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Hairdressing Compensation Claims – No Win No Fee

By Cat Way. Last Updated 22nd November 2023. A trip to the hairdresser is usually a routine process. A regular feature of many people’s lives, a haircut in a salon, barber’s, or another venue might seem inconsequential.

However, accidents can potentially happen while receiving a haircut in one of these venues. If you have been injured or harmed during an appointment, then enquiring with a legal professional about making a hairdresser injury claim could prove beneficial.

In many situations, hair damage claims can be the best way to repair the damage stemming from an accident. This could be financial, medical, personal, or psychological. In this guide, we will examine the various hairdressing compensation claims that have resulted from cases of hair salon negligence and more.

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The Criteria For Hairdressing Compensation Claims

As part of the hairdressing compensation claims process, you’ll need to make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements before suing a hair salon.

Typically, when making a personal injury claim, you’ll need to prove the following:

  • You were owed a duty of care by your hairdresser,
  • Your hairdresser breached this duty of care,
  • You were injured as a result.

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, any party in charge of a premises has a duty of care to ensure that visitors are reasonably safe during their visit. This duty may be extended to hairdressers. Therefore, if you are injured as a result of the hairdresser’s negligence, you may have grounds for a valid claim.

It’s worth noting that you’ll need to make your claim within the limitation period, otherwise your claim might be statute-barred. You usually have three years from the date of the accident to take action, however, there are exceptions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our advisors. They can confirm if you meet the eligibility criteria and can also discuss the personal injury claim time limits and what exceptions might apply to your case.

How Long Do I Have To Sue A Hairdresser?

When making a civil claim against a hairdresser, it’s important to keep the time limit in mind. The personal injury claims time limit is three years as set out by the Limitation Act 1980. This means that you must begin your claim within three years of sustaining your injuries.

However, there are some exceptions to this time limit. For example, you cannot sue a hairdresser yourself if you are under the age of eighteen. Because of this, the time limit is suspended until your eighteenth birthday, when it begins and runs until you turn twenty-one. However, a litigation friend can start a claim on your behalf while the time limit is frozen.

Similarly, the time limit is indefinitely suspended for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In this case, their claim can be made by a litigation friend. If they regain the capacity needed to make a claim and one has not already been made for them, then the time limit begins on the date of their recovery.

If you would like to find out if you can sue a hairdresser, contact our team of advisors today.

Suing A Hair Salon – What Evidence Do I Need?

If you make a hairdresser compensation claim, you will be asked to provide evidence. Evidence can benefit your claim in a number of ways, as it can help prove that your hairdresser is liable for your injuries, and can also showcase the extent of the harm suffered and demonstrate how this harm has affected your life.

Some examples of evidence that you could use to support a claim against a hairdresser could include:

  • Photographs: Pictures of your injuries can help demonstrate their severity.
  • Medical records: Your medical records may be able to provide insight on the treatment your injuries require and how it will affect your life.
  • Witness contact details: Taking the contact details of witnesses allows their statements to be taken at a later date.

If you choose to work with a solicitor, they can help you gather evidence to further strengthen your hairdresser compensation claim. To find out if you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors, or to learn more about collecting evidence, contact our team today.

Examples Of Hairdressing Injuries You Can Claim For

The thought of accidents taking place during a hairdresser’s appointment might seem strange to some. But the myriad ways in which you can suffer an injury during such an appointment might enlighten you to the various legal cases which we pursue. These can include:

  • Allergic Reactions: due to the various chemicals used during some hair procedures, clients can have allergic reactions to various different products.
  • Poor or Insufficient Training: training and education in the various hair-related disciplines are important. With complex equipment, various chemicals, and many sharp objects, properly trained hairdressers are expected to know how to avoid injuring their clients.
  • Slippery Floors: floors and surfaces will need to be kept clean throughout the day. Spillages and even the cleaning itself can lead to people slipping and falling on the property. If this slippery area is not correctly signposted, then there may be a case for negligence.
  • Contaminated or Unsanitary Instruments: the equipment used during appointments should be clean. If unsanitary or contaminated equipment is used, it might pass on an infection. If this is the case, then the client might be due compensation.
  • Chemical Burns and Cuts: the chemicals used by the hairdresser may lead to burns, either of your hair or your skin. In addition, cuts from blades, scissors, and other sharp objects are also common. Such injuries can vary in severity.
  • Hair Damage or Losses: it is possible for a client’s hair to get damaged through the use of the wrong products or incorrect use of the right products. Hairdressing compensation claims can also be made for hair damage or losses caused by the negligence of your hairstylist.

There are many ways in which you might have been harmed during a hairdressing appointment. If any of the above injuries were suffered by you (or any other type of injury), then a compensation claim might be necessary.

Payouts In Hairdressing Compensation Claims

If you’re suing a hair salon for negligence, our solicitors could help to manage your claim. They could also advise you on how much you could get if your claim succeeds. Note that there isn’t one fixed amount for an injury as every accident has unique circumstances.

Nevertheless, the severity of your injury could influence the final payout. Some serious injuries from a hair salon accident could leave permanent scarring. Furthermore, the amount of time you have taken to recover could impact the settlement you receive.

To help you see how much your claim could be worth, we have included the table below. This table features a range of payout figures for injuries relating to a hairdressers accident. These numbers come from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) and its 2022 edition, a source that legal professionals regularly refer to.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensation BracketDescription
Multiple Injuries Plus Special DamagesSevereUp to £15,000Multiple severe injuries, alongside substantial financial losses
EyeMinor£3,950 to £8,730Minor eye injuries include those caused by being struck in the eye and being splashed by liquid.
ScarringVery Severe£29,780 to £97,330Very disfiguring cosmetic effects with severe psychiatric reaction.
ScarringLess Severe£17,960 to £48,420Substantial disfigurement, with a psychological reaction that is significant.
ScarringSignificant£9,110 to £30,090The worst effects in this bracket can be mitigated by cosmetic surgery.
ScarringLess Significant£3,950 to £13,740One scar, or a number of small scars.
ScarringTrivial£1,710 to £3,530Only minor effects.
Damage To HairA£7,340 to £11,020Damaged hair as a result of defective treatment such as waving or tinting resulting in burned or brittle hair, dermatitis or burning of the scalp or hair loss.
Damage To HairB£3,950 to £7,340Less serious instances of the symptoms described above.

The above figures feature general damages, which relate to the physical suffering and psychological pain, along with any reduced quality of life. Special damages could be added to your settlement, and these relate to any financial losses that your injuries result in. This could include loss of income, medical bills, property damage or care costs.

Our solicitors could offer further guidance on how much you could receive if your claim wins. Call us today to discuss payouts for hairdressing compensation claims.

Make A Hairdresser Compensation Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

One of our solicitors could be able to help you with suing a hairdresser under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA is a way of working with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis, and means you don’t need to pay them any upfront or ongoing fees for their work. Plus, if your claim fails, then your solicitor won’t take payment for their services.

Your solicitor will take a success fee if your claim succeeds. They take this straight from your compensation award as a small percentage. However, this percentage is limited by law. This means that the majority of what you receive goes to you.

There are many benefits to working with a solicitor on your hairdresser compensation claim. Contact our team of advisors today to find out if working with one of our expert No Win No Fee solicitors could be right for you:

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