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How Much Compensation For An Injury Caused By Beauty Treatments?

Looking good is great for your body image, confidence and self-esteem, but incompetent or negligent professionals can sometimes cause you to sustain severe injuries in the process of trying to make you look good.

A statistical report by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) revealed that at least 50% of people working in the UK beauty treatment industry are under qualified. Some of these poorly trained professionals may expose their clients to risk of different types of injuries.

Beauty treatment procedures such as hair styling, microdermabrasion, tanning, laser skin treatments, spa treatments, body piercing, body arts, nail treatments and minor cosmetic procedures like Botox, can sometimes pose risks to members of the public. When beauty treatments and cosmetic procedures are not properly handled, clients could suffer from chemical burns, skin burns, allergic reactions and contraction of post-procedural infections or blood borne diseases.

If you or any of your loved ones have suffered any form of injuries due to beauty salon negligence, negligence of a spa and its staff, nail salons, tanning salons, or any other beauty treatment establishment, our legal experts can help you get beauty treatment injury compensation from the negligent professional or the business owner. Our contact details are at the bottom of this page so feel free to contact us for free legal advice or to start your claims process right away.

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A Guide to Claiming for an Injury Caused by Beauty Treatments

Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 mandates that the owners and managers of beauty treatment establishments conduct their businesses and offer services in such a way that the clients are fully protected from all risks of accidents.

The Sales of Goods and Services Act of 1982 also specifies that sellers of goods and suppliers of services are expected to offer services to consumers who enter into contracts with them in such a way that they are protected from potential injuries and damages.

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Beauty service providers who fail to adhere to the instructions laid out by these government regulations may be found guilty of negligence and may be required to pay restitution in form of beauty treatment injury compensation to the affected client.

Beauty treatment claims are not exclusive to gender; men and women who have been affected by beauty treatment injuries through no fault of their own, are both entitled to make claims. However, you would need the services of a competent legal professional to improve your chances of success.

This guide has all the information you need to begin your claims process. You will learn what steps you need to take after you have suffered an injury, how to start your claim without any financial commitments, the different types of injuries you can claim for and how much compensation you can reasonably expect to receive.

If you have further questions or require clarification of any point after reading through this guide, please use the contact details at the bottom of this page to contact us.

What is an Injury Caused by Beauty Treatments?

A beauty treatment injury is any type of injury sustained during, or as a side effect of beauty treatment procedures. Beauty treatment injuries may be caused due to a number of factors including human error, equipment failure or allergic reactions and infections caused by beauty products, beauty treatment procedures, and potentially harmful chemicals used in beauty treatments.

Common injuries that may be caused by beauty treatments include skin discoloration, infection, burns and scarring, allergic reactions, hair loss, facial scarring, incorrectly or poorly drawn tattoos, eye infections, cuts and bruising and many other serious or embarrassing problems cosmetic problems.

Claiming for Injuries Caused by Skin Treatments

There is always a risk of chemical or allergic reactions occurring when beauty treatments are applied to the skin. The skin is the largest and most visible organ in the human body, but it is also one of the most sensitive. Even a small patch of skin, when exposed to caustic chemicals, can lead to severe health consequences.

Beauty technicians are expected to read manufacturer’s instructions before using any beauty treatments on clients. Before chemical peels can be carried out for instance, the beautician is mandated to carry out patch tests on a small, invisible portion of the skin and only proceed to fully apply the product on the client’s skin if there are no allergic reactions or potential damages.

If your beauty technician failed to carry out a full assessment of the risks of applying a product to your skin, or failed to protect you in any way, you can sue them for negligence and obtain compensation for any injuries and damages they exposed you to.

Claiming for Injuries Caused by Chemicals used in Beauty Treatments

Most of the chemicals used in beauty treatments are potentially harmful, especially when they are not handled by trained professionals.

The UK Department of Health and other laws controlling the conduct of beauty professionals, sets out guidelines to be followed when applying chemical treatments on clients.

When these guidelines are followed, the chances of a client suffering injuries are almost inexistent. Failure to follow these guidelines exposes the client to the risk of chemical burns and skin damage.

Claiming for Injuries Caused by Wax Treatments

One of the most frequently asked questions about beauty treatment claims from our clients is “can you sue for waxing burns?” Yes, you absolutely can, because before a beauty technician applies potentially harmful chemicals like wax to your skin, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 mandates them to carry out an assessment of the risks of the chemical treatment, and take preventive measures so that accidents can be avoided.

For instance, a patch test must be conducted before applying wax treatments to a client’s skin. The wax must not be overheated or applied incorrectly to avoid skin burns. When tools are to be shared amongst clients, they must be properly sterilised to prevent the spread of infection and blood-borne diseases.

Failure to comply with any of these safety regulations makes the beauty professional guilty of negligence. The affected client may be able to claim against the beauty salon and obtain compensation.

Other Common Causes of Beauty Treatment Injuries

Beauty treatment injuries may also be caused by a number of other situations including:

  • Non-Invasive Procedures: Carrying out non-invasive procedures such as Botox, to enhance beauty but a slight error during these procedures may lead to disfigurement and subsequent embarrassment for the affected client.
  • Slips and fall: Beauty salons make use of a lot of liquid which may sometimes spill on the floor and cause clients or visitors to slip and fall. The reasonable care clause as specified by the law for beauty salons, includes cleaning the floors from time to time and warning clients to steer clear of wet and slippery areas.
  • Damaged or Faulty Equipment: A lot of equipment is used to carry out beauty treatments, and most of this equipment is either powered by electricity or designed to generate heat, thereby exposing clients to the risk of electrical shocks or burns. Beauty salons are mandated to assess the risks of using different equipment on their clients and are expected to properly maintain this equipment and dispose of it when they can no longer be trusted to perform without exposing clients to injuries. If your beauty technician used any equipment in carrying out beauty treatments on you, and this equipment caused you to suffer from burns or any other injuries, you can make a burn injury claim against the beauty salon.
  • Incompetent Professionals: Before a beauty salon technician is assigned to work on a client’s hair, body or skin, especially when it involves using potentially harmful equipment or products, they are required by law, to have received adequate training. If inadequate staff training leads to an injury, a reason to claim compensation exists.
  • Defective Products: Injuries may also be caused by defective products. The manufacturer of the defective product may be solely liable for the damages but in some cases, the beauty store or the retailer of the product may be partly liable for selling the defective product to you.

Claiming Beauty Treatment Injuries as an Employee

If you were injured during the course of discharging your duties as an employed beauty technician, you can potentially sue your employer for your injuries.

Statistical information from the Health and Safety Executives (HSE) reveal that 70% of hairdressers suffer from skin damages caused by the chemical contents of beauty products.

Nail technicians are also exposed to the risks of asthma and other allergies as a result of exposure to the chemical contents of nail polishes and acrylics.

Employers in the UK owe a duty of care to their employees to protect them from any forms of health hazards during the course of discharging their duties. You may be able to claim for compensation from your employer of they failed to reasonably protect you in any way.

Beauty Treatment Facts and Statistics

Here are a few facts and statistics you should know about the operations and regulations of the UK beauty treatment industry:

  • At least half of the people who work in the UK beauty industry fall below qualification Level 2 where Level 4 is the highest level of qualification.
  • Some of the most common claims for beauty treatment injuries are from skin waxing, hair dyeing, skin tanning, eyelash tinting, Botox and dermabrasion.
  • At least 70% of beauty salon employees suffer from one work-related injury or another in the course of discharging their duties.
  • Beauty treatment injury claims are not only for injuries but for embarrassment suffered by the victim.

Beauty Industry activities include:

Nail bars
Laser skin treatments
Body art and skin piercing
Minor cosmetic procedures
Lip fillers


Assessing the Severity of Beauty Treatment Injuries

Before compensation for a beauty treatment injury can be awarded, the nature of the injuries would be evaluated, and this would determine the amount that would be awarded as compensation.

Beauty treatment injuries can be classified from minor or severe. Minor injuries may include first degree burns, bruises or cuts while severe injuries are injuries, that are harder to treat, and have more serious consequences such as hair loss, head injuries, third or second-degree burns and injuries that require surgical intervention may also be classified as severe.

Severe injuries attract higher compensation than minor injuries, but before an injury can be classified on the scale minor through to severe, a medical professional would have to perform an examination and issue a professional opinion.

The Long-Term Effects of Beauty Treatment Injuries

Embarrassment and social alienation is one of the potential harmful effects of beauty treatment injuries. A beauty treatment accident that leaves you with a bald head for instance, can cause you to suffer from embarrassment, lose social confidence.

Infections from unsterilized instruments may also cause kidney or liver damage if they are not detected and treated early.

Sustaining burn injuries from beauty salon mishaps could also cause both superficial and chronic health problems.

All of these consequences are considered before compensation is awarded for beauty treatment injuries. These and the fact that you may also suffer severe financial consequences such as loss of income and income potential, which may lead to a reduction in your current standard of living, resulting in emotional and psychological challenges for you and your loved ones.

What to do if you have suffered an Injury due to Beauty Treatments

Suing a beautician for negligence is no small task because the beautician would be naturally inclined to protect themselves by denying or disputing the claim. If you have enough evidence to back up your claims however, it would improve your chances of winning the case.

In view of this, it is recommended that you take the following steps following a beauty treatment accident or injury:

  • Take Photos of the Accident and Your Injuries: If possible, get photographic evidence of the injury itself, and the environment it happened in.
  • Keep Your Receipts and Other Paperwork: Receipts, contractual agreements and other paperwork would further help to prove that you received services that caused you to sustain injuries.
  • Report to the Management: Make a formal report to the beauty salon operator about the accident. There should be an accident book that needs to be updated with the details of the incident.
  • Seek Medical Treatment: Seek a qualified medical professional for immediate treatment. The associated documentation can be useful for making a compensation claim.
  • Keep Evidence of Treatment and Related Expenses: This is very important as it can help you get the highest compensation amount possible so remember to keep all evidences and records of any financial expenses or losses sustained in relation to the injury.
  • Talk to a Beauty Treatment Accident Claims Expert: A claim against beauty salon experts may only be successful with the right legal backing so you shouldn’t waste them in finding a qualified legal professional to represent you and help you make your claims.

Every individual beauty treatment accident case is unique. Our legal experts would be able to review your case during a free consultation session and tell you what to do next.

What can be claimed for After a Beauty Treatment Injury?

You can claim for two major categories of damages after a beauty treatment injury:

  • General Damages: This type of damages includes all of the physical aspects of the injury. This includes initial pain and suffering as well as ongoing health issues and also psychological damage.
  • Special Damages: Special damages account for all measurable financial losses including loss of income or earning potential, recuperation expenses, surgical fees, reversal procedures, medical expenses and equipment to help the victim cope, assisted care and living, prescriptions, rehabilitation expenses, travel expenses and funeral expenses in cases where the victim dies from their injuries.

No Win No Fee Beauty Treatment Injury Claims

You don’t need to worry about funding when you need to make a beauty treatment injury claim. With the No Win No Fee package that we offer, you can make your claim without any initial financial commitments.

You only need to pay our fee after compensation has been awarded, and in the unlikely event that we are unable to get compensation for you, you don’t have to pay anything.

How Much Can I Claim for an Injury Caused by a Beauty Treatment?

We cannot categorically tell you how much to expect without first taking a look at the facts of your case. However, we can give an estimate based on judicial guidelines, and the cases we have worked on the past.

Facial Scarring (Female)Very Severe£36,800 to £74,000The scarring is so bad that there is still disfigurement even after cosmetic surgery.
Facial Scarring (Female)Less Severe£23,000 to £36,800The scarring has left moderate to severe disfigurement that will be permanent.
Facial Scarring (Female)Significant Scarring£13,650 to £22,875The scarring is so bad that there is still disfigurement even after cosmetic surgery.
Facial Scarring (Female)Less Significant Scarring£3,000 to £10,450The scarring is not particularly noticeable, but upon inspection it is noticeable.
Facial Scarring (Female)Trivial Scarring £1,300 to £2,675The scarring is slight and hardly noticeable.
Facial Scarring (Male)Very Severe£22,625 to £50,000The scarring is so severe there is still disfigurement even after plastic surgery.
Facial Scarring (Male)Less Severe£13,650 to £22,875The scarring has left moderate to severe disfigurement that will be permanent.
Facial Scarring (Male)Significant Scarring£6,925 to £13,650The scars are visible at when speaking face to face.
Facial Scarring (Male)Less Significant Scarring£3,000 to £6,925The scarring is not particularly noticeable, but upon inspection it is noticeable.
Facial Scarring (Male)Trivial Scarring £1,300 to £2,675The scarring is slight and hardly noticeable.

To get an accurate estimate on how much you can reasonably expect from your beauty treatment injury claim, please use the contact details below to speak to one of our claims experts.

How to Start a Beauty Treatment Injury Claim

Before you can start your beauty treatment injury claim, you need to ascertain whether you are eligible to make a claim or not.

This could be determined during the free consultation that we offer every new client. If you would like to engage us your claims expert after the consultation, we can arrange for a local medical examination if required.

We will then begin your claims process on a no win no fee basis and continue to give you updates until you are awarded compensation.

Please use the contact details at the bottom of this page to claim your free consultation session and begin your claims process right away.

Why choose us as your Claims Service for a Beauty Treatment Injury Claim?

We are a team of qualified and highly experienced professionals who know the exact approach to take to get you a well-deserved compensation pay-out. We leave no stone unturned and stop at nothing to ensure our clients are completely satisfied.

We also understand the importance of privacy and would not share your information with anyone else. Our legal experts are friendly and easy to talk to so you can ask them any questions before, during and after making your claims.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

There is a legal time limit for making beauty treatment claims after which the negligent professional may walk away without paying compensation. Don’t allow that happen. Start your claims today by calling us on 0800 073 8804 or by using the web contact form at the bottom of this page to chat with one of our experts today.


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