Laser hair removal procedures have become very popular in recent years – and to a certain extent, this is understandable, since the procedure is usually effective and does deliver the expected results. However, the beauty industry is not regulated enough, and according to UK law anyone can perform a laser hair removal treatment (without any necessity of proper training or degree). As a result, more and more accidents happen, and we see a rise in numbers when it comes to injury claims. It’s important for you to understand that, if you are a victim, there are certain actions you can take. Here are your legal choices and options when it comes to making a laser hair removal injury claim.
There are a variety of injuries that can occur when the laser treatment goes wrong, but here are the most common ones:
Second degree burns (second degree burns penetrate only the upper layers of the skin and result in blistering, redness, and possible infection)
Third degree burns (third degree burns penetrate all layers of the skin and may cause tissue damage, resulting in laser hair removal scars or worse)
Discolouration of skin
Psychological and emotional trauma due to injuries
Legal causes for action
There are no causes for legal action that the law recognises under the medical profession (as laser treatment for hair removal is not included as a medical profession). Hence, in order to be able to make a claim with legal grounds, you need to be able to provide proof of negligence, assault, or deceptive trade practices.
Duty of technicians and beauticians
It is the duty of the technician or beautician to make sure that every reasonable care is taken before, during, and after the procedure. This means you should receive plenty of information, should be treated by a technician who has undergone training and does not make mistakes, and uses quality tools.
You may seek damages if your technician has been negligent or has given you false information. This includes following a wrong procedure or using faulty equipment.
Here’s why following the correct procedures when you have sustained an injury is important: you will never really know who the defendant will be unless everything is fully documented. For example, if you can clearly show that the technician is at fault (by, say, programming the tools or equipment to the faulty settings), then the technician will be at fault. Or maybe the manufacturer of the tool is at fault.
It’s important to document everything right away – and to seek legal help. Your solicitor will be able to guide you towards getting that compensation you deserve.
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