A microblading accident can happen for a range of reasons. Some of the most common beauty claims include hairdressing problems, tanning burns and infections from fake nails. However, if we think about more modern beauty trends, there are a lot of problems that can come with these treatments. One of the most common treatments that most people claim for nowadays is microblading. Microblading is a tattoo technique that can change the shape, colour and size of the eyebrows. Nowadays, most people use it to try and thicken up their eyebrows. They make the eyebrow look relatively realistic and can last for quite a few months. However, when this treatment goes wrong it can cause severe damage to the skin through discolouration, allergic reactions and scarring.
This is where Gowing Law Solicitors can step in to help you get started with your beauty claim. We understand that asking for beauty compensation can be a bit daunting. Any sort of legal matters can be unnerving. Our trained beauty claim solicitors can help you understand exactly what you are owed. All you need to do is call 0800 041 3850 or check out your claim below:
What is there to know about microblading?
Beauty claims tend to come out of the knowledge that someone has got hurt due to the inexperience or negligence of a beauty professional. If you are having a beautician work on your eyebrows, you need to feel confident knowing that they are doing their job up to a professional standard. This means you should:
- Know all of the information essential to your treatment
- Understand the risks of your treatment
- Inform your beautician of any allergies or conditions you have that may cause adverse effects when it comes to your treatment.
To be a skilled microblade specialist, you will need training to ensure that the shape of the eyebrow is specifically suited to the client. It is similar to a tattoo but it involves pigment being implanted under the skin in strokes to resemble small hairs. This tends to make your eyebrows look more natural rather than just being big blocks on your head. However, if the beauty technician does not know what they are doing then there can be some severe consequences.
What could cause a microblading accident?
As you can see above, when a microblading treatment goes wrong, you will find that it can have dire consequences on the claimant’s physical appearance and overall health. Microblading is a semi-permanent beauty technique. However, it can still have an overall effect on the skin. But if you do get a permanent treatment then it may take months, maybe even years for the pigmentation product to be diluted from the skin. If the beauty treatment does not have the desired effect, or perhaps creates an allergic reaction within the skin that you did not anticipate, you could claim compensation for any damages that you suffer.
Additional problems with microblading can be found within the infographic below:
Whilst you won’t be able to get compensation for a bad microblading technique on its own, aka. having a bad design drawn on your face, if you have been physically hurt by a microblading accident, then you can start your compensation claim. Remember, you may also want to get any potential wounds checked out by your doctor to lessen the risk that they could get worse. If you leave them then that could look like negligence on your own part. That’s why it’s crucial to seek help as soon as you need it. This includes seeking out good legal counsel.
Will I be hurting the salon by making a beauty claim for my microblading accident?
No! Quite the contrary. Any quality salon will understand that accidents can happen even if they try their best to prevent them. All salon owners and employees owe their customers a duty of care. This means that it is their responsibility to ensure that all clients are kept safe during treatments and whilst they are in the salon. If accidents do happen, then they need to be immediately recorded in the salon’s work accident book. They can then work with you to determine who was responsible for the accident and to create a settlement agreement. The compensation will be paid through the salon’s employer liability insurance. Therefore, you will not be damaging the company financially by making a claim.
Salons and microblading accidents: Hygiene Standards
If you have suffered from a microblading accident, it may have been due to the equipment itself. The main way that you are going to prove that you are owed compensation for your accident is to show that it was due to the negligence of the staff.
Before you undergo the microblading treatment, you should be asked to undergo some sort of patch test. This test is used to see if your skin will have a reaction to the product. If they do not do this, or do not warn you about the type of products they are going to use on your skin, then this could be classified as negligence.
However, negligence can also come from the lack of cleaning or cleanliness in the equipment or the salon environment. With Covid-19 causing a problem for salons around the country, salons now have to implement strict cleaning and adhere social distancing regulations. If the equipment and dirty environment could cause an accident, then this is due to the salon staff and employers, not you. This means that if you do get hurt due to a micro-blading accident, you could claim compensation. Check the hygiene standards of a salon before you pay for a service.
Can I claim for an unsatisfactory microblading technique that affected my appearance?
This is where things may get a little more difficult. Whilst you can make a claim for a bad result of your microblading treatment, whether you make an accident claim depends on whether or not you got hurt. If you have been left with an unsatisfactory cosmetic experience or appearance, you may feel embarrassed about showing your face in public. Worse still, it may affect how you handle day-to-day activities if you don’t want people to see how you look. Examples of bad microblading technique may include:
- Uneven eyebrows
- Discolouration of eyebrows
- Shape of eyebrows
- Size of eyebrows
- The symmetry of your brows
Think carefully about whether or not you can make a claim for having an unsatisfactory technique. You could equate these types of damages to emotional damages. After all, you have been left feeling embarrassed or ashamed of your appearance. However, to make a beauty accident claim, you will need to have suffered from physical injuries due to the microblading treatment. You cannot claim for emotional damages on their own.
What can I claim for if I have suffered from a microblading accident?
Just like any other type of beauty claim, there are two main categories of damages that you can claim for. These are general damages and special damages. General damages are there to compensate you if you have experienced pain and suffering. So this may include:
- Physical Injuries
- Emotional Damages
Special damages are there to help you with your financial losses. Take a look at some of the examples below for a better idea of what they may include:
- Loss of wages
- Opportunity losses (i.e. if you took time off work and lost a promotion)
- Travel fees
- Medical fees
- Broken equipment
- Re-touching treatments to fix the damage
As you can see there are a lot of things that you can claim damages for. The more losses you have experienced, the more likely it is that you will get a larger amount of compensation as a pay-out. However, keep in mind that in order to prove you deserve compensation, you will need evidence. If you do not have any then it will simply be a case of “he said-she said.”
What sort of evidence do I need to make a microblading accident claim?
No matter what type of accident you have been involved in, if you got hurt in a beauty salon then the first thing you should consider is your own health. Alert the staff of the salon about your accident and ask them to have it noted down in their accident book. You should then receive medical assistance to help with your injuries. Whether they are big or small injuries, you should go to hospital or at least a walk-in centre to make sure there is nothing bad that could get worse without treatment.
You may also want to collect the following evidence to help with your claim:
- Photographs of your injuries and the environment
- Videos or CCTV footage of your injuries or the accident
- Medical reports
- Police reports
- Receipts for expenses
- Diary entries
- Witness Statements and testimonies
If you bring your evidence to your solicitor then you can work together in order to pair up your damages to the evidence. A solicitor can help strengthen your case and help you understand which of your damages can help you get the most compensation possible. They can also help you avoid any potential pitfalls that could happen in your case.
How much compensation could I be owed?
Now, when a solicitor is asked about this type of question, the answer tends to be something like “how long is a piece of string?” The amount of compensation that you receive entirely depends on the extent of your damages, injuries and losses. Obviously, the more severe your damages are, the higher your compensation pay-out if going to be. Two people involved in the same accident may end up getting different pay-outs due to the extent of their injuries. So, take a look at your own damages and ask your solicitor to help you with a rough estimate. They can let you know roughly how much you could be owed if they are successful with your case.
How long do I have to make a beauty claim?
You will have three years from the time of your accident. This is why it is essential that you get the help of a solicitor as quickly as possible. You don’t want to waste time by figuring out if your injuries could make you eligible for a compensation claim. An experienced solicitor can help you with this. So, give them the maximum amount of time to work on your case. That way they can go through it thoroughly and ensure that no mistakes are made.
Claim Beauty Compensation for your Microblading incident with Gowing Law Solicitors
Here at Gowing Law, we pride ourselves on being cosmetic injury specialists. We have helped people all over the country get the compensation that they deserve. All of our solicitors have experience with beauty claims and know exactly how to help you get a compensation pay-out that can make you feel less stressed about your situation. Gowing Law’s beauty injury solicitors can offer you free advice and consultations to get you started. If you are happy working with one of our lawyers, we can offer you our services on a “no win-no fee” basis. That means there will be no hidden fees and you will always come out on top.
If you are ready to start your claim, contact Gowing Law today by phoning 0800 041 8350, emailing email@example.com or checking your claim here. You can also visit our contact page to speak our team via our direct messenger. Let us know if you have any questions. We would be more than happy to answer them.
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