Can I claim compensation for skin blistering following beauty treatment if my scalp blistered after hair dye was applied to my hair? I complained about the burning sensation but the stylist said it was normal.
You may be eligible to claim compensation for skin blistering following a beauty treatment provided that the hair stylist in question can be proven to have been negligent. The hair salon has a legal duty of care in which to provide their clients with a safe environment and if this duty of care was breached and the hair salon employee deemed responsible for your injury, you may pursue a claim against the salon.
Professional hairstylists acknowledge that a “patch test” should be performed on all clients before administering any form of treatment with a product that has the potential to cause harm – even if the client and stylist had worked together in the past with no problems. The reason behind this is that allergies are unpredictable and can develop in between sessions; therefore, a patch test is necessary each time. The beauty salon will be considered at fault for your scalp injury if the stylist did not perform a patch test at least 48 hours before the hair dye was applied.
In order to support your compensation for skin blistering following beauty treatment claim, there are some procedures that you should have carried out. It is important that you have your scalp treated by a medical professional as soon as possible after the injury was sustained for the benefit of your health and so that your injury is recorded in your medical history. You should also take two photographs of the blisters, one close up and another from a slight distance. Furthermore, you should return to the salon and have your injury recorded in their “Accident Report Book”, making sure that you maintain a copy for yourself.
It is highly recommended that you speak with a solicitor at the first practical opportunity, who can assess your compensation for skin blistering following beauty treatment claim to determine its viability. Most solicitors will offer an initial consultation free of charge where they can answer any questions you may have regarding your case.
It is possible that the salon may offer you a small amount of compensation but you should be aware that this offer may not adequately reflect the impact your injury has had on your quality of life. Your solicitor would be able to determine whether such an offer is worth accepting or whether it does not take into account all of the factors that should be included in a compensation settlement.