Hair removal in beauty salons, often with the use of laser technology, is becoming more and more popular. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with it – the technology works and is very effective. Unfortunately, since UK law doesn’t recognise any legal standards to regulate the industry, the incidents of unwanted damage, injury, and psychological or emotional injury are on the rise as well. The beauty industry is on the rise; but so are the accidents – and most of them are avoidable. If you feel you have sustained damage during one of those procedures, then this one is for you: here’s an important list of what you can seek compensation for with a laser hair removal injury.
The beautician has the duty of care
As mentioned, under UK law, the Intense Pulse Lasers (IPL) and other forms of laser treatment have been deregulated – and whilst this may mean that the technician or beautician no longer needs special certification, it still remains a fact that the man or woman who is going to perform the procedure has a duty of care and should look after your best interests. This encompasses many issues – including giving you the proper information and assisting you in any way they can in case something goes wrong.
You should receive:
Before you receive the treatment, you should first and foremost receive:
A pre-treatment regime to assess whether the laser treatment would be successful
A full explanation of the treatment, including answers to any questions you may have
An opportunity to change your mind if you are not satisfied with the explanations or if you feel the risks are too high
An examination of the area to be treated
A discussion of your medical history
Advice on the probable result of the treatment
Advice on what to do after the treatment
If any of these things are lacking, it could constitute negligence on the part of the beautician or technician.
When something goes wrong
Let’s hope it doesn’t – but if it has, you may file a claim such as laser burn claims for both physical and psychological injury.
It’s important that you seek medical help as soon as possible when you feel something went wrong – and this needs to be documented. You should also immediately document how the procedure went; who did the procedure, what exactly they did, and what tools and products they used. To be sure, you should always consult a solicitor who specialises in these kind of cases – often they will work on a no-win, no-fee basis. You have the right – and more importantly, you have the duty to prevent similar incidents from happening to anyone else.
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