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