Beauty at a Price: Rise in Beauty Treatment Claims

When you book an appointment at the local hairdressers or beauty salon you’re only thinking about how much better you’ll look after the treatment, and how much you’re looking forward to relaxing for a while. You don’t consider that your haircut or colour, or waxing or manicure, could actually be a health risk. Unfortunately beauty salon injuries are on the rise. Burns, cuts, hair loss, and severe allergic reactions are just some of the injuries people have reported after their supposedly relaxing beauty treatment. The beauty industry is largely unregulated and some salons cut corners and carry out substandard procedures – at a cost to your health. Here’s what you need to watch out for, and what you can do if you suffer a high price for beauty.

What are the Risks Involved in Beauty Treatments? 

Salons are potentially dangerous places. Hot wax, chemical dyes, sharp scissors and razors, and electrical equipment could all cause harm if not used correctly or responsibly. Some therapists may be untrained or carrying out a procedure in a rush in order to move onto the next client. The need to make money causes some unscrupulous businesses to cut corners.

Common injuries in the salon include burns from overheated wax or spilled wax, hair loss after dye or heat treatments have been left on too long, cuts to the skin, laser treatment injuries, bleach burns, allergic reactions to hair dye or chemicals, damage to the scalp, tanning injuries, and eye injuries.

Is it the Salon’s Fault? 

The beauty therapist who carries out your treatment has a duty of care to take reasonable measures to prevent injury or harm to you. He or she needs to ask about possible allergy risks, carry out the relevant patch tests, get your consent for every treatment, and make sure all equipment is used in the correct way. The standard of the treatment should be reasonable and in line with the standard applied by other therapists in the industry. In some cases it will be difficult to prove that the salon or the therapist is at fault – for example, if they carried out the procedure correctly and took reasonable care but an accident occurred that was outside of their control, or you simply decided you didn’t look particularly good after the procedure. If a therapist did not take reasonable measures to look after your safety and you were injured as a result, they could be seen to be at fault.

How to Make a Claim 

It is unfortunate that these kinds of beauty salon injuries are on the rise. It is important that if you have been injured by a therapist or a beauty treatment gone wrong that you contact us to talk about your claim for personal injury. Establishing liability is often difficult which is why it is important to get specialist advice from a lawyer. Keep a record of the details of the business that you believe caused your injuries, and keep any receipts and appointment cards. Keep evidence of the injuries including photos as well as doctors’ reports if necessary. Remember, the sooner you take action the better, so contact us today and find out about your claim.

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