Beauty Treatment Claim *
Due to the increasingly high standards of living in today’s society, the beauty industry has significantly grown over the last number of years. The modern-day person strives to feel good about their look. The number of Irish male and females having beauty and cosmetic surgery procedures is increasing every year. Unfortunately, this can lead to the purchasing of substandard beauty treatments from which a person could sustain an injury * as a result of medical negligence *.
The consensus is that the authorities have been caught out by the significant rise in clinics which has led to a harder task in monitoring regulation. While improvements are consistently being made regulation still needs to be tightened. It is advisable to check the qualification and experience of the clinic prior to the service.
Beauty salons operate with chemicals and other products on a daily basis, meaning they have a legal duty to carry out any necessary precautions which will minimise the risk of an accident occurring.
Some of the main causes of beauty treatment injuries * are:
- Faulty equipment
- An inexperienced or untrained employee using products or equipment
- Incorrectly used products or equipment
- Failure to assess the suitability of a client for treatment
Beauty Treatments Claims
Waxing involves the removal of unwanted hair from the body. Almost all parts of the body can be waxed and with each part of the body comes risks. Generally, hot wax is applied to the parts of the body. Where hot wax is applied to a very sensitive part of the body it may cause injury such as a burn which may lead to permanent. Therefore, it is imperative that waxing is carried out by a trained professional.
There is a wide range of treatments and procedures that are available for almost every part of the body, for example, tanning beds, injections, cellulite treatment, acupuncture, pedicures, manicures, piercings, tattoos etc. Depending on the body treatment undertaken, there will be a set of risks attached. Injuries range from burns, illnesses, infections, scarring or allergic reactions. Most of which would be down to a mistake made by the beauty practitioner.
Laser treatments are generally used for hair removal or to correct vision problems. It is also used to tattoo removal and scar removal among other things. If a laser treatment is not administered by a trained professional the client is at risk of burns and scarring.
Facial procedures range from eyebrow trimming and tinting, eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, Botox and other filler injections among other treatments. These types of injuries can be, at times, the most severe as they are fully viable at all times on a person’s face. This can have a deeper psychological impact on a person if their face and image are affected in a negative way.
The root of a lot of beauty treatment accidents * is due to the use of chemicals and negligence of the worker. When a person attends a beauty salon or clinic their trust is placed in the hands of the workers to be treated in a safe manner. Where the duty of care has fallen short of the normal expectancy a legal remedy may be awarded depending on the details of the event. Some common beauty treatment injuries * are:
- Burns caused by laser treatments *
- Allergic reactions from chemicals that are contained in hair dyes *
- Bleaching or burns cause from waxing *
- Hair damage due to dying or using faulty equipment *
- Chemical burns caused by defective beauty products *
What evidence should be gathered?
If you decided to bring forward legal action for beauty treatment negligence * it is recommended to provide photographic evidence where this is possible. In addition, other known information such as:
- the time and date of the incident and the name of the brand/employee who was in charge of carrying out the treatment.
- if any medical treatment was required to combat or repair the damage caused till should also be documented.
- When any chemicals are being used it is compulsory for the beauty treatment clinic to conduct a patch test. The test consists of applying the product to a small area of the skin and observing if the skin has a violent reaction. If there is a reaction a replacement product may be selected.
Making a Claim
All businesses in the beauty industry have an obligation to abide by The Sale of Goods and Services Act 1982. This act states that when a consumer enters into a contract for goods and/or services, those goods and services must be carried out with a reasonable level of care and skill. If this clause fails to be upheld and the consumer is injured as a result then that person may be able to seek a legal remedy.
For beauty treatment claims * it can often be difficult to establish where liability lies. The negligent party may often be reluctant to accept liability. However, if you have unnecessarily suffered pain as a result of substandard care it is you have a legal right to apply for remedy.
Our solicitors who have a wealth of experience and expertise in this area will guide you step by step through this process. This allows you to concentrate on recovering from your injuries *.
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