Waxing is a very popular treatment these days that should leave your skin feeling smooth and exfoliated. For most people, that’s exactly the result that is achieved and they leave the beauty salon or health spa feeling happy. However, negligence during a waxing treatment could potentially leave you with burns, scars or infections and, as a result, you might be looking to claim compensation. If that’s the case, this guide on waxing injury claims should help. We’ll look at the claims process in detail and show you the options available to you.
Our advisors offer a free telephone consultation as well so you can discuss your claim with a specialist. They’ll provide free advice and could refer you to a personal injury solicitor on our team. Importantly, they will act on your behalf on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim goes ahead meaning there won’t be legal fees to pay unless you’re paid compensation.
To speak to us about your claim right away, please call 0800 6524 881 today. Otherwise, please carry on reading to find out more about waxing injury compensation claims.
Table of contents
- What Is Waxing?
- Am I Eligible To Make A Waxing Injury Claim?
- Common Types Of Waxing Injuries
- What Types Of Negligence Can Cause Waxing Injuries?
- Evidence To Support A Waxing Injury Claim
- How Much Compensation For A Waxing Injury Claim?
- Time Limits For Claiming Waxing Injury Compensation
- Starting The Waxing Injury Compensation Claims Process
Waxing is a process of removing unwanted hair from the body. It is performed by placing warm wax on the desired area and then using paper strips to pull that wax and any hair from the body. Some harder waxes do not require paper strips. After successful waxing, the skin should be left feeling m
Usually, hair is removed at the root making the benefits of waxing last longer than simply shaving the area.
Some of the most common waxing procedures include face waxing, eyebrow waxing, bikini line waxing, back waxing, leg waxing, arm waxing, chest waxing and abdomen waxing. Waxing of intimate body parts is also available.
Generally, to be eligible to make a waxing injury claim you’ll need to prove that:
- The esthetician or beauty therapist (the defendant) owed you a legal duty of care; and
- During your waxing treatment, the defendant acted negligently; and
- As a result, you sustained some form of injury.
Of course, you will need to prove exactly what went wrong and how the mistake caused you to suffer. This can be done by supplying substantiating evidence which will explain in more detail later on.
Some of the most common injuries that can be sustained if waxing goes wrong include:
- Allergic reactions. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the wax or other products used during the waxing if precautions aren’t taken which can result in skin irritation, rashes, swelling, or hives.
- Burns. Wax that is too hot or applied incorrectly can cause burns, leading to pain, redness, blistering, and potentially scarring.
- Chemical burns. Certain types of wax or the improper use of waxing products can result in chemical burns, which can be painful and may require seeking medical attention.
- Infections. If the waxing equipment or the salon’s hygiene practices are not up to standard, there may be a risk of developing infections such as folliculitis, cellulitis, or other bacterial or fungal infections
- Skin tearing. Not applying the wax correctly or carelessly removing the wax can lead to the client’s skin tearing, causing pain, bleeding, and potential scarring.
- Emotional distress. Severe or disfiguring waxing injuries can cause significant emotional distress, impacting your self-esteem and overall well-being. In some cases, you may be able to claim compensation for the emotional suffering experienced.
These and other forms of suffering could lead to waxing injury claims. Therefore, please feel free to get in touch even if we’ve not described your injury here.
We should reiterate that you can generally only claim compensation for waxing injuries caused by negligence. Therefore, minor side effects that are known risk factors of waxing treatments would not normally lead to a beauty treatment claim.
Some forms of negligence that may mean you’re eligible to claim compensation for a waxing injury include:
- If the beautician, esthetician or clinician that treated you had not received proper training.
- Where the waxing treatment was carried out in unhygienic conditions.
- If a patch test was not carried out before treatment to check for allergies.
- If you suffered because you were given no or incorrect aftercare advice.
- Where wax was applied too hot.
- If your child (under 16 years old) had an unaccompanied waxing procedure and you hadn’t signed a consent form.
We can help you to check if you’ve got a valid waxing compensation claim as part of a free consultation. Please call us today and explain what happened and we’ll do the rest.
The purpose of any beauty treatment claim is to cover any physical, psychological and financial suffering caused by your injuries. Before you’ll receive a payout though, you will need to present a strong case to the defendant’s insurers to prove how you’ve suffered and who was at fault.
In waxing injury claims, that means you may need to provide:
- Medical records. In all cases, your solicitor could request copies of medical notes relating to the treatment you received to remedy your waxing injuries.
- Photographs. Take clear and detailed photographs of your injuries as soon as possible after the waxing. This visual evidence can help demonstrate the severity of your injuries and any visible damage, such as burns, cuts, or swelling.
- Witness statements. Your solicitor may ask anybody else who was with you at your waxing treatment (friends, family etc), to provide a statement about what happened while you were being treated.
- Correspondence. Keep any written communication you had with the salon or esthetician regarding the waxing. This includes emails, text messages, or letters that discuss the treatment, your injuries, or any attempts to resolve the matter.
- Receipts and bank records. Financial information might be submitted as part of your claim to help you claim for any costs you incurred as a result of your injuries.
When you call, you’ll be asked if you have collected any evidence already. Don’t worry if you haven’t got everything as this is something your solicitor could help with if your claim is taken on.
The beauty therapist who performed your waxing may have asked you to sign a disclaimer or consent form before the waxing procedure took place. You needn’t worry though, as this document will not stop you from claiming compensation for waxing injuries or infections caused as a result of negligence.
Disclaimers or waivers simply prove that you were told about how your treatment would be performed and any risks that were associated with it. Please let us have a copy of any paperwork you signed prior to treatment as it could be used as evidence during the claims process.
The amount of compensation you could receive for a waxing injury claim can vary widely depending on several factors. These factors include the severity of your injuries, the impact of the injuries on your daily life and future prospects, the extent of any scarring or disfigurement, and any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injury.
Therefore, until the full extent of your injuries is properly understood, it’s not possible to state how much compensation for a waxing injury you could claim. Importantly, to help determine the extent of your suffering, you’ll need to have a medical assessment with an independent specialist. However, the meeting is typically arranged for you locally and is generally quite straightforward and nothing to worry about. The report that follows will help your solicitor to determine how much compensation you’ll claim.
In the meantime, our compensation calculator (for general damages) may give you some idea about potential waxing injury compensation levels:
There are other forms of suffering besides any physical suffering that you could also be compensated for. They include:
- Psychological harm, for example, embarrassment, distress, humiliation etc.
- Lost income if your injuries led to time off of work.
- Medical, care and travel costs.
- Loss of enjoyment of your usual activities i.e. if you couldn’t go out with friends or attend a family event because of your injuries.
It’s important to include all aspects of your suffering if you’re to be properly compensated. Therefore, your solicitor will take the time to assess your waxing compensation claim in detail before contacting the beauty salon’s insurers.
To ensure you don’t miss out on any waxing injury compensation you could be entitled to, you’ll need to begin the claims process within a 3-year limitation period. Generally, this will begin on the day of your treatment but could begin later if your injuries were not immediately obvious.
If you need remedial medical treatment, you could request interim compensation payments to pay to have the work done privately. This may be possible before the claim is settled so long as the beauty salon has accepted liability.
It is possible to be compensated for waxing injuries in as little as six months, depending on the specifics of the case. Your solicitor will always try to be efficient but more complex cases can sometimes take longer.
To find out if you might be eligible to make a waxing injury claim, please call 0800 6524 881 for a free no-obligation consultation where your claim will be checked by a specialist and you’ll be offered legal advice about how to proceed.
If your claim is viable, a personal injury solicitor on our team may agree to represent you. You’ll benefit from a No Win No Fee service if that happens which should mean you’ll have a stress-free claim. Legal fees will only need to be paid if compensation is awarded.
To ask us anything else about faulty waxing injury claims, please call us or use our online chat service.