A chemical peel is a beauty treatment that is usually applied to the face to remove dead cells to provide a fresher appearance. In the main, most people are happy with the outcome of their face peel but things can go wrong occasionally. If you’ve suffered after a chemical peel went wrong, you could be eligible to make a chemical peel injury claim for compensation.
We can help with chemical peel claims by offering a free initial consultation with a specially trained advisor. They’ll use their knowledge to answer your questions and explain your options. If it looks like you should be compensated, they’ll refer you to one of our personal injury solicitors. You’ll be represented on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim is accepted which means there won’t be any legal fees payable unless compensation is paid.
To learn more about claiming compensation for chemical peel injuries, please read on or call our team on 0800 6524 881.
Table of contents
- How Do Chemical Peels Work?
- Am I Eligible To Make A Chemical Peel Injury Claim?
- How Can Things Go Wrong With Chemical Peels?
- How Much Compensation For A Chemical Peel Injury Could I Claim?
- What Evidence Will I Need To Support A Chemical Peel Claim?
- What’s The Time Limit For Making A Chemical Peel Peel Injury Claim?
- Starting The Chemical Peel Injury Claims Process
The idea of a chemical peel is to remove dead cells from the top layers of your skin. In theory, this could help stimulate new skin cells to provide a fresher complexion and reduce the impact of wrinkles and scars.
Face peels are usually performed in beauty salons rather than by your doctor but the NHS explains that the three main types of chemical peel are:
- Superficial peels. A solution is applied to the skin for a few minutes. This procedure will remove cells from the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) only and will need to be repeated regularly.
- Medium peels. This is a deeper peel that removes dead cells from the epidermis and middle layers of skin. The results of a medium peel can last for up to 12 months.
- Deep peels. This type of peel removes cells from deeper layers of the skin. This is potentially a more dangerous procedure where a local anaesthetic will be applied.
If you’ve been injured from any type of chemical peel and believe you have a case to claim compensation, please contact our team of claims advisors and they’ll be happy to advise on what action could be taken.
You should always check that a practitioner has been trained properly and has plenty of experience when booking a chemical peel. That’s because if a chemical peel goes wrong, it can cause:
- Painful skin blistering or burning.
- Temporary or permanent skin discolouration.
- Reddening or swelling of the face.
- In rare cases, facial scars.
- Bacterial or viral infections.
- Allergic reactions.
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.
- In more severe cases, heart, liver or kidney damage.
If you’ve suffered in any way following a chemical peel, speak to our team to see if you could have grounds to claim compensation.
As a chemical peel is not a medical procedure, it is not currently regulated in the UK. However, any practitioner that offers the service will owe you a duty of care. This means that they must do all they can to try and ensure nothing goes wrong. If they don’t you may be eligible to claim compensation.
The main quests our personal injury solicitors will ask to assess chemical peel claims are:
- Was the practitioner negligent in some way?
- Did something go wrong with the chemical peel as a result of that negligence?
- Were you injured or made to suffer because of your treatment?
If you believe you should be compensated for suffering caused by a chemical peel gone wrong, please let us know.
As mentioned above, you can only claim compensation if negligence during a chemical peel has caused you to suffer. Some examples of the types of beauty salon negligence that could lead to a claim include:
- Where you weren’t told about any known risks or side effects linked to your treatment.
- If the practitioner was not properly trained on how to apply chemical peels.
- If an allergy test (or patch test) was not performed in the days before your treatment.
- Where dirty or unhygienic conditions caused an infection.
Many people believe that because they signed a consent form prior to a chemical peel, they cannot claim compensation. That is not true. A waiver or consent form simply confirms that you knew about the treatment you were about to receive. It does not stop you from suing a beauty salon if you’ve suffered because of a botched procedure.
As part of your free consultation, we’ll review your consent form if you still have it and advise you about your next steps.
If you sue a beauty salon for negligence during a chemical peel, you will need to justify every penny of compensation you ask for.
Therefore, when making a chemical peel injury claim, you should consider:
- The level of pain and suffering you’ve endured (physical and damage to mental health).
- The impact of any permanent injuries such as scars.
- How your injuries affected your normal activities and hobbies.
- Any lost earnings.
- The time somebody else spent caring for you.
- Fuel, parking or travel expenses.
- Any medical costs such as remedial treatment.
If you make a claim with one of our specialist solicitors, they’ll try to secure the maximum settlement possible by reviewing your claim fully before it is filed.
As part of any personal injury claim, you’ll need to have your injuries assessed independently. Once this has been done, your solicitor will be able to provide a compensation estimate. For now, you can get some idea below of potential compensation amounts for scars that might be caused by a chemical due gone wrong.
- Compensation for a single noticeable scar or a number of superficial lacerations to a hand(s) ranges from £2,370 to £7,830.
- £1,710 – £3,530 compensation for minor facial scarring.
- £3,950 – £13,740 compensation for less significant facial scarring.
These amounts can vary from claim to claim so please regard them as guidance only at this point.
Beauty salons do not settle negligence claims themselves. Instead, they let their insurance company handle claims on their behalf. If you’ve ever dealt with an insurance claim, you’ll know that settlements will only be paid where there is strong evidence of wrongdoing by the insurer’s client.
The following evidence could all be used to support a chemical peel claim:
- Photographic evidence. You should take pictures of your injuries as soon as possible after your treatment. You should repeat this process periodically during your recovery.
- Medical notes. Any injuries caused by a chemical peel should be treated by a doctor. Whether you were treated at a hospital or GP surgery, your medical records can be obtained to support your claim.
- Witness statements. If you took a friend or member of your family with you when you were treated, they could be asked by your solicitor to provide a statement of what they saw or what was said.
- Emails and text messages. Any correspondence from the salon could also be used as evidence. This may include booking information or messages sent to you if you complained about your treatment.
- Waivers or consent forms. As mentioned earlier, your solicitor will check the wording of any consent form you signed prior to your chemical peel.
In addition to the above, you should write your own statement about what happened. This should include how you’ve been affected, any days you couldn’t work because of your injuries and information about any other costs you’ve incurred.
As part of our free consultation, we’ll review any evidence you already have so please keep it nearby when you call.
As per the Limitation Act 1980, chemical peel injury claims and other beauty treatment negligence claims have a 3-year time limit. Mostly, this will begin from the date you were treated.
To try and make it easier to get hold of the evidence needed to support your claim, we’d suggest getting in touch as soon as possible.
In some cases, chemical peel compensation claims can be settled fairly quickly (in around 6 months or so). Where more time is required to prove how your injuries have affected you, claims can take longer.
The first step in starting a claim with us is to pick up the phone and call us on 0800 6524 881. That will allow one of our specialists to explain your options and answer your questions. There’s no obligation to proceed and we’ll provide free legal advice on whatever you decide to do next.
Our solicitors provide a No Win No Fee service for any accepted claim. That means they’ll manage all aspects of your claim for you without being paid upfront. In fact, you’ll only pay legal fees to cover their work if you receive a compensation payout.
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