Tanning Salon Sun Bed Injury Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
Using a sunbed is often seen as a fast and convenient way to get a natural tan without having to wait till summer or travel overseas. In recent years, sunbed treatments have been popularized by celebrities and reality TV stars. However, using a sunbed, just the same as extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, tanning using a sun bed has inherent risks as well. If you have experienced a sunbed injury that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim thousands of pounds in compensation. According to the Occupiers Act of 1957 businesses have a legal duty of care towards their customers and people using their premises. This means that if a customer suffers an injury such as a sunbed burn, or a sunbed and cancer related injury, due to negligence on behalf of the business, they may be held liable for your injuries. This means that if you have suffered a tanning salon sunbed injury that was caused by negligent actions on the part of the salon where you were treated; you could be entitled to make a sunbed injury compensation claim.
If you wish to make a sunbed tanning injury claim or a sunbed burns claim, trust us to handle your claim. Who are we? We are Legal Expert, a respected personal injury solicitor’s firm with years of experience helping claimants like you win the compensation that they deserve. If you think you may be owed compensation for a tanning salon sunbed injury, call Legal Expert today to receive free legal advice about your situation. You will receive a free legal consultation. One of our friendly advisors will let you know whether or not you have grounds to make a legitimate claim, estimate how much compensation you could claim for your injuries and will provide you with an excellent solicitor with the right experience to handle your personal injury claim.
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- A Guide To Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury Claims
- What Injuries Can You Suffer From A Sunbed In A Tanning Salon?
- If I Am Burned By A Sunbed Can I Make A Compensation Claim?
- Can I Make A Sunbed Injury Claim For Cancer
- Are You Eligible To Make A Tanning Salon Claim?
- What Do Sunbed Tanning Injury Claims Include?
- Statistics For Injuries From Sunbeds
- Case Study: Compensation For Sunbed Injuries
- How Much Compensation Could You Be Awarded For A Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury?
- No Win No Fee Compensation For Sunbed Burns And Injuries
- How We Can Help You Make A Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury Claim
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As we have established, using a sunbed at a tanning salon is a popular beauty treatment in the UK. As Britain doesn’t enjoy many days of strong sunshine a year, its understandable why people would want to use an electric tanning sunbed, to get the look of having just spent two weeks on a beach holiday without the expense. However using a sunbed does not come without inherent risks. There is a common myth that using a sunbed is safer than sunbathing naturally, by exposing your skin to the sun. Sunbeds work by exposing the skin to UV rays, giving out the same type of radiation as sunlight, the same as the sun does. However many types of sunbed in use will expose people to UV rays that are stronger than the midday sun in the tropics. The NHS warns that using sunbeds increase your chances of skin cancer developing, both malignant melanoma and non-melanoma. Infact, because of these risks it is illegal for anyone under eighteen to use sunbeds in Britain.
Unfortunately, if sunbeds are incorrectly used they can cause the user immediate injuries such as burns or if protective goggles are not worn, can cause conjunctivitis and other eye injuries. Long term, incorrect use can also result in serious injuries that may not be apparent right away, such as skin cancer.
If you have been injured on a sunbed, due to negligence on the part of the beauty salon, tanning salon, hairdressers or leisure centre where you received this beauty treatment, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your tanning salon claim. If you have legitimate grounds to seek compensation for sunbed burns, or a sunbed injury, we would love to represent your claim. At Legal Expert, we have an excellent track record of winning sunbed tanning injury claims and tanning salon claims for our clients. We will always push to get you, the compensation claimant, the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries. We offer a free consultation to all potential compensation claimants. If you have legitimate grounds to make a tanning salon sunbed injury claim we will let you know how much compensation you could receive and will find the right personal injury solicitor to handle your claim, who will proceed with your claim as soon as possible.
Tanning salon injuries can involve injuries such as premature skin aging, burning, damage to your eyes from the UV light such as conjunctivitis and cataracts and most seriously skin cancer. Unfortunately, these risks are inherent to sunbathing in the sun, or using a sunbed at a tanning salon. In face because the UV rays generated from sunbeds are stronger than the tropical sun at midday, the risk of using a sunbed is greater than sunbathing in the natural sun on holiday.
There are a lot of misconceptions around making a sunbed injury compensation claim. For example, because the risks of using a sunbed are well known the assumption is often made that the person who used the sunbed has done so at their own risk and therefore the salon should not be liable for their injuries. This is not always the case.
For example, a sun bed injury can occur because of misuse of the sunbed equipment by the salon. For example, the salon may have used the wrong bulbs, or bulbs that were too strong for the customer’s skin type which can result in burning. They could fail to maintain the equipment properly or not enforce the wearing of protective goggles over the eyes. These errors are defined as negligence on the part of the tanning salon and could lead to a customer becoming injured.
What’s more, there are certain procedures a tanning salon ought to follow, to ensure the health and safety of their clients. These are as following:
- Testing the sunbed regularly to ensure it is in safe working order.
- Instructing the client on how to use the sunbed properly. How a sunbed works varies brand to brand, so the salon must ensure the customer is familiar with the brand of sunbeds they use.
- ID checking younger clients to make sure that they are over the age of 18.
- The customer should be warned of the inherent risks of using sunbeds and have to sign a liability waiver form. Failure to warn the customer of these risks, could result in the salon being held liable for any injuries the client develops as a result of using the sunbed.
- The client should have to fill out a medical form. If they suffer from any medical conditions that could be worsened by using the sunbed, then they should not be allowed to use it.
If you can prove that you experienced burns from a sunbed, burns from a tanning salon, a sunbed and cancer related injury or any other type of sunbed injury, as a result of negligence on the part of the salon where you were treated then you could be entitled to make a tanning sunbed injury claim for compensation.
Unfortunately the most worrying risk of using a sunbed is the link between sunbeds and cancer. The UV radiation emitted from sunbeds can damage your skin’s DNA, which overtime can cause skin cancer. Bodies such as Cancer Research UK has stated that using a sunbed doubles your risk of skin cancer, compared to sunbathing in the midday Mediterranean sun for the same amount of time. Another study showed that using a sunbed increases your risk of developing a malignant melanoma by 16-20%. The NHS also states that the risk of cancer from using sunbeds is particularly worrying for young people as regular UV exposure below the age of 25 means that you are more likely to develop skin cancer later in life.
If the tanning salon, beauty salon, leisure centre or hairdresser’s where you used a sunbed failed to warn you of the risks associated with sunbeds and cancer, or did not following correct procedures (as stated above) leading to you developing skin cancer, then you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. You will need to be able to prove that the negligence of the salon where you experienced the tanning salon sunbed injury contributed to your skin cancer. Your personal injury solicitor will be able to help you gather evidence to support your claim.
As we have stated, because the sunbed and tanning booth industry is self regulated and the risks of using a sunbed are well known to the public, it’s a common misconception that people who experience burns from a sunbed or suffer a sunbed injury are not entitled to claim compensation. How does the law protect you if you suffer from a tanning salon sun bed injury? It does if you can prove that your injury was caused or in other cases not prevented by negligence on the part of the salon you could be entitled to make a tanning salon claim for compensation. This could include failing to give you a medical form to fill out to determine whether or not you have any existing medical conditions that could be made worse by using a sunbed, or failing to tell you to keep your protective goggles on at all times. Sometimes negligence on the part of the tanning salon can be hard to prove. If you are burned or injured by a sunbed, we recommend you take the following steps to gather evidence to help support your claim. Take photographs of your injury and the hazard that harmed you if possible to serve as visual evidence. Visit of doctor or hospital to obtain the necessary treatment and a medical report, which will also serve as evidence of your injuries. Report your injuries to the salon and ensure that they record it accurately in their accident log book. You should also keep your receipt for your treatment and records of any transactions or communications you had with the salon to serve as evidence. If you experience any out of pocket expenses as a result of your injuries such as medical costs, travel costs, or care costs, keep your receipts for these. You may be able to claim back expenses, and they will also serve as evidence of the severity of your injuries.
If you make a successful sunbed tanning injury claim for compensation, your claim will include different types of damages. Firstly you will be awarded general damages as the main part of your sunbed injury compensation claim. This will be compensation for your pain and suffering. You will also be awarded special damages, which serve to compensate you for any out of pocket expenses or losses you endured such as medical expenses, at home care expenses, travel expenses or loss of income if your injuries left you unable to work. If you make a personal injury claim with Legal Expert, your personal injury solicitor will be able to assess how much compensation you are owed and will fight to get you the maximum amount of personal injury compensation that you are owed.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies sunbeds as being as dangerous as smoking in terms of their likeliness to cause cancer, on account of their cacogenic properties. A recent study commissioned by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, found that sunbeds becoming dangerous when skin is over exposed to the UV rays and becomes burned. Unfortunately, the same study also found that using sunbeds an be an addictive experience the same way that people can become addicted to alcohol, smoking or drugs. All making for very worrying findings as unfortunately in the UK melanoma is the most common form of cancer amongst young women in their twenties.
Cancer Research UK advises that sunbeds are not a safe alternative to tanning in the sun. They recommend instead that people, especially pale skinned people who are more likely to experience sunburn, “embrace” their natural skin tone, or use cosmetic self tanning products instead.
A recent case of a victim of cosmetic negligence at a tanning salon is Miss K, is a woman from who suffered burns from a tanning salon. She experienced burns from a sunbed after she was overexposed to the UV lights, because an employee told her to stay on the sunbed from twice the recommended time for the particular model in store. As a result she suffered severe burns, which blistered and had to be treated in hospital. She was left with permanent scarring on her legs and summer and felt her upcoming holiday had been ruined. A local personal injury solicitor helped Miss K make a sunbed tanning injury claim for £3,500 in compensation. The money was awarded on the basis that the employee had not received the correct training, which led to her giving incorrect advice to the customer. This was negligence on the part of the tanning salon.
If you are considering making a sunbed burn claim, you are probably wondering how much compensation you could claim. You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you could be awarded. It based on average amounts awarded for sunbed injury compensation claims depending on the severity of the injuries.
|Injury or illness type||Severity||Settlement||Notes|
|Scars to face||Minor/ trivial||£1,360 to £2,810||Any scars will not be visually noticeable.|
|Scars to face||Less serious||£3,150 to £10,960||Scars will be noticeable when looked at up closely.|
|Scars to face||Serious/ significant||£7,270 to £23,980||Very bad scarring and disfigurement. This may remain after cosmetic surgery.|
|Scars to face||Severe||£14,320 to £38,600||Moderate or even severe disfigurement.|
|Scars to face||Very severe||£23,740 to £77,580||Permanent scarring even after significant surgery.|
|Scars to the body||Less serious||£1,890 to £6,240||Noticeable scars to the legs, arms, or hands and lasting cosmetic damage.|
|Scars to the body||Serious||£6,240 to £18,120||Significant scarring to the arms, back, legs, hands, or chest.|
|Significant burns to large part of the body||Significant/ serious||Likely to exceed £83,550||Settlement will be affected by the percentage of the body burned and whether the burns are full thickness or partial.|
Alternatively for a more personalised approach, call Legal Expert today and one of our friendly advisors will estimate how much your tanning salon sunbed injury claim is worth based on your individual circumstances. Call today to see how much you could claim.
Did you know that every claimant who uses Legal Expert is given the opportunity to make a no win no fee claim? What does this mean. A no win no fee solicitor is a solicitor that will offer you the great level of service that you would expect, but would not charge you an upfront or ongoing fee. Instead you will only have to pay your solicitor’s fee if you win your claim. It will come out of your compensation payout, meaning that there is no financial risk to you and for many clients it is the more affordable option. If you are interested in making a no win no fee claim, contact Legal Expert to enquire today.
If you have suffered a tanning salon sun bed injury due to negligence on the part of the salon or another party, you could be owed thousands of pounds in compensation. Whether you wish to sue for burns from a sunbed, a sunbed and cancer related injury, damage to your eyes or another injury Legal Expert can help you make the sunbed burn claim for the compensation that you are entitled to. We will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation you are owed, and you don’t have to pay us a penny until you win. Call us now for your free Legal Consultation to get started on your tanning salon sun bed injury, or fill out our online claims form instead. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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