Due to the British climate, many people turn to tanning beds to top up their tans all year round. While sunbed tanning salons offer an alternative to sprays and artificial tans, they can also pose some risks. If the salon does not take proper precautions, you could be burned by a sunbed. In more serious cases, sunbeds could cause skin cancer. If you’ve suffered burns or other injuries from sunbed tanning caused because the salon owner was negligent in their responsibilities, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
If you’d like to make a sunbed burn compensation claim, we are here to help. Our advisors provide an initial consultation to discuss your claim and offer free legal advice about your options. If it appears you have a strong case against the operator of a sunbed salon, we’ll refer you to one of our personal injury solicitors. They’ll support you on a No Win No Fee basis if they agree to represent you so you won’t pay any legal fees unless you are compensated.
To learn more about claiming compensation for sunbed injuries, please read on. Alternatively, call us on 0800 6524 881 if you’d like to discuss your options right away.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Sunbed Injury Claim Against A Tanning Salon?
- What Are The Risks Of Using A Sunbed?
- Tanning Salon Regulations In The UK
- Tanning Salon Negligence Leading To Sunbed Injury Claims
- How Much Compensation For Sunbed Burns Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Sunbed Tanning Salon Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Sunbed Injury Claims
- Starting A Sunbed Injury Compensation Claim
For any type of sunbed/tanning bed injury claim, you will need to demonstrate that:
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant; and
- The defendant was negligent in some way; and
- You suffered an injury because of that negligence.
Negligence can include something that the sunbed operator did or didn’t do. We’ll look at some specific examples of sunbed negligence that could allow you to claim compensation in a following section.
According to the NHS, sunbeds expose users to ultraviolet (UV) rays. In some cases, sunbeds can emit higher doses of UV rays that the midday sun. As such, sunbed users are at risk of developing skin cancer.
The risks of sunbed tanning injuries can increase depending on factors such as:
- How often the sunbed is used.
- The strength of the UV rays.
- The duration of your sunbed session.
- Your skin type.
- Your age.
Damage from UV rays can lead to the most serious type of skin cancer – malignant melanoma. They can also cause eye problems such as:
- Age-related cataracts.
- Eye irritation.
More information on the health and safety of tanning equipment is available from the Health and Safety Executive.
Despite the risks associated with sunbeds and tanning equipment set out above, sunbed tanning salons are largely unregulated. That said, local authorities can force business owners to obtain a licence to operate a salon.
Additionally, the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 makes it illegal for any business to allow children (under 18 years of age) to use a sunbed.
The law also covers the information that must be provided to customers before they use a sunbed, the type of eye protection that must be provided, and the enforcement powers local authorities to control the use of sunbeds.
The age restriction applies because evidence shows that children are more at risk of being injured whilst using a sunbed than older adults.
Even though there is an inherent risk associated with using a sunbed, tanning salon operators still have a duty of care for the safety of their customers. To fulfil the criteria set out in the previous section, a sunbed tanning salon operator must have been negligent if you’re to claim for any injuries. Some examples of how this can happen include:
- If you were not warned of the risks associated with tanning beds before use.
- If required information as set out by legislation was not on display in the tanning salon.
- Where you suffered burns because of a faulty or damaged sunbed.
- If you were allowed to use the sunbed for longer than the prescribed limit.
- If you were allowed to use the sunbed more often than the prescribed limits.
- Where a child under the age of 18 years old is allowed to use a sunbed (which is also a criminal offence).
If you believe you have suffered as a result of a tanning salon operator’s negligence, please get in touch to discuss your options.
There is a lot to consider when filing a personal injury claim for sunbed burns or other injuries. Any compensation you’re awarded will be based on the suffering caused by your injuries (general damages) and any expenses you incur (special damages).
While each sunbed tanning injury claim will be different, you could be compensated for:
- The physical pain caused by your burns, blisters or other injuries.
- Any mental harm caused by worry, embarrassment or depression linked to your injuries.
- Loss of earnings.
- Loss of amenity i.e. how your social life or hobbies are affected.
- Care costs if a loved one had to support you while you recovered.
- The cost of private medical treatment.
- Travel expenses.
- Future loss of earnings for longer-term injuries such as skin cancer.
If your claim is handled by a solicitor from our team, they’ll review it in detail so that they can try and ensure that you’re paid the maximum level of compensation possible.
Potential compensation amounts for burn injuries caused by a tanning bed are as follows:
- £104,830+ compensation where burns cover 40% or more of the body.
- £29,780 – £97,330 where burns have resulted in very severe facial scarring.
- £17,960 – £48,420 where burns have resulted in less severe facial scarring.
- £7,830 – £22,730 where burns result in scarring to a leg/s, arm/s, hand/s, bac, chest.
- £9,110 – £30,090 where burns have resulted in significant facial scarring.
- £3,950 to £13,740 where burns have resulted in less significant facial scarring.
- £1,710 to £3,530 where burns have resulted in minor facial scarring.
For a personal injury claim for sunbed tanning injuries, an independent medical assessment is required to determine your prognosis and the severity of your burns/injuries. Your solicitor will usually book an appointment with a medical expert who’ll examine your injuries, discuss their impact with you and read through your medical notes. After they’ve provided their feedback, your solicitor should be able to offer a more accurate compensation amount for you.
Even if the sunbed salon operator is apologetic at the time you are injured, their insurance company is likely to deny liability for your suffering from the outset. Therefore, you’ll want to get as much evidence as possible to try and prove how you suffered and who was to blame. The following evidence could all improve your chances of being compensated:
- Photographs. If damage to the sunbed you were using caused your injuries, you should take pictures of any visible defects. Similarly, you should take photos of the room in case it can be proven that the salon had not displayed the proper warning signs.
- Witness statements. If anybody else came with you to the salon, you should give their details (with their permission) to your solicitor. They may be able to confirm your version of events and explain what you were told before entering the sunbed room.
- Medical notes. You or your solicitor can ask for copies of your medical records to demonstrate the seriousness of your tanning bed burns. It is therefore always a good idea to visit your GP or a hospital to have any sunbed injuries diagnosed and treated.
- Video recordings. Where the salon uses CCTV cameras, you could ask for a copy of any footage even if it’s just from the waiting area. Your solicitor will review the footage to see if any rules were broken.
- Accident reports. You should always report your injuries to the salon as soon as you can. Legally, they should record them in an accident report book and give you a copy of the report. This would make it difficult for them to deny that the incident happened.
If you are struggling to secure evidence to support your sunbed burns injury claim or would like us to review what you have collected already, please call our team today.
If you’d like to claim compensation for sunbed burns or other injuries, you’ll have 3-years to do so. This will start from:
- The date you were injured when using a sunbed; or
- The date a doctor diagnosed a condition such as skin cancer;
To allow plenty of time for evidence gathering and medical reports to be arranged, we would suggest that you start your claim at the earliest opportunity.
In some cases, where the salon has accepted liability, an early start could allow you to receive interim payments to cover the cost of important cancer treatment at a private hospital.
We can help if you’d like to claim for injuries sustained on a sunbed. The easiest way to begin is to call our team for free advice on 0800 6524 881. Your advisor will explain your options after reviewing your case and could connect you with one of our solicitors.
You won’t need to pay legal fees upfront if your case is accepted because your solicitor will operate on a No Win No Fee basis which should make the process a lot less stressful.
Please use our live chat service or call our advice centre if you’ve any further questions about claiming compensation against a tanning salon for sunbed burns or other injuries.