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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

    Importance of having a sterile tattoo environment


    When you are planning to have a tattoo done, it is imperative to choose a tattoo artist who operates within a sterile tattoo environment. Here is why.

    The importance of a sterile tattoo environment

    Tattoos are done with the help of needles pushing ink into the skin. If these needles are not sterile, all kinds of germs could be pushed under your skin in the process. This, of course, could cause very painful tattoo infections and scarring. There is, however, another, potentially life-threatening risk of having a tattoo done in anything less than a sterile tattoo environment. This is the risk of contracting blood-borne infectious diseases.

    Blood-borne infections

    Tattooists must keep their equipment sterile and discard needles after every use to prevent spreading infectious conditions from one customer to the next. In a non-sterile tattoo environment, this may not be done, leaving you open to the risk of contracting any one of several potentially incurable blood-borne infections including:

    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis C
    • Tuberculosis
    • Syphilis
    • HIV/AIDS

    The consequences of these serious conditions make the importance of a sterile tattoo environment very clear.

    Contracted an infection

    If you contracted a tattoo parlour infection within the last 36 months because your tattooist did not use new, sterile equipment on you, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Your medical records will be essential as supporting evidence for a claim, so make sure you seek medical assistance as soon as you suspect that you may have been infected.

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    What to do next

    Having ensured your tattoo infection is correctly diagnosed, treated and recorded within your medical records, you will need to secure the expert help of an injury solicitor. Our Accident Advice Helpline team of in-house legal experts has over 15 years of experience in handling claims like yours. Enlist their help by speaking to one of our helpline advisors today.

    What to expect

    The advisor answering your call will ask you a few questions to confirm your claim eligibility and assess your chance of making a successful claim. Any details you provide at this point will be kept strictly confidential. Having done this, the advisor will offer you the no-win, no-fee services of our in-house lawyers. While you are under no obligation to take us up on this offer, we highly recommend taking this action.

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    To learn more and/or enlist our help, pick up the phone and call us on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 now.

    Date Published: February 19, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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