While most customers are happy with the outcome of their treatment, a botched beauty treatment can result in cuts, burns, infections, scars and other serious injuries. If you have suffered because of negligence in a beauty salon, you could be entitled to compensation. This article will explain how the beauty treatment claims process works and what you could claim compensation for.
We are able to help you begin your claim by offering a free initial consultation over the phone. An advisor will listen to how you’ve suffered after being treated in a beauty salon and explain your legal options. If the claim has a fair chance of success, you could be partnered with one of our personal injury lawyers. They’ll manage your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis if it is accepted meaning you won’t need to pay for their work unless you are paid compensation.
Ready to begin a beauty treatment claim today? If so, please call us on 0800 652 1345. Alternatively, please read on to learn more about your options before calling.
Types of botched beauty treatments you could claim compensation for
You could claim compensation for any injury resulting from negligence or carelessness in a beauty salon. Generally, this means you could be compensated for burns, disfigurement, infections, scars, blistering, cuts, damaged hair and bruising. In more serious cases, injuries can be life-changing. This could include injuries resulting in blindness or nerve damage. Some examples of the types of botched beauty treatments that can sometimes lead to compensation claims include:
- Botox compensation claims.
- Eyelash tinting.
- Dermal filler claims.
- Hair dying.
- Laser hair removal.
- Lip fillers.
- Chemical peel claims.
- Anti-ageing treatments.
As well as beauty treatment claims against beauty salons, our solicitors can help with claims for negligent cosmetic surgery. These procedures are carried out by medical professionals (qualified doctors, surgeons etc) so the claims process is slightly different but something our team have experience of.
Even if we’ve not listed the treatment you received here, we could still help you to begin your claim. To discuss your chances of being compensated for injuries sustained during a beauty treatment, please call today.
Allergic reactions to chemicals used in beauty treatments
Many different chemicals are used in beauty treatments. Some, such as hair dyes and fillers, may contain allergens. As such, beauty practitioners may need to perform a patch test before you are treated even if you’ve had the same treatment in the past.
The patch test is used to apply a small amount of the chemical to the skin to assess whether there is any reaction to it. If you’ve suffered an allergic reaction during a beauty treatment but weren’t offered a patch test, please call and let us review your options with you.
Can I claim compensation for a beauty treatment gone wrong?
Our personal injury solicitors can only take on claims for a beauty treatment gone wrong where there appears to be a good chance they’ll get you compensation. So, before accepting any claim, they’ll want to determine whether:
- The beauty salon or clinic (the defendant) owed you a duty of care; and
- The defendant was negligent in some way (because of their actions or lack of action); and
- You were injured as a result of the defendant’s negligence.
You mustn’t be too concerned about proving a duty of care as this is almost always the case when undergoing a paid beauty treatment. Instead, your main task during your claim will be to work with your solicitor to prove how you’ve suffered and how your injury occurred. We’ll explain more about how you could do this as we progress.
Laws relating to beauty treatments in the UK
The kinds of services provided by beauty salons in the UK are generally unregulated. That means that the practitioner does not necessarily need to be qualified to carry out your treatment. The exception to this rule is where invasive surgery (tummy tucks, face lifts etc) is performed.
As a result of this lack of regulation, you should discuss your treatment carefully with the practitioner and find out what training they’ve received and how experienced they are before agreeing to be treated. You should also check what equipment and chemicals they’ll be using to perform the treatment as well.
Beauty salon negligence that could result in a compensation claim
There are many ways that a practitioner or beauty salon could be found to have acted negligently during your treatment. Some examples that could lead to a compensation claim include:
- If the member of staff had not been properly trained in the treatment they were providing.
- Where the risks and potential side effects associated with your treatment were not discussed in advance.
- Where hygiene standards were poor.
- If you were not asked to have a patch test to check for allergies prior to treatment.
- If faulty or damaged equipment was used.
- Where the wrong procedures were followed during your treatment.
As mentioned above, as the beauty industry is largely unregulated, you could conclude that the chances of negligence are higher than with regulated treatments. Remember, even if you can prove a beauty salon was negligent, you must also be able to prove that it caused you to suffer in some way. Doing so can be a fairly tricky task but it’s something our solicitors specialise in.
We believe that your chances of being compensated for negligent beauty treatment will increase if you have proper legal representation. Please get in touch if you’d like to check whether one of our solicitors could represent you.
Does a waiver stop me from suing a beauty salon?
Waivers, or consent forms, are used to explain a) the treatment you’re going to receive and b) any associated risks. When you sign the form, you are agreeing that you’ve been made aware of both.
However, a waiver does not stop you from suing a beauty salon if you suffer injuries during your treatment that were caused by negligence. This is a common myth that we are happy to dispel. So, even if you’ve signed a waiver, please call us on 0800 652 1345 if you’d like to check whether you could be compensated for your injuries.
How much compensation for a botched beauty treatment can I claim?
If you sue a beauty salon for a botched treatment and are awarded compensation, the settlement is designed to compensate you for any suffering you’ve endured (general damages) as well as any financial costs (special damages) linked to your injuries.
While no two claims are the same, in principle, a successful beauty treatment claim could include compensation to cover:
- Any physical pain caused by your injuries.
- Any embarrassment, stress, anxiety or other forms of mental harm.
- The impact your injuries have on your social life, family or hobbies.
- Lost earnings.
- Medical expenses including private remedial treatment in some cases.
- Travel expenses.
- Care costs if somebody spent time helping you with daily activities while you recovered.
- Future loss of income if your injuries will reduce your capacity to earn in the long term.
- Mobility aids or adaptations to your home to help you cope with ongoing disabilities.
As part of the claims process, you will need a medical assessment to help prove how your injuries have affected you. This will be conducted by an independent medical expert. Usually, appointments can be booked locally to prevent excessive travel.
During your appointment, the specialist will examine your injuries and read through your medical notes. They will also spend some time discussing the effects of your injuries with you. Once they’ve finished, they’ll write a report detailing your prognosis that will be forwarded to both parties involved in your beauty treatment claim.
Providing proof of negligence for a beauty treatment claim
If you have suffered after being treated in a beauty salon, there are some steps below that you may wish to take that could help you to recover sooner and also provide proof to support your case:
- Seek medical treatment at a hospital, GP surgery or minor injuries unit. This will allow a medical professional to assess your injuries properly. If you decide to claim, the notes from your appointment can be requested by your solicitor.
- Take photographs of any visible injuries from your beauty treatment. Also, keep taking photos (preferable with timestamps) throughout your recovery.
- Write a list of the names, dates and times relating to your treatment.
- Collate any waivers, emails or letters about your treatment.
- Retain any receipts or invoices relating to your treatment.
- Ask anybody who was with you if they’d be happy to provide a witness statement if your solicitor requests one.
The next step you may wish to take is to contact us about your beauty treatment claim. As part of our free consultation, we’ll review any proof you have and explain your options on a no-obligation basis.
Beauty treatment claim time limits
As you might already know, there is a 3-year time limit set by the Limitation Act 1980 for all personal injury claims in the UK. This will usually begin on the day you were treated, or when the injuries from your beauty treatment were diagnosed.
Although you do have a fair amount of time to begin your claim, we always suggest that it’s better to begin the claims process as soon as possible. That’s because:
- You’ll probably find it easier to recall what happened.
- Your solicitor will have enough time to collect proof of negligence and arrange medical assessments.
- Interim payments could be requested to cover any immediate costs associated with your injuries including the cost of private medical treatment.
The time it takes for beauty treatment claims to be finalised varies and is dependent on a number of factors. If the defendant in your case admits that they caused your injuries straight away and you have already recovered, you could receive a payout in around 6-months or so. For claims requiring more investigation or negotiation over the extent of your injuries, claims could take more than a year.
No Win, No Fee beauty treatment claims
We realise that nobody wants to risk losing money on lawyer fees when claiming compensation for negligent beauty treatment. That’s why our team of specialist solicitors provide a No Win, No Fee service for any beauty treatment claim they take on. If your claim is accepted, it means that:
- Your solicitor can begin working on your claim right away without being paid in advance.
- You won’t pay for your solicitor’s work unless you are awarded compensation.
- A success fee will be deducted from any compensation you receive to cover the cost of your solicitor’s work.
So that you have everything is transparent, you’ll be sent a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) if you agree to continue. This will confirm all of the above and it will also highlight the success fee you’ll pay if you are compensated.
To check if you could be represented by one of our No Win, No Fee solicitors, please call today.
Start a beauty treatment injury claim today
We hope our article on beauty treatment claims has proven useful. If you’ve decided to take action, the simplest way to begin is to call our specialists on 0800 652 1345. Remember, whether you decide to continue with a claim or not, your case will be reviewed and you’ll be given free legal advice about your options.
If your case is accepted by one of our solicitors, they’ll try to secure as much compensation as possible for your suffering on a No Win, No Fee basis. All communication with the defendant will be handled for you and your solicitor will fight your corner throughout the claims process.
If you have any more queries about beauty treatment claims, please feel free to connect with us via our live chat service or call our team today.