Every Bride’s Nightmare : When a Beauty Treatment Goes Wrong

August 2, 2012

Beauty treatments and plastic surgery are becoming commonplace with thousands of men and women undergoing treatment every year. Despite the recession, more and more people are choosing to turn to the professionals for a range of treatments to pamper, relax and beautify themselves. Sometimes, however, it all goes wrong and the customer ends up with an injury. Poor training and misuse of chemicals are commonplace, leading to injuries such as burns from hot wax, allergic reactions after a failure to patch test or damage caused after botox has been incorrectly administered.

When you go to a beauty therapist in order to have a treatment, you expect that the therapist in question is suitably qualified and experienced in the administration of that treatment. When the training or experience is lacking, injury can occur. Even a relatively simple procedure has the potential to go wrong and when this happens, it’s important to seek legal advice. Although it is rare to suffer from beauty injuries, solicitors are able to help you should such an injury occur. Whether it be a relatively minor accident, something more severe or even life threatening, it is important to seek advice.

Every Bride’s Nightmare : When a Beauty Treatment Goes Wrong

Every Bride’s Nightmare : When a Beauty Treatment Goes Wrong

One example of how a treatment can go wrong is in the case of 29-year-old mother, Mariade Kelly. Ms Kelly used a home hair dye in order to cover her greying locks, something she had been doing for years. On this occasion, however, she suffered an extreme allergic reaction to the dye that left her fighting for her life in the high dependency unit of her local hospital. The hair dyes sold over the counter clearly state that a patch test should be performed at least 48 hours prior to using the dye, but many people fail to do this, thinking that because they have used the dye before, they will be fine. Unfortunately, an allergic reaction can occur at any time. In this instance, there was a warning clearly visible on the instructions, so the manufacturer was not liable for any compensation, but if a warning regarding a patch test is not clearly displayed, then compensation may be payable. Similar treatments undergone in hair salons should also be subject to a patch test prior to treatment. Failure to do so could result in a similar allergic reaction, which in this instance would mean that the sufferer could make a personal injury compensation claim against the negligent hairdresser.

Another relatively common form of injury occurs when hot wax is applied to the body for hair removal. These types of injury occur when the person performing the treatment is unqualified and inexperienced, or negligent in their performance of the procedure. Burns can leave the client permanently disfigured and can cause scarring that even surgery cannot fully correct. A person may also be injured if they suffer a reaction to the wax being used for the treatment. As with hair dye, the beautician performing the procedure should perform a patch test prior to the treatment and should also have a list of the client’s medication, as some medicines can affect the skin’s reactions.

There are numerous ways in which a beauty treatment can go wrong, but in the right hands, the experience should not have any adverse side effects. If something does go wrong and you suffer from any beauty injuries Liverpool based expert solicitors can provide you with professional advice and a comprehensive service to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

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