Most tattoo artists in the UK are not just highly talented, they are also extremely meticulous in their work habits. They understand the risks involved if something goes wrong and they go to great lengths to ensure that they adhere to all guidelines while carrying out any inking procedure. Sometimes, however, things can and do go wrong. In the majority of cases, tattoo injuries usually occur when the procedure is carried out by an untrained tattoo artist or a tattooist who chose to ignore the proper hygiene protocols.
You may be eligible to file a tattoo compensation claim if you have suffered an injury while getting inked or during a tattoo removal procedure, and if the injury was due to the tattooist’s mistake or negligence.
Common Causes Of Tattoo Compensation Claims
Some of the most common tattoo injuries that people may make a tattoo compensation claim for include:
- Severe bruising or bleeding;
- Allergic reactions;
These tattoo injuries may occur because of any one or more of these reasons:
- The procedure was performed with a reused needle;
- The artist did not use a new needle and the reused needle was not properly sterilised;
- The tattooist did not sterilise their hands before carrying out the procedure;
- The ink contained contaminated chemicals;
- The tattoo salon did not take care to review your medical history to determine your risk of having an allergic reaction;
- The salon itself was not clean, which contaminated the tattoo site;
- The tattooist had a transmittable disease or illness.
What Are A Tattoo Artist’s Responsibilities?
Tattoo artists have a legal duty of care to their clients. The law has laid out ‘minimum standards of care’ that all tattoo salons are required to adhere to. These regulations are in place to protect both, the tattooist and their clients.
So what exactly are these regulations and what should you expect when you go to a tattoo parlour?
Before The Tattoo Procedure
Before doing anything else, the tattooist should verify that you are over 18 years of age. Tattooing a minor is illegal and the offence lies with the tattooist.
If you are over the age of 18, they should then ask you a list of medical questions to determine whether or not you are at any risk. For example if you are allergic to any of the chemicals used, then you may be considered unsuitable for getting a tattoo.
If you’ve passed the first two ‘tests’, the tattoo artist should then proceed to inform you about the possible risks associated with the procedure, after which they can then proceed to get your informed consent for the procedure.
During The Tattoo Procedure
During the tattoo procedure, the tattooist must observe all health and safety procedures as mandated by the law. This includes:
- Ensuring that the surroundings and all the equipment used are spotlessly clean and dust-free;
- Wearing disposable latex gloves during the entire procedure;
- Using a new, sterile on every customer;
- Providing detailed after-care advice.
After The Tattoo Procedure
Yes, according to the law, a tattoo artist’s responsibilities do not end after the tattoo is complete. They are also responsible for extending after-care to their customers, which includes following up with you and make sure you are adhering to their aftercare advice and that the tattoo site is healing well.
Did your tattooist fail in their duty of care and did their mistake or negligence result in a tattoo injury? In that case you should explore your right to make a tattoo compensation claim for your injuries.
You’ve Suffered A Tattoo Injury – Now What?
If something goes wrong after a tattoo procedure, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with the tattoo salon and inform them in writing about the nature of your injury. The earlier you inform them, the better. If you let too much time pass by before giving them written notice, it gives the tattoo salon owner a chance to claim that your injuries may have been caused by some other factors and have nothing to do with the tattoo procedure. This may weaken your tattoo compensation claim.
It’s equally important to seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. Regardless of anything else, you need to get your injuries treated by a qualified doctor.
Get in touch with a personal injury solicitor to help you with your tattoo compensation claim. Filing a compensation claim is complicated at best especially if you’re not familiar with personal injury law. You will have to prove that the tattoo salon failed in their duty of care and that is what caused your injuries. This is not always as straightforward as it sounds and you can expect the tattooist’s insurance company to put up a tough fight. This is where an experienced personal injury solicitor can help you.
No Win No Fee Tattoo Compensation Claims
A No Win No Fee claim is a type of legal agreement that allows you to make a tattoo compensation claim without any financial risk. Most personal injury solicitors offer this to clients to help them get compensation for their injuries without worrying about paying any legal fees upfront. Essentially you are only liable to cover the legal expenses if you win the case and receive compensation. In the event that you lose the case, you are not liable to pay anything. This No Win No Fee agreement ensures that your right to compensation is protected without taking any risks. However, as agreements may vary it is important you ask any solicitor you might claim through exactly what charges you will be expected to pay.
Another advantage of having a personal injury solicitor to represent you in a tattoo compensation claim is that they will make sure that the claim is filed before the 3-year statute of limitations. This gives you one less thing to worry about. Instead of spending the time on legal formalities, you can take the time to recover from your injuries, knowing that your legal rights are being taken care of by an expert in the field.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with a solicitor about a tattoo compensation claim please contact us today.