Last updated on May 12th, 2022
Over the years, the trend for ear piercings has moved to other body parts. Many people now also ask for their eyebrows, lips, nose and tongue to be pierced as well. While many customers are happy with the results of their body piercings, mistakes can happen that can lead to pain and suffering. Some can also lead to infections that could affect the victim for many years to come.
In our guide to body piercing compensation claims, we’ll look at when you could be eligible to seek damages, what can go wrong when having a body piercing, how much compensation you could claim for any injuries or suffering.
Our team of personal injury claims advisors offer a telephone consultation to anybody who is thinking of starting a body piercing compensation claim. During your initial call, you’ll be offered free legal advice about the chances of winning your case. If there are grounds to continue, we could connect you with one of our in-house personal injury solicitors. If they decide to take on your case, you won’t need to pay any fees upfront. Also, they’ll make the claims process less stressful by dealing with your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. That means you’ll know that you only have to pay for your solicitor’s work if you receive a compensation payout.
Want to know more about claiming for a body piercing injury before claiming? If so, please read some more of this guide. If you’d rather talk to us right away about how to take action, please call our team on 0800 6524 881 today.
Table of contents
- Body Piercing Statistics
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Body Piercing Injury?
- Evidence To Help With A Body Piercing Compensation Claim
- What Can Go Wrong With Body Piercings?
- How Much Compensation For Body Piercing Injuries?
- Body Piercing Compensation Amounts
- Can I Make A Claim At Any Time?
- Using A Personal Injury Solicitor To Make A Body Piercing Compensation Claim
According to a survey and report by the British Medical Journal it is estimated that around 10% of us had some sort of body piercing in 2008. Of the respondents to the survey, nearly half of the 16 to 24-year old females said they have a piercing. Importantly in that category, out of 754 piercings, there were complications reported in 233 cases, with 115 requiring medical assistance.
Some common of the most common body piercings include:
- Ears piercings. Including lobe, tragus and cartilage piercings.
- Oral piercings. Tongue and lip piercings.
- Facial piercings. Eyebrow, nose septum and nostril piercings.
- Belly button piercings.
- Genital or nipple piercings.
Most piercings come with some inherent risk. If you suffer following treatment because the risks weren’t explained or because the procedure was conducted negligently, you could be eligible to seek compensation for that suffering. If you believe you’re entitled to compensation, please call our specialists today.
To use a personal injury solicitor when claiming compensation for a body piercing injury, you’ll need to show a solicitor that:
- The practitioner who treated you owed you a duty of care; and
- In some way, they were negligent before, during, or after your body piercing procedure; and
- You were injured as a result of the negligence.
Establishing a duty of care should be straightforward enough if you’ve paid for your body piercing in a beauty salon or shop. When you call, this will be assessed as part of your initial consultation. Proving that the practitioner was negligent and caused your injuries will require evidence. Therefore, we’ll show you what you could supply to support your case in the next section.
It’s important that you can show the extent of your injuries and how they were sustained during any body piercing compensation claim. To do this, you could collect:
- Photographic evidence. It’s a good idea to take pictures of any visible wounds. Also, keep doing so during your recovery period to show how long it took for them to heal.
- Witness details. If your solicitor needs to, they could ask anybody else who was with you for a statement of what they saw or heard.
- Correspondence or advertising. To help show whether you were advised of the risks involved with a piercing, it’s a good idea to retain any leaflets, emails or texts you received about your treatment.
- Medical evidence. We suggest that any injury should be assessed by a medical professional. If you visit your GP or a minor injuries unit, you’ll receive the right treatment to help you recover. At a later date, your medical records could be requested to help show the extent of your injuries.
- Incident reports. You should report your injury to the shop or salon that conducted your body piercing. They should record the incident and your copy of the report could be used to show when and where you were injured.
- Receipts or invoices. Finally, you should keep a record of any expenses you incur because of the body piercing negligence. It may be possible to claim these back at a later date.
If you do wish to claim, call our team and they will review the evidence you’ve collected so far. They’ll assess your claim for free and we could appoint a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor to your case.
Any type of body piercing poses a risk of infection. However, the level of risk can alter depending on the part of the body that’s being pierced. Let’s take a look at some common piercings and their associated risks:
Nose piercings are particularly popular and while this is a relatively straightforward procedure, there are potential complications. Due to the shape of the inner and outer nose, it is very difficult to fully disinfect the inside surface where the piercing will go. When you bear in mind nostril hairs are there to prevent airborne pollutants from entering the nose, the process of breaking the skin while adding a piercing can lead to infection.
To many people, tongue piercings look painful but surprisingly they carry a relatively small risk of infection. Despite the amount of food and drink which will pass over your tongue during a day, the muscle can be cleaned and disinfected fairly easily. The main problem when adding a tongue piercing relates to the number of blood vessels in the local vicinity. In the early days following a tongue piercing, it’s fairly common for a degree of swelling but with the correct treatment, this should be relatively short-lived.
The hard cartilage towards the top of your ear is perhaps one of the most challenging types of piercing. While it is relatively easy to add a piercing, although perhaps a little more painful than traditional piercings, it is the chance of infection which is challenging. If the area around the piercing becomes infected then pus can actually become trapped underneath the cartilage. In some of the more severe infections, this may require an operation to remove the cartilage and drain the infection. It is not difficult to see how this type of procedure can then result in a degree of deformation of the ear.
In recent times we have seen a trend towards more intimate piercings, especially in the genital area. In theory, these are relatively straightforward but the fact that these areas are strongly associated with sexual activity and toiletry functions means the broken skin is exposed to an enhanced chance of infection. Any piercing related infection can be painful but one on a more intimate part of your body can be extremely painful. Any swelling may require medical treatment and in the more severe cases, surgery may be the only option.
Following a negligent body piercing, you may wish to claim for scarring, sensation loss, or any other injury that you’ve sustained. If that’s the case, we can help. Call us free on 0800 6524 881 to find out more.
Any compensation settlement for body piercing injuries will usually be based on:
- General damages. This covers the pain and suffering the negligent body piercing has caused. Importantly, you could claim for loss of amenity and any distress or anxiety (psychiatric harm) you’ve suffered as a result of your injuries too.
- Special damages. Here you’ll look to claim back any expenses you’ve incurred. For example, it might be possible to claim back any medical costs, travel expenses or lost income.
Your compensation claim may require an independent medical assessment, which our solicitors are usually able to book locally. A medical expert will write a report detailing your injuries once they’ve reviewed your injuries with you and checked your medical records.
There is an obvious risk of infection with any body piercing due to the fact that the skin is broken and exposed to the elements. We will now take a look at potential body piercing injuries and varying levels of compensation.
- The loss of the taste sensation can lead to compensation of between £19,200 and £24,990.
- The loss of smell can lead to slightly higher compensation in the region of £24,990 up to £32,900.
- Significant loss of taste and total loss of smell can see compensation of between £32,900 and £39,170.
- Total loss of taste and smell will lead to compensation in the region of £39,170.
- Relatively trivial scarring due to infection when inserting the piercing can lead to compensation of between £1,710 and £3,530.
- Less significant scarring which can be camouflaged, or relatively small scars, generally leads to compensation of between £3,950 and £13,740.
- More significant scarring where plastic surgery may be required can lead to compensation in the region of £9,110 up to £30,090.
- Substantial disfigurement and psychological after-effects can result in compensation from £17,960 up to £48,420.
- Where the victim is relatively young, up to mid-30s, and the use of cosmetics has little impact, often creating additional psychological issues, compensation anywhere from £29,780 up to £97,330 may be claimed.
- Relatively short duration minor injuries where there is complete recovery within seven days can see compensation up to £690.
- Injuries that take up to 28 days to fully recover often attract compensation of between £690 and £1,370.
- Injuries, where the recovery process is anything up to 3 months, tend to attract compensation between £1,370 and £2,450.
Importantly, these figures are not guaranteed because each body piercing compensation claim is unique. If your case is accepted by a solicitor from our team, they’ll explain what value they’ll claim for once everything has been reviewed properly.
Any personal injury claim must be started within the permitted time limit. For body piercing claims, this is typically a 3-year period from the date you were injured. However, if you were to suffer an infection that didn’t become apparent until a later date, you would have 3-years from when the infection was diagnosed.
Our advice is to begin the claim as soon as you can. That’s because it will make it easier for you to recollect what happened and how you suffered. Additionally, you’ll give your solicitor enough time to collect the evidence that’s required to support your body piercing injury claim.
Our belief is that you are more likely to be compensated correctly if you have a specialist solicitor representing you during a body piercing injury claim. Many cases are handled by insurance companies that won’t pay anything unless their client’s negligence and the extent of your injuries is clearly proven to them.
If your case is taken on, your solicitor will manage the claims process for you. That means you won’t have to answer any technical questions from the defendant’s insurer. Also, your solicitor will try to counter any arguments or objections over liability for your injuries where providing extra evidence where possible.
As the claim progresses, you’ll be given updates about how the case is progressing and you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you might have. Importantly, your solicitor won’t necessarily accept the first offer they receive. Instead, they’ll fight to try and secure the maximum compensation possible to ensure you’re settlement amount is fair.
To begin a claim today, please call us on 0800 6524 881 right away. We could ask one of our personal injury solicitors to start working on your body piercing compensation claim right away.