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Laser Hair Removal Burns On Arms Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

How To Claim Compensation For Laser Hair Removal Burns On Arms

By Dan Victor. Last Updated 28th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming for laser hair removal burns on your arms. In recent years laser hair removal has become a popular beauty treatment for easily and effectively getting rid of hair from your body. As a result of it becoming more popular in recent years, lots and lots more salons and beauticians are offering the treatment.

According to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, beauty salons and other businesses have a legal obligation to safely care for the safety of their customers and other persons visiting their premises. If a client receives substandard care from a beautician whilst undergoing a treatment that results in them becoming injured or ill, they will be held liable for their client’s injuries. Laser hair removal, like many other beauty treatments, carries inherent risks. If a client receives laser hair removal burns on their arms or laser burns on legs as a result of malpractice or negligence on the part of the beautician, the beautician could be held liable for their injuries. Similarly, if there is no negligence involved and the client experiences burns on their arms after laser hair removal or elsewhere on their body because of a laser hair removal accident, then they will still be entitled to claim for damages and compensation if they were not adequately warned about these inherent risks beforehand.

If you have experienced burns on your arms, underarms, legs, bikini line, face or elsewhere, due to negligent laser hair removal on the part of your beauty salon, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Trust Legal Expert to help you claim the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you can also speak to our team using the pop-up live chat window in the bottom right corner. It’s also possible to see if you have a claim online, by filling out the form on our website.

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A Guide To Claiming Laser Hair Removal Burn On Arms Compensation

laser hair removal burns on arms

Laser hair removal burns on arms

Laser hair removal has become a popular semi-permanent beauty treatment for removing body hair from undesired areas, such as facial hair. It works by targeting the hair follicle with laser light. It is popular because unlike other methods of hair removal such as waxing, it is less painful and more long-lasting. Unfortunately, laser hair removal treatment carries inherent risks. If a beauty salon or individual beautician acts negligently and it results in you suffering burns on arms after laser hair removal, or elsewhere on your body, you could be entitled to claim damages for your injuries. Similarly, if you are injured in an unavoidable accident while undergoing laser hair removal treatment but the beauty salon failed to warn you of the inherent risks associated with your treatment you could also be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Some people aren’t aware that you can make a claim for a cosmetic procedure. However, beauticians still have a duty of care for their customers. If they breach this, this is when personal injury claims can occur.

Trust Legal Expert to help you claim compensation for your laser burns on your arms and elsewhere. We are a trusted personal injury solicitor’s firm with plenty of experience helping victims of cosmetic negligence related injuries claim compensation for their injuries. Call us today for your free legal consultation. Will advise you on whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim, estimate how much compensation you could be awarded and will provide you with a personal injury solicitor who will proceed with your claim right away.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal as a beauty treatment for the semi-permanent removal of the undesired body and facial hair. It first became available to the public in the mid-1990s and today is available on many high streets across Great Britain and elsewhere. This treatment is sometimes referred to as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Laser hair removal treatment works by exposing the unwanted hair to pulses of laser lights in order to damage the follicle.

How do machines used in laser hair removal not damage the surrounding skin? The machine used produces a specific type of light wavelength. This is pulsed for a specific amount of time, targeting the hair follicle only. Laser hair removal has become popular for its speed and can lead to the permanent loss of hair in the treated area. This is after repeated treatments.

Are there any common side effects of laser hair removal? Yes, after experiencing laser hair removal the client may find they have symptoms such as redness or pink discolouration, as well as some skin irritation such as itchiness or swelling in the area which has been treated. These symptoms usually pass within a matter of days. Some minor burns can occur. It’s possible to treat or soothe them by applying certain products containing aloe vera or something similar to the affected area. However, there are other types of burns that can be more severe.

What Should You Do If You Suffer A Laser Hair Removal Burn On Your Arms?

The advice below is not medical advice. If you suffer from burns on arms from laser hair removal, seek medical help immediately to obtain the correct laser hair removal burn treatment. The advice below is to instruct you on how to go about collecting evidence to support your personal injury claim after you have experienced burns of this nature.

Take these steps to collect evidence to support your laser hair removal burns claim:

  • Take photographs: Photographs of your injuries will provide visual evidence to support your claim.
  • Clinic correspondence: Gather all the information that the clinic or beauty salon provided you with, prior to and after your laser hair treatment.
    Obtain a medical report: If you experience laser hair removal burns on your arms, or elsewhere on your body it is, of course, advisable to seek the help of a doctor who can prescribe IPL burn treatment, laser burn scar removal or laser hair removal burn treatment. The doctor can also write you a medical report while will define the extent of your pain and suffering, what treatment you will need as a result of your injuries and the time it will take to recover or decide whether or not your injuries are permanent or not. The medical report will help your solicitor determine how much compensation you should be entitled to and will serve as evidence to support your personal injury claim.
  • Keep copies of your receipts for costs encountered: Be sure to keep all the receipts for any expenses you have associated with your injuries. This could be laser burn scar removal treatment, medication, counselling, costs of travelling to doctor’s or hospital appointments or at-home care. If you win your claim, you will be able to claim these expenses back as secondary damages. Your receipts will also serve as evidence during your compensation claim case.

What Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For After A Laser Hair Removal Burn On Arms?

If you have experienced a laser hair removal burn on your arms, laser burns on your legs or elsewhere on your body due to negligence, you could make a personal injury claim. Here are some common injuries resulting from laser burns that you may be able to claim damages or a compensation settlement for.

Can I Claim Laser Hair Removal Compensation For Uneven Skin Tone?

Clients who have experienced an uneven skin tone as a result of being injured by laser hair removal often ask us if they can claim compensation for their injuries. Skin discolouration can be one of the unfortunate side effects of this type of beauty treatment, but if the clinic or beauty salon where you were treated did not correctly inform you of the associated risks, then you may have grounds to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Call Legal Expert for more advice.

Can I Claim Laser Hair Removal Compensation For Scarring?

Scarring as a result of laser burns on arms, or elsewhere after laser hair removal as a beauty treatment does, unfortunately, potentially carry a risk. However, the risk should be reduced greatly by having the procedure undertaken by a properly qualified professional, who knows how to use a laser hair removal machine properly. Unfortunately, negligent use of a laser hair removal machine can push the laser too close to the skin, causing burning or blistering. In a case of negligence such as this, a compensation claim can be launched. Call Legal Expert, to enquire about making a personal injury claim for your scarring.

Can I Claim Laser Hair Removal Compensation For Blistered Skin?

As we have explained above, burns or blisters on your skin can occur as a result of improper use of a laser hair removal machine. If you have experienced negligence during laser hair removal, which has resulted in you suffering from blisters, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.

I Experienced A Skin Burn, Can I Claim Compensation?

As we have explained, burns on your skin are an inherent risk of laser hair removal treatment. However, this risk is greatly minimised if the machinery is used correctly. Did you suffer from burns on arms from laser hair removal, or burns elsewhere on your body, which was caused by cosmetic negligence? If so, you could make a personal injury compensation claim for your injury. Call the team at Legal Expert today, and if you have legitimate grounds to make a personal injury claim, we will proceed with your claim right away.

What Are The Most Common Effects Of Negligent Laser Hair Removal

Our clients who have experienced laser hair removal burns on their arms while having treatment have experienced the following injuries:

    • Scarring from burns
    • Blistering from burns
    • Infections
    • Laser burns on arms, laser burns on the legs and laser burn marks on the face
    • Hyper-pigmentation, which means the darkening of the skin. An uneven skin tone is another effect
    • Corneal ulcers, which are open sores that can develop on the surface of the eye.
      Reduction of muscle tone

Clients often ask us “are laser burns permanent?”. Unfortunately, while some laser burns are treatable, other more serious burns can result in permanent scarring. Before you undergo laser hair removal treatment, your practitioner should ask about any existing conditions or injuries you suffer from to determine whether or not this treatment is right for you.

Who Is Liable For Injuries Caused By Laser Hair Removal?

If you are making a personal injury claim for laser hair removal arms burns, burns to elsewhere on your body, or other laser hair removal injuries, your claim will either be against the practitioner or the beauty salon or clinic where you received your treatment. Your personal injury solicitor will look at the evidence to see which party was negligent in your case and will be able to advise you on how to proceed with your claim. You will be able to sue for compensation for your pain and suffering and claim back expenses related to your injuries such as the direct cost for your laser hair removal burn treatment.

Hair And Beauty Venue Statistics

There are thousands of hair and beauty venues across England and Wales alone. The Office of National Statistics shows that whilst the concentration is highest in London, there is no one region that has less than 1,000. Whilst all of these venues may not offer laser hair removal as a service, the figures serve to illustrate how big the industry is at present. There are a number of variables to take into consideration when considering what could go wrong during a treatment such as this that could lead to a laser burn.

The graph below shows figures as of March 2020.

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How To Start A Claim For Laser Hair Removal Burns On Arm Compensation

If you have experienced laser burns on your arms, you could be entitled to seek damages for cosmetic negligence. To make your personal injury claim, call Legal Expert today. We will put you through to a friendly advisor who will be able to tell you whether or not you have a legitimate case for claiming compensation for laser hair removal burns on arms, or elsewhere, and will let you know how much compensation you may be owed. After that, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor who will proceed with your claim right away. You will also be offered the opportunity to make a No Win No Fee claim, which for many is the less stressful, more affordable claim option.

Potential Side Effects Of Laser Hair Removal

Most people who choose to undergo laser hair removal treatment have a positive experience and find that they do not experience any side effects. However, there is a risk of possible side effects when undergoing laser hair removal treatment, which you must consider before deciding whether or not you want the treatment. We advise anyone looking to have this treatment to research and consider the potential risks beforehand.

Some side effects of laser hair removal treatment are mild. These side effects will usually subside within a week. These minor side effects include:

  • An itchy feeling during the treatment.
  • Red colouration where the treatment was carried out.
  • Irritated skin around the hair follicle.
  • Some very mild pain or irritation can be experienced during treatment. Applying a cream to numb the treated area can help.

There can also be some possible side effects of laser hair removal treatment which are more serious these are:

  • Bruising. This can occur in people with sensitive skin, and the beauty therapist should watch out for this during treatment. Bleeding or scabbing caused by over-application of treatments.
  • Post-treatment infections as a result of the skin not being properly cleaned and disinfected prior to treatment.
  • People who have sensitive skin could develop some bruising.
  • If the skin being treated is not properly cleaned before the treatment is applied, people could develop an infection.
  • If the equipment is not used correctly, or the therapist uses the wrong equipment or procedure for the client’s skin type, this causes the skin to absorb the heat, resulting in laser hair removal burns on arms, or elsewhere on the body.
  • Darker-skinned clients are more vulnerable to hyperpigmentation, which causes the skin to become darker and hypopigmentation, which causes the skin to become lighter. Both of these can occur if the laser machinery is used incorrectly, as explained above.

Of course, responsibility for your health and safety while undergoing laser hair removal treatment lies with the business proprietor and the individual practitioner accordingly. However, there are things that you can do to minimise potential risk factors from happening. These include:

  • Research the company you choose to go to for your treatment and ensure that your practitioner is qualified.
  • Research your laser hair removal choices to help you decide which method best meets your needs. You can discuss these options with your laser hair removal practitioner.
  • Ensure that the practitioner speaks to you about any medical conditions you suffer from and examines your skin type. This will help them determine whether or not laser hair removal will be suitable for your skin type.
  • Your clinic will instruct you on what to do at each stage of the process to reduce the chances of you developing damaged skin. Please ensure you follow these instructions.

At the time of writing, there is no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal can cause cancer.

Laser Hair Removal Burns Claims Calculator

When calculating the amount of compensation you could receive, there are often two main figures to take into account. These are known as general damages and special damages. We’ll address general damages first. This is the figure awarded to the claimant to address the pain and suffering caused by their injuries. It is calculated by consulting a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines consist of an extensive list of injuries and what they could be worth. The amount is affected by things such as the severity of the injury as well as the recovery time. The JCG is updated semi-regularly, with the last review taking place in 2019.

The table below is made up of some of these figures to give some examples of what could be awarded.

Injury typeSeveritySettlement bandFurther notes:
Arm scarringMinor £2,220 to £7,350Just one scar, but it is noticeable. There is no deficit other than cosmetic.
Arm scarring Moderate £4,500 to £30,250Numerous scars that are noticeable.
Facial disfigurementVery severe£27,940 to £91,350Both physical and psychological scarring will be significant.
Facial disfigurementLess severe£16,860 to £45,440Injuries are still severe but the mental anguish is far less.
Facial disfigurementSignificant Scarring£8,550 to £28,240Scars are noticeable but mental side affects are minimal.
Facial disfigurementLess Significant Scarring£3,710 to £12,900One or more scars that can be disguised and do not affect the injured person's overall appearance.
Facial disfigurementTrivial Scarring£1,600 to £3,310Very minor cases.

There’s also the matter of special damages. This figure is awarded to reimburse the claimant for any expenses or outgoings that occur as a direct result of their injuries. It’s vital that you maintain records of these expenditures. For example, in the form of receipts. Without evidence that these costs were accrued, you’re likely to find it very difficult to claim them back.

Some examples of special damages are listed just below.

  • Medical Expenses: This covers the cost of burn treatment, laser burn scar removal and laser hair removal burn treatment. It will also cover the cost of medication and counselling if you require psychological support after your ordeal.
  • Travel Expenses: Whether you require a vehicle adaption, to seek alternative transport during your recovery (for example if your injuries left you unable to drive and you were reliant on taxis),
  • Care Claim: You can claim compensation on behalf of a friend or family member who assisted you at home during your recovery.
  • Loss of Earnings: If your injuries meant you had to take time off work, you might be able to claim compensation for lost earnings, or a loss of future earnings.

To learn what else can be factored into a claim for laser removal burns on arms, please get in touch with our team.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims for Laser Hair Removal Burns

At Legal Expert, we give all our clients the option to make a No Win No Fee personal injury claim. What does this mean? No Win No Fee is essentially a Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA) requiring you to only pay your solicitor’s fee if you win your claim. This means that there is no upfront or ongoing fees to pay. Instead, your fees will be deducted from your final compensation payout. If you are interested in making a No Win No Fee claim for burns on arms after laser hair removal, or burns you have experienced elsewhere, call Legal Expert today.

Why Use Legal Expert For Your Laser Hair Removal Compensation Claim?

Legal Expert is a well respected personal injury solicitor’s firm, who are known for their integrity. We offer our clients a less stressful, more affordable way to claim and will always fight to win our clients the maximum amount of compensation that they can claim. We have an excellent track record of winning cosmetic negligence claims cases, for claimants just like you, so trust us to win you the laser hair removal burns on arms compensation you are entitled to. Call our team today for your free consultation, and we will assess how much compensation you can claim and with your permission, refer you to the right personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. Call us today; we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Laser hair removal burns on arms FAQs

Is it normal to get burns after laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal might cause your skin to feel hot during the treatment, but this should quickly cool down. If it doesn’t, then you may have been burned and you should raise this with the person administering the treatment. You should also seek medical advice. There may be a doctor or another medical professional attached to the clinic where you’ve had the laser hair removal.

You should go to A&E or a walk-in centre if you think that you’ve sustained severe burns, the burn is large or if you aren’t able to tolerate the pain.

What do first and second-degree burns look like? 

If you’ve been burned while receiving laser hair removal, then it’s likely to be a first-degree burn. This is where only the first layer of the skin has been damaged. You’ll usually notice a redness and swelling on your skin, and after a day or so your skin may start to peel. You should still seek medical attention if you’ve been given a first-degree burn by laser hair removal, but you’ll usually be able to treat them yourself.

Second degree burns are much less likely to occur as a result of laser hair removal but can happen. They affect the outer layer of the skin and the next layer, known as the dermis. Second-degree burns will result in a wet-looking wound that blisters after a day or two. It’s more likely that you’ll require medical treatment after a second-degree burn, and doctors might give you antibiotics if it looks like you have (or are at high risk of) infection.

Useful Links

In this final section of our guide on claiming compensation for laser burns caused by hair removal on the arms, we’ve included some links you may find useful.

Burn Injury Compensation

A guide to burn injury claims lays out how much compensation you could claim.

Professional negligence claim 

A guide to claiming for professional negligence

Cosmetic surgery compensation

Have you been injured after undergoing cosmetic surgery? Read our guide to see how much you could claim.

An NHS Guide to Laser Hair Removal

A guide by the NHS to how laser hair removal works.

Good Skin Days Guide to laser hair removal burns.

A guide to burns of this nature.

What Is A Litigation Friend?

Find out more about the process of appointing someone to pursue a claim on someone else’s behalf.

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