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How Much Compensation For Botched Body Piercing Negligence?

Body piercings have become exceptionally popular in the UK over the past few years. More and more people are searching for piercing ideas online so that they can find a unique piercing – something different from the standard ear piercing. While the vast majority of piercings are carried out without complication, there are a high number of cases that lead to unpleasant symptoms and even hospital admission. If this is something that has happened to you, there is an extremely high chance that you will be entitled to compensation. To find out more, read on.

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A guide to botched body piercing claims

While the procedures for body piercings that are in place are safe, there are cases that do go wrong. If a trained professional has not carried out your piercing, they may have followed the incorrect procedure. Alternatively, someone may have used the wrong equipment or failed to clean it properly. Quite clearly, there are a number of different circumstances that could occur and cause complications. No matter what applies to you, if you have been injured as the consequence of a botched body piercing, there is an extremely high chance that you will be entitled to compensation. That’s what we are here to help with.

We have many years of experience in securing compensation for personal injury victims, including those that have suffered due to a botched body piercing. We can help you to get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. But, before you give us a call, why not read on to find out everything you need to know regarding these claims? In this guide, you will find information on everything from eligibility and making a claim to average compensation payout amounts and tips on collating evidence.

What is body piercing?

A body piercing is exactly that: it is a puncture or piercing that is made in your body by using a needle. Various needles are used depending on the part of the body that is being pierced. Ear piercings are the most common, yet many other types of body piercings types have become popular today, including belly button piercing and lip piercing. When getting a piercing, it should be carried out in a professional, clean, and safe environment. The jewellery should be sterilised and the area that is being pierced should be cleaned with germicidal soap. If the procedure is not carried out properly, risks can occur.

Body piercing statistics

Recent statistics that have been released by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) revealed that one in ten people have a body piercing other than in the earlobe. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, various types of female body piercing are the most popular, with females between the age of 16 and 24-years-old leading the way – 46 per cent of them claiming to have a piercing. Shockingly, of these, a huge 31 per cent reported complications, including bleeding, infection, and swelling. Over half of those that experienced complications required medical attention, and every one in ten were admitted to hospital.

What are the risks of body piercing procedures?

There are a number of risks associated with body piercing procedures, including infection, swelling, bleeding, and scarring. If the procedure is carried out correctly, you should not encounter any of these risks. However, if the procedure is not carried out as it should be, infections can easily occur. The level of risk does depend on the body part that is being pierced, so let’s take a look in further detail:

  • Nose piercings: Nose piercings come with a higher infection risk because the inner surface of the nose is not easy to disinfect.
  • Ear cartilage piercings: Ear cartilage piercings, i.e. those at the top of the ear, carry greater risk than earlobe piercings. This is because the underlying cartilage and the skin are extremely close together, which can cause pus to become trapped, which leads to abscess development and infection.
  • Genital piercings: Genital piercings can make urination and sex painful and difficult.
  • Tongue piercings: Tongue piercings can lead to chipped teeth and speech impediments.
  • There is also the risk that airways will be blocked if the tongue swells.

What to do if you are involved in body piercing negligence

If you have been involved in a body piercing gone wrong, it is important to take the steps to gather evidence. Most importantly, you need to see a doctor. Of course, your health is always the most crucial thing! Not only this, but the medical report your doctor puts together is vital for

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your case, as it will determine how much compensation you are entitled to. If you have not seen a doctor, don’t fret, as we can arrange a medical for you.

Aside from this, all types of piercings with pictures are welcomed. Photos of your injuries can really help to strengthen your case. It is also a good idea to make a note of everything that happened as soon as you get the opportunity. This will ensure you do not forget anything later down the line. Finally, gather as much information as possible regarding where you had your piercing.

How to begin a body piercing negligence claim

No matter whether you are making a claim against piercing shops in Widnes, Newcastle, or anywhere else in the UK, the process is really easy when you work with us. All you need to do is give us a call and our team will be more than happy to assist. We begin every relationship with a free consultancy session. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, but also for us to ask some queries too. This is so we can understand what happened and provide you with the best advice. We can also arrange a local medical for you if required, free of charge.

What can be claimed for following body piercing negligence?

When launching a body piercing negligence case, you can claim for the following:

  • General damages – This payout is to cover the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Travel expenses
  • Care claim – If someone has helped you around the house during your recovery, they will be able to make a care claim.

A salon pierced my under 18 child without my consent and with a consent form can I sue?

As per the regulations that are in place in the industry, any child that is under the age of 18-years-old needs to have consent from a parent or guardian. If a salon has pierced your child without your consent or the consent of your partner, you will be able to launch a claim. After all, the person that has performed the procedure has broken the rules and regulations that are in place. Simply give us a call today and we will help you to get started.

Infection following my piercing can I claim compensation?

An infection is the most common complication associated with any type of body piercing. Infections can happen in many different ways – perhaps the jewellery used was not sterilised, maybe you were not supplied with the correct information on aftercare, or perhaps the person performing the piercing used a needle that had been used on someone else. No matter what happens, so long as you can prove that the salon is at fault for the infection you have encountered, you can make a claim.

Allergic to the jewellery used following my piercing can I claim compensation?

If you are allergic to the jewellery that has been used following your piercing, you will be able to make a claim so long as the person that carried out the piercing is at fault. There are a number of ways they could be to blame, including failing to ask you about allergies, using jewellery that was not sterilised, or using jewellery knowing that you were likely to have an allergic reaction. If you are unsure as to whether the salon is to blame and, therefore, whether you have the basis for a claim, all you need to do is give us a call.

Not happy with my piercing result can I claim compensation?

If you simply don’t like the piercing because you have decided it doesn’t suit you, you won’t be able to claim. However, if you do not like the piercing because it has not been done properly, for example, if could have been pierced in the incorrect place, you may have the basis for a compensation claim. The best thing to do is give us a call and we will be able to provide further clarity as to whether you have a good chance of securing a payout.

Top 10 most popular body piercings

  • Rook piercing
  • Labret piercing
  • Ear piercing
  • Bite piercings
  • Piercings nose
  • Cartilage / Helix piercings
  • Industrial (bar) piercings
  • Tongue piercings
  • Belly button (naval) piercings

Loss of feeling in the area where I have had my piercing can I claim compensation?

If you are experiencing a loss of feeling in the area that was pierced, you will, most certainly, be able to make a compensation claim. This is especially the case if the symptom persists. This is something that should not happen after a piercing, especially for a prolonged period of time. The best thing to do is give us a call today and we will ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

The most common types of body piercing negligence

Body piercing negligence occurs when the procedure is not carried out properly. Some common examples include:

  • The person performing the piercing has not given you instructions on what to do if there is a problem or how to ensure your new piercing heals correctly.
  • The person performing the piercing has not cleaned the area that is being pierced with germicidal soap. This is a soap that kills disease-causing microorganisms and bacteria. The only exception to this is the tongue.
  • The person performing the piercing does not us a new, clean needle.
  • The person performing the piercing does not use the correct equipment.
  • The jewellery used has not been sterilised.
  • The person performing the piercing has not received the correct training.

How much compensation will I get following a botched body piercing?

One question we often get asked is: how much compensation will I receive? We completely understand that you will want to know how much compensation you are likely to get before you make a claim. However, it is impossible to provide and accurate answer to this question. This is because every claim is different and there are many variables involved. However, what we can do is provide you with the average payout amounts for most injuries relating to botched body piercings. If you cannot find the injury you are suffering from in the table below, all you need to do is give us a call and one of our team members will be more than happy to shed further light.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000This is calculated by using your current pay grade and your future earning prospects. In some cases, there will be a greater payout than the maximum.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000This payout is designed to compensate you for income that has actually been lost. Again, in some cases, there will be a greater payout than the maximum.
Pain and suffering £1,000 - £200,000The level of pain and suffering encountered will determine how much compensation is issued.
Mental anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Loss of speech£83,325 - £107,000Such cases involve serious issues in regards to a person’s ability to speak normally.
Minor injuries – Recovery within three months£1,050 - £1,860
Minor injuries – Recovery within 28 days£525 - £1,050
Minor injuries – Recovery within seven daysA few hundred pounds to £525
Facial disfigurement - Trivial scarring£1,300 - £2,675This relates to cases whereby the effect is minor only.
Scarring to other parts of the body - Moderate£1,800 - £5,950This is for cases whereby there are a number of superficial scars or one noticeable scar, as well as some minor cosmetic deficit.
Scarring to other parts of the body – More severe£5,950 - £17,125This payout is for cases where there is a single disfiguring scar or a number of noticeable scars.
Psychological injuries - severe£41,675 - £88,000This is for cases where the prognosis is very poor, and there are a number of symptoms in regards to the person’s relationships, the effect on their ability to cope with life and work, and future vulnerability.
Psychological injuries – moderately severe£41,675 - £88,000These cases are similar to the above, yet the prognosis will be more optimistic.
Psychological injuries – moderate£14,500 - £41,675Such cases are similar to the above two, yet the prognosis will be a lot more positive and there will be noticeable improvements by the time of the trial. 
Psychological injuries – less severe£1,170 - £4,450This is the lowest payout bracket in regards to psychological injuries. It relates to cases where they fall short of a specific disorder or phobia. The compensation will be determined based on the period of disability, as well as the extent to which sleep and daily activities have been impacted.

No Win No Fee body piercing claims

You will be pleased to know that all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone is able to make a personal injury claim, irrespective of their current financial standing. This is because you won’t need any cash to start up your claim, and you are only going to pay legal fees if your case is a success. If, for some reason, we do not manage to secure compensation for you, you won’t have a penny to pay. Sounds good, right?

There are actually many other knock-on benefits of going down the No Win No Fee route. For instance, you can rest assured that we will not waste your time and that we will only take on cases that have a genuine chance of success. If you were to use the services of a solicitor that charged per hour, there would always be the risk that they were merely taking on your case to take your money. After all, they are not impacted by the outcome of the claim. This is why it is always better to go for a No Win No Fee solicitor.

Why choose us as your claims service for a botched body piercing claim?

No matter whether you want to make a claim for a belly or nose piercing that has gone wrong, there is only one company that you should use! We have many years of experience in the industry and an exceptional reputation to back it up. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands when you work with us. You only need to look at the feedback that has been left by our past clients to see that this is the case.

One thing that makes us different from other personal injury law firms is the fact that we genuinely care about our clients. We can assure you that you will receive our full amount of attention and efforts at all time. We want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on getting you the compensation that you deserve. This is why we aim to resolve all cases in an efficient manner. Nonetheless, we will always be at the end of the telephone if you need us or want an update on the case.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you want to make a claim for a body piercing that has gone wrong, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to an experienced and friendly member of our team who will be more than happy to answer any queries you may have. If you are ready to proceed, they will connect you with one of our leading No Win No Fee solicitors who will be with you every step of the way. It is always our aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation for our clients, so you can rest assured that we will do all in our power to make sure this is the case.

Helpful links

NHS – Body Piercing

This link takes you to the NHS page on body piercing, where you will find plenty of helpful information. This includes details on self care, symptoms of an infection, when to get medical advice, risks, and licensed piercers.

Government’s tattooists piercing and electrolysis licence

This takes you to the UK Government’s website, where you will be able to find information on the tattoo, piercing, and electrolysis licence.

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