£4000 Compensation For Laser Hair Removal Burn
A client received £4000 in an out of court settlement for a laser hair removal burn claim after the salon accepted liability for using an IPL machine negligently.
A laser hair removal injury claim was brought by a client of a salon who experienced laser hair removal burns and subsequent scarring after an IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment. The beautician in the salon was found to be in breach of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 because she failed to act with reasonable care in carrying out the laser hair removal service. She was found to be negligent as she turned up the machine intensity too high and it reached a hazardous level of intensity which was untested. She did not take reasonable care to ensure that she wouldn’t be putting the client in danger. A patch test was not carried out and the client was unaware of the possible side effects. Normal procedure would be to cool the patient’s skin before and after the treatment but she did not do this. This combination of failings meant that the client was found to be eligible to receive compensation for laser hair removal burns.
Laser hair removal burns – how common are they?
There are an increasing number of beauty treatment claims as there a number of risks involved in beauty treatments and many of these procedures are carried out by people who are not medical professionals. The UK allows non-medics to carry out IPL procedures and although clinics should be registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission, the risks of complications are higher if the person carrying out the treatment is not medically qualified. Therefore a laser hair removal burn compensation claim is more likely.
What injuries can be sustained in laser hair removal?
IPL uses light source to heat and destroy hair follicles in skin which results in semi permanent removal of unwanted hair. Side effects of this can include skin blisters, lightening or darkening of skin, swelling, burns, scarring, bruising, mottled skin or even a skin reaction called ‘erythema ab igne’. These side effects are more frequent with prolonged or repeated treatments. It’s best to let a doctor see the injuries as soon as possible to increase you chance of winning a burn injury claim. If you are wondering how to get rid of laser hair removal burns then the best way is to keep the burns moist and use an ice pack. Take over the counter pain relief and stay out of the sun. You may want to use some skin healing ointment that is available either over the counter or by prescription. The laser hair removal burns healing time in this case was around one month. If you’re wondering “can I sue for laser burns?” then the answer is probably yes, if your are the result of the salon or clinic’s negligence then you can make a laser hair removal burn claim.
What did the claimant claim for?
The laser hair removal burn claim in this case was due to the fact that the claimant suffered superficial burns, and although these healed after around a month, she was left with some hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, which is discolouration of the skin and is visible when seen up close. The beautician admitted responsibility and so the laser hair removal burn claim was settled out of court for an amount that the claimant was happy with.
Claiming against the salon- what is involved?
Suing a beautician or clinician is possible if there is evidence of negligence or ignorance which results in injury to the client. The laser hair removal burn claim can even extend to suing for emotional distress if the injury is shown to harm self-esteem or quality of life. The person carrying out the treatment has a duty of care to the client to ensure that they are not unduly harmed during a procedure. Salons and clinics will have insurance to cover them in the event of a claim for any kind of injury. Should you suffer an injury in a salon, it is useful to provide a before and after picture for evidence. You have a period of three years to claim but the sooner the better for physical evidence. Try to establish who was responsible and keep any appointment cards and receipts. Also keep a record of any medical advice that you were given following the injury.
Common complaints leading to a beauty salon compensation claim
There are a number of potential causes of injury in a salon. These include hair damage after colouring treatments, laser treatment injuries, allergic reactions to chemicals, scalp damage from hair products or equipment, eye injuries from eyelash treatments and tanning incidents. If you’re wondering can you sue for waxing burns? Then the answer is yes you can sue for that as well. If you speak to the Legal Experts, they will be able to advise you properly about your specific claim.
No win, No fee IPL Laser hair removal burn claims – what is involved?
No win no fee laser hair removal burn claims are a way of making the laser hair removal injury claim that you are entitled to, without paying any fees upfront. If you don’t win the case, you don’t pay any fees to your solicitor. If you do win, the legal fees owed are taken from the compensation money.
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Our team of experts would love to advise you on whether you have a laser hair removal burn claim that is likely to be successful and we will put you in touch with an experienced solicitor who can make the claim on your behalf.
If you think you may be entitled to claim compensation, please call us for free advice on how to proceed on 0800 073 8804. We’re here to help from 9am – 9pm 7 days a week. You can also use our online chat 7 days a week if you prefer.