attend an independent medical assessment to help establish the severity of the burns or scars.
- Witness contact details. If anyone saw what happened to cause your unnecessary suffering, you could note their contact information so they can give a statement later on in the proceedings.
If you need any help gathering evidence, call our advisors. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with free advice.
Time Limits Regarding Claims For Laser Hair Removal Burns
As per the Limitation Act 1980, you will generally have three years to start a personal injury claim. Exceptions can be made to the time limit under specific circumstances. The Limitation Act allows exceptions for:
- Under 18’s – whose time limit will only begin when they turn 18
- People who lack the capacity to make a claim – whose time limit will restart when/if they regain capacity.
In both instances, a litigation friend could be appointed to represent the claimant until they were able to start a claim on their own behalf.
If you were injured in any way because of negligence during a hair laser removal, such as burns, please reach out to an adviser for a free eligibility check or to see if you could still claim.
If you suffered a burn from laser hair removal, you may wonder whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. As stated previously, you are owed a duty of care when undergoing a hair removal procedure. This means that the party carrying out the procedure must avoid causing you any unnecessary harm, such as laser hair removal burns.
To be able to make a claim if you have suffered from burns from laser hair removal, you will need to prove that the laser hair removal burn was caused because of a breach in the duty of care they owed you.
Call our advisors today to discuss your potential claim for a laser hair removal burn. Additionally, they could connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors who could help you with your claim.
If your procedure goes wrong and it’s down to negligence, you could be entitled to make laser hair removal negligence claims. If you would like to claim compensation for botched hair removal surgery, then simply give us a call and we can get started on the process. We have years of experience of claiming compensation and have helped many people get the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.
Once you have called us, we will give you a free consultancy session to determine the details of your case. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and also gives us the chance to ask you some questions too so that we can understand exactly what your needs are and so advise you the correct course of action. We can even arrange a local medical if required at no extra cost to you.
Then with your permission, we will proceed with making your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. What this means is that you will not be required to pay any legal fees unless your case is a success.
For more information on laser hair removal negligence claims, please continue reading.
When making cosmetic surgery claims UK, there are a number of things that you can include such as:
- Medical Expenses – This covers the cost of the treatment, prescription fees, counselling etc.
- General Damages – This is the compensation you will receive for your injuries you have sustained and the physical pain and psychological suffering you have had to endure.
- Travel Expenses – This relates to any costs of travelling to and from the hospital. It can also cover any costs incurred by needing vehicle adaptions or alternative transport arrangements during your recovery.
- Care Claim – If you have needed help around the house, then the person who has been helping you can file a care claim.
- Loss of Earnings – Any income that you have lost and any future income that may be lost can be claimed for as long as it is as a direct result of your surgery.
The following lists the most common types of negligence experienced when having laser hair removal:
- Burns and blistering.
- Laser burn marks on the face.
- Hyper-pigmentation – meaning darkening of the skin.
- Corneal ulcers – these are open sores which can develop on the surface of the eye.
- Irreversible damage to the skin due to the laser going too deep.
- Appearance of the skin seems to be uneven.
- Muscle tone can be reduced.
Before undergoing treatment, the clinical practitioner should establish all of your medical conditions to make sure the treatment is safe and suitable for you. If they fail to follow such procedures, they could be liable for any subsequent damage you suffered through making laser hair removal negligence claims.
If you suffered burns from laser hair removal due to a liable party’s negligence, you might be eligible for compensation. You may have used our compensation calculator to help determine how much compensation for permanent scarring you could claim. However, each claim is assessed individually. Therefore, the calculator may not be able to tell you everything that could be included.
Some claims include special damages, which we’ll examine shortly. Firstly, in successful medical negligence claims, general damages are awarded to compensate for pain and suffering.
To help when assigning value to pain and suffering, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a text listing injuries and severity next to compensation brackets based on previous successful court claims.
We’ve included a table below with figures given for potential injuries that could be suffered due to laser burns. They are taken from the latest update of the JCG. However, as stated above, each claim is different. Therefore, they should not be taken as the definite amount you will receive. Additionally, these figures only apply to England and Wales.
|Reason for Compensation
|Typical compensation amount
|Severe psychiatric damage
|£54,830 to £115,730
|This relates to cases where the prognosis is poor, there are problems with regards to future vulnerability , the extent to which the treatment would be successful. It also relates to the effect on the claimants relationships and their ability to cope on a daily basis.
|Moderately severe psychiatric damage
|£19,070 to £54,830
|This amount is calculated when taking into account the problems above but with a better prognosis.
|Moderate psychiatric damage
|£5,860 to £19,070
|This relates to some of the factors mentioned above but with a much better prognosis and even some improvement by the time of trial.
|Less severe psychiatric damage
|£1,540 to £5,860
|The payout amount will be determined by the impact on the claimants sleep and daily activities.
|Very severe facial scarring
|£29,780 to £97,330
|Young claimants with severe psychological reaction to disfigurement.
|Less severe facial scarring
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Substantial disfigurement with significant psychological reaction.
|Significant facial scarring
|£9,110 to £30,090
|Aided by plastic surgery with relatively minor psychological impacts.
|Minor body scarring
|£2,370 to £7,830
|This is for cases where there is one noticeable scar or several superficial scars.
|Fear of death and expectation of life.
As mentioned above, special damages might be included in some claims. Special damages seek to recover any financial losses caused by your injury. It is likely that you will need to submit evidence. For example, receipts or invoices for goods and services purchased and your payslips to recover loss of earnings.
Examples of special damages for laser burn injuries include:
- Scar relief. This could cover anything from specialist creams and gels to minimise the appearance of scars to plastic surgery.
- Prescription costs. This can include bandages and antibacterial gels as well as any pain relief you were prescribed.
- Carer costs. For example, if you need to pay for a carer to change your bandages.
- Loss of earnings. If you required any time off work to recover from your injuries. It could also include pension contributions.
If you have any questions about the scar compensation calculator in the UK, please call our advisors. Alternatively, they can give you a bespoke valuation of your claim.
Some people may be apprehensive about hiring legal assistance to help them with their claims. This could be for a variety of reasons, but financial worries can be among them.
However, all of our lawyers work with their clients under a No Win No Fee agreement. But what does this mean?
When making a No Win No Fee claim, your lawyer will make you aware of what percentage they will take from your settlement to cover their costs. But this percentage is only taken if your claim is successful. It is also capped by law.
If you are not awarded compensation, then you are not required to pay your lawyer this percentage. Financing legal assistance in this way can help reduce the financial risk that hiring a lawyer may pose to you.
If you have any questions regarding laser hair removal negligence claims or believe you may be entitled to compensation, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 073 8804. You can also reach us online by using our ‘contact us’ page or our 24/7 live chat service.
This is the NHS guide on laser hair removal and gives you information all about the procedure including preparation, potential risks and costs.
If you have been the victim of medical negligence, find out how much compensation you can claim by contacting us for free legal advice.
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