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Beauty Treatment Injury Compensation Claims
The beauty market in UK has grown at an impressive rate over the past few years, proving the industry to be essentially recession-proof, as it continues to broadens its appeal across age groups, demographics and price points. A recent study by Barclays Business found that the number of beauty businesses in the UK increased by 21% between 2010 and 2014, while the combined turnover of spas and beauty salons increased by 24%, contributing more than £4 billion to the UK economy. Meanwhile, research group Mintel estimates that British consumers will be spending over £10 billion a year on beauty and personal care products by 2017.
The success of the beauty industry does however have a downside, namely the fact that injuries from treatments at beauty salons continue to blight the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of women across the country every year. Such injuries are caused mainly by errors on the part of beauty therapists in failing to properly assess the suitability of clients for specific beauty treatments, or else in failing to carry them out in a reasonably competent manner. This in turn is due to the lack of statutory regulation of the industry in the UK, an issue that continues to generate fierce criticism from safety campaigners.
Problems mainly occur when poorly trained or unskilled beauty therapists handle and apply beauty products containing potentially dangerous chemicals, make mistakes while performing heat-based treatments, or fail to use the instruments involved in beauty procedures correctly. It is essential that the chemical solutions utilised in beauty treatments are prepared, handled and applied by skilled and experienced beauty therapists. Therapists should also be adequately trained in how to carry out specific treatments, thus ensuring that they perform them safely and to an acceptably high standard.
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Accidents at the beauticians are particularly upsetting when a treatment is performed in advance and in anticipation of a special occasion. We have had clients who have been forced to miss holidays, family weddings and birthday parties due to injuries at their local beauty salon. Apart from compensation for pain and suffering, clients may also receive a separate award for 'loss of enjoyment' in these circumstances.
Injured persons may be ashamed of their appearance, especially if damage has been done to the face or scalp, and may be too self-conscious to go out in public. This may lead them to take time off work, and compensation awards often include 'special' damages for loss of earnings as well as the cost of specialist medical treatment, for example if you need to visit a consultant dermatologist. All related travel costs are also likely to be awarded.
How Clients Get Injured At Beauty Salons And What Action They Can Take
Legal Responsibilities of Beauty Therapists to Clients
Employees in any business serving the public are obliged to take reasonable care for the health and safety of their visitors. A beauty therapist is therefore expected to perform treatments in a reasonably competent manner, and to a standard that a client could expect to receive from other beauty professionals.
Compensation claims may be the result of errors made by beauty therapists during treatments, or else a beauty salon may be responsible for failing to provide adequate pre-treatment care. Skin patch tests are essential for new customers to detect potential allergies to chemicals and substances contained in beauty products. This should involve the testing a sample of a product on a small area of a client’s skin at least 24 hours before a treatment is carried out. Clients must also be provided with appropriate aftercare instructions where necessary.
Complaining About A Beauty Clinic For Personal Injury
The safe handling, storage and disposal of chemicals contained in beauty salon products is governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Many compensation claims for injuries at the beauticians are based on badly trained, unqualified or inexperienced therapists causing chemical burns through mishandling or missusing products.
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