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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 I claim for a piercing infection?


    Any treatment that breaks the skin carries the risk of infection. If you feel that your piercing was not performed correctly and has caused medical problems, you might think to yourself, “Can I claim for a piercing infection?” At Accident Advice Helpline, we are experienced in the field of personal injury compensation. Call us on 0800 180 4123, seven days a week for expert advice.

    Safe piercing

    There are some important safety concerns that need to be considered before undertaking any type of body-art procedures, such as piercings or tattoos. Firstly, most local councils keep a register of approved piercers who have met safety and hygiene standards and who are regularly checked out by health and safety officers. Studios must have public liability insurance to cover accident or injury claims and must display a certificate in their premises. When a claim is brought the insurers will investigate and pay out any successful claim, irrespective of the status of the business. If you have suffered an injury after having a piercing contact one of our specialist team at Accident Advice Helpline who will advise you on whether or not you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.

    Risk of injury

    There is a wide range of body piercings available, tongue and lips, eyebrows, the navel, nipples and even genitals. Each piercing carries its own set of risks and the more sensitive the area of the body pierced, the higher the risk of an infection. Bacterial infection is a big issue if an injury occurs as a result of having a piercing. An infection can cause an abscess and lead to septicaemia or toxic shock; however, there is also the risk of damaging the blood vessels that can cause blood loss. You should first seek medical advice from your doctor if you have an infection or any other medical problem as a result of a body piercing.

    Care for your piercing

    Make sure that you have followed the advice given by your piercer about how to best care for your new piercing. Keep it clean, dry and away from infection, even keeping records of your care plan. The more you can prove that you have followed good practice, the more chance any claim you make will be successful.

    How to claim

    In conclusion, it is safe to say that, in the majority of cases, the answer to your question, “Can I claim for piercing infection?” is likely to be yes. However, it will be helpful to the claims process if you have as much information as possible. For example, take photographs of the infection site and record details of when and where the injury occurred. You will also need to provide us with contact details of your piercer and the names and addresses of any witnesses. Finally, it is essential that you have a medical treatment report, which means you must have consulted a doctor or visited a hospital in order to have your injuries treated.

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    Accident Advice Helpline’s staff will ask you how the infection developed and make an assessment of your chance of making a successful compensation claim. If we feel your case is strong enough we will allocate you the best lawyer available. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 180 4123 now.

    Date Published: February 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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