Laser hair removal is a fairly common cosmetic procedure in the UK. The process involves beaming a concentrated laser light into the hair follicles. This intense light destroys the hair follicles preventing hair from re-growing. This permanent hair removal procedure can be performed on all areas of the body including the face, arms, underarms, shoulders, back, chest, bikini line and legs.
As with any other cosmetic treatment, problems can develop if proper precautions are not observed while performing the laser hair removal procedure. If you have experienced an injury from laser hair removal such as laser hair removal burns or scars, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
Common Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
Redness, swelling and itching are some of the more common side effects of laser hair removal, but these may be expected and the effects are temporary.
Sometimes, however, things can go very wrong during the procedure, resulting in excessive redness, swelling and soreness immediately after the treatment or after a day or two. Negligence in treatment can also result in severe laser hair removal burns, blisters and scarring. A person with very sensitive skin may also experience changes in skin pigmentation or skin texture.
Problems during a laser hair removal treatment can arise due to several different reasons. It could be because the procedure was performed by an unqualified or inexperienced technician or because the procedure was performed using instruments that were not properly sanitised. The use of unclean instruments can result in an infection leading to permanent laser hair removal scarring.
Duty Of Care In Laser Hair Removal Treatments
It is fair to say you are not expected to know everything about laser hair removal or the potential side effects and risks involved. You may research the procedure before deciding to go ahead but what you read probably only tells you the basics, and won’t give you the whole picture. However, the same cannot be said of the professional offering the laser hair removal treatment.
Those who perform laser hair removal are expected to have extensive knowledge about all aspects of the treatment, from the pre-care to the procedure itself, the after-care and the risks involved. In fact, this is not just an expectation, it is a legal requirement under the ‘duty of care’ clause.
According to the law, every cosmetic clinic, beauty salon, dental surgery carrying out laser hair treatments owe its patients a duty of care. Whether you’re having laser hair removal on the NHS or in a clinic the same laws apply. This means they have to take all reasonable precautions to minimise the potential risks associated with the procedure such as laser hair removal burns.
These are some things a laser hair removal technician legally are required to do as part of their duty of care:
- Perform a thorough assessment of the client’s health and skin condition to ensure that the laser hair removal is not likely to cause any harm.
- Set clients up with realistic expectations as to the results of the procedure.
- Inform prospective clients about the potential risks associated with the laser hair removal procedure.
- Make detailed notes about your medical history to determine if you have any condition that could potentially pose some risk to your health.
- Perform a patch test.
- Give clients the opportunity to change their minds if they have any doubts.
- Educate clients about laser hair removal after-care and what to do in case of any problems.
- Use sterilised equipment and proper techniques while performing the procedure.
If the laser hair removal technician failed to do any of the above and you are injured as a result, you may have grounds for filing a laser hair removal compensation claim.
How Much Compensation For Laser Hair Removal Injuries?
How severe your laser hair removal injury is, the psychological impact and the prognosis with regards to your recovery are just three elements of a compensation claim that will help with determining the amount of compensation you might receive.
As every laser hair removal claim is unique it is not possible without knowing the full details to provide an exact settlement amount for your claim, although we can provide average compensation settlement amounts for injuries associated with laser hair removal negligence such as laser hair removal scars.
Average Compensation For Laser Hair Removal Injuries
- Very severe facial scarring causing a severe psychological reaction could see a compensation settlement of between £27,940 up to £91,350.
- Compensation for less severe facial scarring causing a significant psychological impact could payout around £16,860 up to £45,440.
- Significant facial scars where cosmetic surgery has reduced the impact might see compensation of between £8,550 up to £28,240.
- Compensation for a number of laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar to other areas of the body such as arms, legs, hands, back, chest, might see a settlement of £7,350 to £21,330.
- Less significant facial scars where the scars may be camouflaged or not so bad as to affect the claimant’s appearance markedly, 3,710 and £12,900.
- Compensation for a number of superficial scars or a single noticeable scar to arms, legs, hands, with minor cosmetic deficiency, might expect a settlement of £2,220 to £7,350.
- Compensation for trivial scars to the face from laser hair removal, £1,600 and £3,310.
Making A Laser Hair Removal Compensation Claim
For your laser hair removal compensation claim to be successful, you must provide incontrovertible proof that the technician who performed the procedure was negligent. This can be difficult mainly because the defendant is sure to refute all accusations.
Whether you claim that your injuries were caused because the technician rushed you into making a decision, misled you as to the results or used poor quality or unsanitary equipment, proving your claim requires more than just your word for it. You will need to show proof that your injuries were actually caused by the laser hair removal treatment. Our solicitors are experts in personal injury law and laser hair removal claims and can put together a solid case to get you the compensation you are entitled to.
No Win No Fee Claims
The thought of spending a lot of money in legal fees without any guarantee of success can be a strong deterrent for most people who are in fact eligible to claim compensation for laser hair removal burns or other injuries. The good news is most personal injury solicitors will work on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you have a strong case and the solicitor can get the necessary evidence to back your laser hair removal claim, most solicitors will offer to take it up with a No Win No Fee agreement. In basic terms, with our solicitors, this means you do not pay any fees if your claim is not successful. In the event that your laser hair removal claim is successful, a percentage of your compensation will be taken as the fee, with the parentage being agreed with you first.
If you have suffered laser hair removal burns, scars or other injuries please contact us today for a free consultation to discuss what has happened and what laser hair removal compensation you might be entitled to.