Beauty products have come a long way, and cosmetic surgery and treatments are increasing in popularity. Countless burn victims or accident survivors have benefitted from the procedures; men and women of all ages turn to beauticians and specialists in order to feel better about themselves. But there’s a darker side to the beauty industry. With the rise in hair and beauty treatments also came a rise in the number of people who have been injured by the procedures – by the tools, the chemicals, and the operators. There are people who have suffered physical injury or psychological distress. Here’s your guide to cosmetic and beauty treatment injuries – and how to claim compensation.
When surgery or treatment goes wrong
There are many ways surgery or treatment can go wrong. It could result from a misunderstanding on what the final result should be, from a slip of the knife or from inadequate aftercare. Most of the time, however, it’s because the body doesn’t respond to foreign objects, allergies, and medicine, or is unable to heal correctly. Here are some of the major causes of compensation claims from surgery:
- Breast enlargement/reduction
- Brow lifts
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Laser procedures
It’s not only surgery and some types of treatment that can go wrong. Often the seemingly simplest of procedures can take a nasty turn. Staff that is not properly trained, chemicals that are used in a way they shouldn’t be, malfunctioning equipment – all these are common causes for accidents that leave the victim with an injury. Here are some examples:
- Scalp damage, burns or loss of hair due to hair dye, bleach, or a whole range of other chemicals
- Equipment burns (hair dryers, straightening irons, curling tongs)
- Tanning bed burns
- Allergic reactions
- Cuts and infections from scissors, razors, manicure equipment
Prevention first, claim later
It’s important that all products are used according to manufacturer specifications, all personnel are well-trained and follow proper procedures, and equipment is checked regularly for maintenance. That’s how accidents are usually prevented. However, if you have been a victim, it’s important to report it immediately, and make a compensation claim to avoid these things happening ever again.
What makes these types of injuries so awful is that they usually don’t just involve physical wounding, burning or deformation, but also tremendous stress and psychological torment. When a beauty procedure goes wrong and the person ends up with unwanted consequences, both the physical and psychological scarring can run deep. If you have ever been a victim of cosmetic surgery injury or beauty treatment wounds or burns, you have the right to seek legal help and claim compensation.