Although there are now many beauty treatments we can all benefit from, including such simple treatments as haircuts, waxing, facials, and so on, there is an alarming rise in the rate of injuries associated with such beauty treatments. The reason for this is simple: the beauty industry is still not properly regulated, and was, in fact, de-regulated a few years ago. This basically means that anyone with little training or skill can perform a beauty treatment, which may result in harm to the person receiving the treatment. If you have been a victim of a beauty treatment gone wrong, here’s what you should know about how to make a proper claim for compensation.
First, a look at some common beauty treatment injuries and complaints:
- Damaged, brittle, or hair falling out
- Burns from laser hair removal, waxing, or bleaching
- Allergic responses or reactions to the improper use of or exposure to chemicals
- Damage to the scalp due to the use of faulty equipment or hair products
- Injuries or damage to the eye due to eyebrow or eyelash treatments, such as tattooing or dyeing
- Injuries from tanning
There are other injuries related to beauty treatments, such as temporary or permanent scarring and even disfiguration, and, more often than not, beauty treatment injuries come with emotional and psychological effects as well.
A beauty injury is a personal injury
What you should know is that a beauty injury is classified as a personal injury, and, as such, you can be compensated for it. Most people assume that personal injuries are those associated with car accidents, falls and slips, and so on, but injuries due to beauty treatments fall under personal injury claims as well. For instance, if you went through a beauty treatment such as hair dyeing and were not given a patch test prior to the procedure, you may be able to claim compensation due to the technician’s or beautician’s negligence. Another misconception with beauty injury claims is that they are only about money or financial gains or returns. Some beauty treatment injuries can have very debilitating effects, and for these, the only way to move on and get funding for long-term treatment is to make a claim for compensation. Some individuals who suffer from permanent disfigurement or scarring have every right to claim compensation if it affects their quality of life.
Making a claim
If you would like to make a claim for a beauty injury, you have three years from your awareness of the injury to do so. To make a claim, you need proof, such as photographs, and you need other details such as the name of the salon or centre, the address, medical records, receipts, and other important evidence related to the injury.
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