Tanning Salon Sunbed Injury Claim *
Tanning salon sunbed injury claims * arise when a client is subject to substandard level of care and is injured as a result. Tanning salons and sunbeds are becoming an increasingly popular trend in the modern society. The number of Irish males and females regularly using sunbeds is rising dramatically year upon year. It is important to note that there are a number of high health risks attached to the use of tanning salons and sunbeds. Since the dangers associated with sunbeds are well documented, if a person suffers an injury having been informed of the potential health threats liability may be difficult to pin-point.
However, tanning salons do have a duty of care and a set of responsibilities to provide a safe environment for their clients. The tanning salon should ask for a form of identification prior to use to ensure that the person is over the age of 18. It is the obligation of the business to ensure that all equipment and services are fully operative and comply with the health and safety regulations. If an individual suffers an injury due to the substandard care of the tanning salon they may be eligible for legal remedy.
While sunbeds may look to increase the style of a persons’ appearance, it is causing them damage to their health and decreasing their age expectancy level. The skin is exposed to an excess amount of UV rays which increases the risk of skin cancer. The statistics report that even one sunbed can increase the risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer by 67% and basal cell skin cancer by 29%. Furthermore, if a person uses a sunbed only once in their life the chances of suffering from melanoma increase by 20%. Melanoma is a tumour of melanin-forming cells.
Common causes and injuries include:
- Eye injuries – caused by inadequate safety goggles provided by the tanning salon
- Burn injuries – where the tanning bed is set to an incorrect level tanning bed was faulty
- Lack of supervision – from the staff can lead to numerous injuries
- Skin cancer (melanoma)
The tanning salon industry is self-regulated, meaning that the staff working there may not be adequately trained which leads to poor and improper advice being given. If you or a family member has suffered a tanning salon sunbed injury * it is advisable to talk with a solicitor to discuss the situation and your options.
Responsibilities of tanning salons
To ensure the safety of their clients, tanning salons and sunbed services have a duty to follow a process when gaining a new customer. If one of the steps are dismissed it could impact negatively on a persons’ health, causing serious injuries. Some of the steps that should be followed consist of:
- Medical Form
Before a client first uses the sunbeds, a medical report should be carried out. Within the report any medical conditions should be detailed and this should be checked to see if the use of sunbeds will harm or deteriorate these conditions.
- Safety Guidance
Information about the use of sunbeds should be provided. This consists of the dangers associated with use along with protective equipment to be worn during use e.g. goggles.
- Controls and Testing
The salon should provide any users with information of how the sunbed operates. A full tutorial is necessary. Once this is completed the salon worker should test the equipment to ensure it is safe and all electrical devices are running efficiently.
Making a Claim
All businesses in the salon industry have an obligation to comply with 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 delivered with a reasonable level of care and skill. If this clause fails to be upheld and the consumer is injured as a result then the person may be eligible to seek a legal remedy for their pain and suffering.
For tanning salon sunbed injury 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 you have a legal right to make an application to the Injuries Board.
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