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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can you sue if a massage leads to an injury getting worse?


    If a massage leads to an injury or makes an existing injury worse, then it’s important to know your rights regarding injury compensation.

    After all, people typically go for a massage for one of three reasons:

    1. Therapeutic relaxation
    2. Injury rehabilitation
    3. Recovery from sports activity

    Therefore, having a massage lead to an injury can be a frustrating, not to mention a painful experience.

    What are my compensation rights if a massage leads to an injury?

    In the same way, you are entitled to medical negligence compensation for botched surgery or mistreatment of illnesses and injuries, you can also make a claim if a massage leads to an injury.

    There are many different types of massage available. The ones that are most likely to cause or aggravate injuries include:

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    • Deep tissue massages
    • Sports massages
    • Trigger point therapy
    • Thai massage – especially walking on the patient’s back

    How can a massage lead to an injury?

    The main ways getting a massage can lead to an injury include:

    • Insufficient training or supervision of new staff leading to mistakes
    • Defective equipment, such as beds collapsing
    • Failure to record or take note of a patient’s medical history
    • Failure to clean and sanitise the massage beds, chairs and any other equipment used

    If the actions and behaviour of the massage parlour or masseuse fall below professional standards set by the industry, then you will have a case for injury compensation.

    Making a claim

    The success of most personal injury claims is dependent on three main criteria:

    1. The accident occurred or the injury was caused within the last three years
    2. A medical professional has confirmed that the injuries were a result of the accident or medical negligence
    3. The liability for the injury or illness lies with a third party

    A massage that leads to an injury will usually tick all three of the above boxes. Poor technique or an unawareness of the patient’s existing physical state will, at the very least, exacerbate existing injuries.

    If you have had an injury caused through a bad massage or another form of medical negligence, Accident Advice Helpline are here. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and have over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims. Call our expert advisors today for a no-obligation chat to get started. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. You can also take our 30-second online test to determine your claims eligibility.

    Date Published: March 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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