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Tanning Salon Sun Bed Injury Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 4th May 2022. Using sun beds or tanning beds as they are often referred to is widely 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 sunbed has inherent risks as well. In this guide we’ll look at when sunbed injury claims may be possible, and the steps involved in making this type of claim.

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’ Liability Act 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 sunbed injury claims or sunbed burns claims, trust us to handle your claim. 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 tanning salon sun bed injuries, 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.

If you would like to speak to an adviser about making a claim for a sunbed burn, you can contact Legal Expert online or by phone for help. To call us, dial 0800 073 8804 and you can get a free consultation. To contact us online, you can use our claim online form or our live chat service. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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A Guide To Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury Claims

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Welcome to our sunbed injury claims guide.

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, it’s 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 a 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. In fact, 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 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.

What Injuries Can You Suffer From A Sunbed In A Tanning Salon?

Sunbed injury claims can involve injuries such as premature skin ageing, burning, damage to your eyes from the UV light such as conjunctivitis, 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 fact, 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.

I Was Burnt On A Sunbed – What To Do Next?

There are a lot of misconceptions around making sunbed injury claims. 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 sunbed 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 include the 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 vary 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.

So, if you’re asking yourself a question along the lines of ‘I got burnt on a sunbed, can I claim?’, the answer is that it may be possible depending on why it happened and available evidence which explains the cause. 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.

Can I Make A Sunbed Injury Claim For Cancer

Aren you wondering if you can make sunbed injury claims for cancer?

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, over time 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 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 the hairdresser where you used a sunbed failed to warn you of the risks associated with sunbeds and cancer or did not follow 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.

Are You Eligible To Make A Tanning Salon 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 make sunbed injury claims.

How does the law protect you if you suffer from a tanning salon sunbed injury? If you can prove that negligence on the part of the salon contributed to your accident and injuries, then you could be entitled to make a tanning salon claim for a sunbed burn. 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.

Top tips for proving sunbed claims

It’s important to know what to do after a sunbed burn caused by negligence. Aside from seeking medical attention, another important step in the claims process is to gather evidence. This way, you stand a better chance of establishing that your injuries were caused by negligence.

In order to make a valid sunbed damage claim, you will need to prove that you were injured and that your injuries were the result of negligent behaviour. As such, if you have been burnt at a tanning salon due to negligence and wish to make a claim, then here are some useful examples of evidence you can acquire:

CCTV footage – You have the right to request footage of yourself. Video evidence could show staff at the tanning salon failing to uphold their duty of care resulting in you sustaining harm.

Medical records – These contain important information regarding how severe your burns were as well as details on your treatment and any medication administered. Additionally, you may be invited to attend an independent medical assessment. Following this, you should have a helpful report on your prognosis and expected recovery time.

Maintenance Records – Equipment such as sunbeds need to be regularly inspected and maintained to a certain standard of safety. These inspections need to be recorded, along with when they were last carried out and any repairs that were needed. The tanning salon may be asked to provide these records as part of the claims process.

There are other forms of evidence that may support your claim as well. Get in touch with our advisors today for more information.

What Do Sunbed Tanning Injury Claims Include?

If you make sunbed injury claims, 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.

Statistics For Injuries From Sunbeds

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 overexposed 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 a sunburn, “embrace” their natural skin tone, or use cosmetic self-tanning products instead.

Case Study: Compensation For Sunbed Injuries

Here’s a sunbed injury claims case study to illustrate.

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.

How Much Compensation Could You Be Awarded For A Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury?

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 typeSettlementNotes
Trivial scarrng£1,600 to £3,310Any scars will not be visually noticeable.
Less significant scarring£3,710 to £12,900Scars will be noticeable when looked at up closely.
Significant scarring£8,550 to £28,240Very bad scarring and disfigurement. This may remain after cosmetic surgery.
Less severe scarring£16,860 to £45,440Moderate or even severe disfigurement.
Very severe scarring£27,940 to £91,350Permanent scarring even after significant surgery.
Single noticeable scar£2,220 to £7,350Or several superficial scars.
Scarring from operationIn the region of £8,110No significant internal injury.
Disfiguring scarring£7,350 to £21,330Noticeable and disfiguring.
Mental Anguish£4,380Fear of impending death.

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.

No Win No Fee Compensation For Sunbed Burns And Injuries

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 for those of you wanting to make sunbed injury claims?

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 upfront or ongoing fees. 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.

Sunbed Injury Claims FAQs

What is 10 minutes on a sunbed equivalent to?

10 minutes on a sunbed is thought to be as damaging as 10 minutes in full Mediterranean sun.

Can you sue a tanning salon for burns?

If a tanning salon failed to do as much as reasonably required by law to ensure your safety and you suffered as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

How much compensation could I get?

There are no average personal injury compensation amounts as they are valued on a case-by-case basis according to the extent of each claimant’s suffering.

How can negligence be determined?

Negligence can typically be established using the following criteria:

  1. A third-party owed you a duty of care
  2. They failed to uphold this duty
  3. You suffered as a result of their failure

Do I need a lawyer to claim?

It’s not a legal requirement to have a solicitor. However, they can significantly help your claim’s chances of success.

What are the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement?

No Win No Fee agreements mean you don’t have to pay your solicitor if they don’t win your case. Therefore, this lessens any financial risk of making a claim as you’d only ever have to pay them from your settlement award.

Who are Legal Expert?

We are a claims management company that provides legal help from our panel of personal injury lawyers. We can guide you through the process of making a claim and connect you with a solicitor to handle your case and win you the compensation you deserve.

How do I contact Legal Expert?

Please see the section below for some details on how to get in touch.

How We Can Help You Make A Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury Claim

If you have suffered a tanning salon sunbed injury due to negligence on the part of the salon or another party, you could be able to make sunbed injury claims.

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Perhaps you wish to sue for burns from a sunbed, a sunbed and cancer-related injury, damage to your eyes or another related injury. Whatever your specific injuries are, Legal Expert can offer free advice on sunbed burn claims and claiming any compensation that you are entitled to. If you have a valid claim, we could potentially provide additional support including help from a No Win No Fee solicitor. To get in touch with us now, you can call us on 0800 073 8804 for a free legal consultation on claiming for a tanning salon sunbed injury. You can also contact us online by filling out our online claims form or by using our live chat service. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Useful Links

To find out more about making similar personal injury claims, please look at these useful links.

Burn Injury Compensation Claims

If you have suffered from a burn injury find out how much compensation you can claim.

Beauty Salon Injury Claims
have you been injured in a beauty salon? If so, find out how to make a beauty salon injury claim with this guide.

Hair Salon Injury Claim Case Study
View a real world case study to see how a personal injury claim works and how much compensation you could get.

Sunbeds and Skin Cancer
Find out more about the relationship between sunbeds and skin cancer in this article by the NHS.

Cancer Research And Sunbeds
Further information on sunbed usage from the cancer charity, Cancer Research UK

If you’re interested in speaking to an adviser to ask questions about sunbed injury claims, then you can contact Legal Expert. You can reach our advisers using the contact details provided in this guide.

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