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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

    In focus: Compensation for hair damage


    In focus: Compensation for hair damage

    Women around the world regularly visit hairdressing salons for a wide range of treatments to ‘beautify’ their hair. Unfortunately, these treatments are not without risk and can lead to hair damage.

    Toxic chemicals

    Dyes, bleaches and tinting agents all contain toxic chemicals which, if mixed or applied improperly or left on the scalp for too long, can cause severe chemical burns leading to hair falling out, scarring of the scalp and more. In addition, many women are allergic to some of the chemicals used. Unless a strand test is carried out, an allergic reaction could not only lead to baldness, blistering and swelling, but potentially even death.

    Heated appliances

    Hair dryers, hair straightening equipment and other items can, if heated too much or handled incorrectly, be responsible for causing the hair to dry out too much and fall out, as well as burns to the face, scalp and neck.

    Extensions

    Hair extensions (which typically involve use of adhesive agents requiring sealing into place through heat) can occasionally cause extensive damage to a customer’s hair and scalp. Baldness and traction alopecia are also known to be among the personal injuries caused by hair extensions.

    Typical accidents

    The most common accidents in hair styling establishments, apart from slips, trips and falls, are:

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    • Allergic reactions to toxic chemicals within styling products
    • Baldness and burns inflicted on customers through poor preparation or misapplication of products
    • Cuts through stylists slipping with their scissors

    Dermatitis and dermatitis-related hair loss are also fairly common. Victims of such hairdressing accidents not only suffer the pain of an injury, but often also have to cope with the trauma of sometimes prolonged partial disfiguration.

    What to do if you were injured

    If you suffered any of the described or similar injuries in a hair styling accident, you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation. This obviously also applies to injuries by slipping, tripping or falling at the hairdresser’s salon. The first step you should take is to confirm your claim eligibility. To do this, call Accident Advice Helpline or visit our website and fill in the 30-second test.

    What happens next

    Once your claim for eligibility is confirmed, you will be offered the no win no fee* services of this law firm’s experienced legal team. The solicitor assigned to your case will then deal with all aspects of the case on your behalf (often predominantly over the phone) and may even be able to reach a settlement without having to go to court (this can, however, not be guaranteed). Just call 0800 689 0500 to get started.

    Date Published: February 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.