Ultimately, a trip to the salon aims to resolve a bad hair day. What if it turns out to be a nightmare because of accidents and carelessness? Seeking compensation can further protect you from aggravated damages. It is also a way to hold beauticians and salon owners liable for their responsibility towards their clients. Typically, when planning a trip to the salon, the goal is to be revitalized by enhancing your features with perming, hair colouring, and hairstyling. Unfortunately, a trip can become a nightmare when we get into unforeseen accidents due to carelessness and improper handling of hazardous chemicals. Can I sue my hairdresser for an unsatisfactory service resulting in hair damage? The answer is YES.
Seeking a lawyer or a beauty solicitor is an intelligent course of action in hairdressing claims. Expert UK-based solicitors and legal teams ensure that clients recover fair and just compensation for the dispute. Here are three tips for a successful hairdressing compensation claim.
Carefully assess the eligibility of the compensation claim.
Generally, we are after compensation for the damages caused by hair injuries. The establishment that the client is not at fault or liable for the accident is the top priority. If there will be evidence of tinkering with the chemicals or causing a commotion inside the salon, the client will be liable for property damage.
On the other hand, if the incident is not your fault, gather solid shreds of evidence such as photos, medical prognosis, and witness accounts. Eligibility for compensation is the following.
- The client is not liable for the accident.
- The client was not aware of the adverse effects of the treatment.
- The client did not undergo a skin patch allergy test.
- Lack of explanation of the side effects of the treatment to the client.
Awareness of the types of hairdressing accidents I can claim for
In light of the global pandemic, salons should be implementing safety guidelines and measures to ensure employees and clients are safe from getting infected. Here are the common types of injuries that happen in salons.
- Cuts and lacerations. Hairdressers must be experts in handling the scissors. Deep wounds, gashes, and nipping of the ears are samples of cuts and lacerations an unskilled hairdresser may cause.
- Baldness. Untrained hairdressers and stylists may cause a wrong buzz cut or a bald patch brought about by a chemical burn.
- Burns. Chemical products, hot iron, and tongs may cause chemical and heat burns
- Slips and trips. Salons and their employees are responsible for the safety of their workplaces. Therefore, salons must be tidy and clean to avoid accidents. Hazard markers must be available for wet and newly mopped surfaces.
- Customer/employee violence. Criminal injuries and altercation are valid personal injury claims with a mix of civil and criminal cases. A police report and CCTV footage can protect you from this incident.
Gather the pieces of evidence I need to build my case.
Pursuing a hairdressing injury claim entails evidence gathering to build your case. The amount of evidence dictates the amount of pay-out compensation for your claim. Proof of damages and the amount of pain endured makes a successful claim. Evidence includes photos, CCTV footage, witness testimonies, medical records, receipts of expenses, journal entries, and police records.
A pro tip is hiring a dependable legal and solicitor team to back you up. It is an intelligent move to seek a lawyer or beauty solicitor’s guidance because they understand the trauma, embarrassment, and pain of hairdressing accidents.