Body Piercing Compensation Claims Guide – How Much Can I Claim? – How To Claim For Negligence?

By Fern Easton. Last Updated 22nd February  2021. Welcome to our guide on body piercing claims. On this page, you will find a full and detailed guide designed to help anyone who might need to make a body piercing compensation claim. If you have suffered long-term side effects from having a piercing done, such as permanent scarring and disfigurement, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim. This guide will help you learn about the process of doing so.

If you would rather not read this guide and move straight forward to making a compensation claim, you can call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now, and we will begin assisting you in claiming compensation for a body piercing that has gone wrong.

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A Guide To Body Piercing Injury Claims

 body piercing compensation and body piercing claimsBody piercing is a cosmetic procedure whereby the patient has some form of jewellery inserted into their body by piercing the location the jewellery needs to be affixed to. Common piercing locations are the ears, nose, tongue, eyebrows, nipples and genitals. For most people, body piercing is a fairly painless procedure with no side effects. However, for a small number of people, a body piercing can lead to infections, which in themselves can leave nasty permanent scars.

If you have suffered due to a badly done body piercing, then this guide is for you. Within it, you will learn all about the process of making a compensation claim for a bad piercing. It includes information such as:

  • A discussion of how common accidents that lead to a bad body piercing are.
  • Information on the main health risks that a person faces when they decide to have a body piercing done.
  • A list of the most common forms of negligence that could lead to a person being injured either by a body piercing or through a subsequent infection of the pierced area.
  • An answer to the question, can a parent claim compensation for a child’s body piercing?
  • Information on claiming personal injury compensation for an infection that was caused by unclean instruments or unhygienic conditions during a body piercing.
  • A brief overview of where you stand if you decide that you don’t like your body piercing once it has been done.
  • Information on what options you have for claiming compensation if you find that you are allergic to the jewellery that was used for the body piercing.
  • A step by step list of things you should do to make a body piercing compensation claim, as well as information on what to do to start your claim.
  • Data related to the typical amounts of compensation that people receive for body piercing related injuries. We also introduce the Accident Claims UK No Win No Fee claims service at this stage and explain why we believe this is the best way to make a claim.

If, once you have finished reading this guide to body piercing claims, you have more questions, or need additional information, then please contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we will do our very best to help you.

How Common Are Body Piercings And Accidents?

Body piercing is a very common form of cosmetic procedure, popular with a number of social groups. The following statistics depict this:

  • One in ten people in the UK has some form of body piercing.
  • 46% of females in the 16 to 24-year-old age group have one or more body piercings.
  • 31% of all people who have had a body piercing had some form of complication set in after the procedure had taken place.

The Top 10 Most Common Body Piercings

  1. Industrial piercings – usually in the top of the ear of the bridge of the nose, these are serious piercings through tough cartilage and sometimes bone.
  2. Helix piercings – these are made in the upper part of the ear, through the cartilage. Usually, several piercings are made in a row.
  3. Conch piercings – through the earlobe with a ring circling the outside of the earlobe.
  4. Rook piercings – of the tough cartilage inside the ear.
  5. Naval piercings – of the bellybutton either to insert a stud or a bar.
  6. Bite piercings – to insert a stud into the flesh just below the lower lip.
  7. Labret piercings – of the lower lip so that a hoop can be inserted that rings the lip.
  8. Nipple piercings – insertion of a bar in one or both nipples.
  9. Nose piercings – insertion of a bent bar through the centre of the nostrils.
  10. Tongue piercings – insertion of a straight bar or a stud in the centre of the tongue.

If you need a personal injury lawyer to make a body piercing claim, then Accident Claims UK can help you. Call us at the number at the bottom of this guide to find out how.

What Are The Most Common Risks Of Body Piercings?

A study in the British Medical Journal looked at the prevalence of body piercings other than the earlobe and the risks associated with these piercings. They found that:

  • Around 27.5% of piercings reported complications, with further help being sought for problems 12.9% of the time.
  • The most common kind of complications with piercings belonging to those in the 16-24 age group were swelling, infection and bleeding.
  • The most problematic piercing sites were the tongue (50%), genitals (45%) and nipples (38%). People were most likely to seek medical attention for piercings of the genitals (45%), nipples (25%) and tongue (24%).
  • Piercings that were done in settings other than a specialist tattoo shop were more likely to cause complications resulting in medical attention being sought (22% of non-specialist piercings compared to 14% of specialist piercings)

If you believe that you have a valid reason to claim body piercing accident compensation, then call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this guide so we can assist you.

[Source:https://www.bmj.com/content/336/7658/1426]

What Are The Most Common Types Of Negligence Leading To Body Piercing Injuries?

When it comes to a negligent beauty treatment, including having body piercings done, there are a number of ways that negligence occurs that are more common than others, and these are:

  • Failing to keep a hygienic workplace and maintain properly sterilised tools, instruments and equipment.
  • Accidents such as slipping and injuring a person while piercing them or putting the piercing in the wrong place.
  • Failing to inform a person of the proper care of a recent body piercing, leading to complications.
  • Failing to inform a person about potential allergies that the jewellery they have chosen could bring out.

These are the most common forms of negligence with regard to body piercings. There are more, so call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of the page if your own situation doesn’t slot into this list.

Can I Make A Body Piercing Claim On Behalf Of A Child?

Under UK law, a person must be 18 years old or over to make their own decisions about any cosmetic procedures they wish to have done, including body piercings. Therefore, if your child is younger than 18-years old and a piercing salon has gone ahead and pierced them without your consent, you will be able to make a body piercing claim against the salon operator.

Contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this guide, so we can help you make a piercing claim against a salon that has pierced your child without your consent.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Body Piercing Infection Injury?

If you have suffered a body piercing infection injury, then as long as it can be proven that the salon was the cause of the infection, you will have a valid route to making a compensation claim.

Infections can be caused by many causes, the most common being:

  • Imperfectly sterilised tools, instruments and equipment.
  • The person performing the piercing procedure failing to meet minimum hygiene standards such as washing their hands before performing the piercing.
  • A generally unhygienic salon that is a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you have suffered an infection following a body piercing, and you believe the salon itself was the cause, then contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can help you claim the compensation you are eligible to.

Can I Make A Body Piercing Claim If I Lose Feeling In The Area Around My Piercing?

The ability to claim compensation if body piercing goes wrong and causes loss of feeling in the location of the piercing will depend on whether it can be proven the salon was at fault.

For example, if the salon accidentally pierces a nerve by mistake, leading to numbness, then there is clearly a valid reason to make a claim. However, if the numbness occurred at a later stage, it could be argued that your own actions, such as failing to keep the piercing clean, or fiddling with the piercing too much before it had healed, could have been the cause.

In many cases, you will need to get an expert medical opinion to support your claim and prove liability. Accident Claims UK can arrange for you to get a local medical examination, the results of which would form such a medical opinion. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to arrange a local examination.

Can I Claim Compensation If I Am Unhappy With My Piercing?

Generally, you will not be able to claim compensation for your body piercing if you simply don’t like it once it has been done. It was your decision to have the piercing done, and only your judgment is to blame if you do not like it.

However, if the piercing has been made in error; for example, it was in the wrong position, then you could be able to claim. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this guide, and we can let you know whether we think you have a valid reason to make a claim because you don’t like your body piercing.

Can I Claim Compensation If I Am Allergic To The Jewelry Used?

In order to make a botched body piercing injury claim for a piercing that has led to an allergic reaction, you would need to prove that the salon is liable.

For example, you would need to prove that the salon failed to ask you about any allergies you have or failed to identify the metal the jewellery was made of correctly and accidentally fitting a piece made from a metal you are allergic too.

Proving liability in these cases is always going to be a complex challenge, one that Accident Claims UK can help you overcome. Call us on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can help you claim compensation for an allergic reaction to a piece of body jewellery.

What Steps Should I Take If I Have A Body Piercing Injury Or Infection?

First of all, you need to know that there is a personal injury claims time limit, usually 2 years from the time the incident took place, in which you are allowed to make a claim. The steps you can take to expedite your claim are as follows:

  • Take photographs of your piercing – if it is infected, take daily photographs, so the severity of the infection can clearly be seen. Once the infection is over, take photographs of any scarring you are left with.
  • Gather information about the salon if you can – this includes the name of the owner, the name of the person who performed your piercing, etc.
  • Document any financial losses – for example, if you have missed time off work or had to pay prescription charges or travel expenses.
  • Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this guide to begin your claim.

How Do I Start A Body Piercing Accident Compensation Claim?

Starting a claim for body piercing accident compensation is very straightforward. The No Win No Fee personal injury claims service operated by Accident Claims UK is simple to understand. When you call us, we will ask you questions about your injury, such as:

  • When and where did the piercing take place?
  • When did the infection or other medical problem arise?
  • Have you seen a doctor about the problem?
  • Have you suffered any form of financial loss due to your injury?

Once we have asked a serious of questions similar to those above, we will then have a good picture of your claims case and will be able to advise you on what we believe your next legal move should be.

What Can You Include In Your Body Piercing Accident Compensation Claim?

All piercing claims will consist of two main types of damages. General damages and special damages, which can be defined thus:

  • General damages – under this category, we find all of the physical aspects of the injury taken into consideration. This includes the initial pain and suffering, as well as any long-term or permanent effects. It also covers mental trauma and anguish.
  • Special damages – under this category, we find all of the non-physical aspects of the injury taken into consideration. This covers financial losses such as medical costs, travel expenses, loss of earnings, etc. It also covers additional losses such as the lowered chance of employment or limits placed upon your chosen career due to the injury.

If you would like to know what type of damages you can claim for your body piercing claim, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we can advise you.

How Much Compensation Can I Get If My Body Piercing Goes Wrong?

Although it is hard to give an accurate idea of just how much compensation you might receive, the table below gives some ballpark figure for typical injuries caused by a botched body piercing:

InjurySeverityNotesCompensation
Facial scarring Trivial ScarringVery light scarring that is only visible face to face.£1,600 to £3,310
Less Significant ScarringScarring that is clearly visible when standing close.£3,710 to £12,900
Significant ScarringScarring that is clearly visible to the person speaking to you.£8,550 to £28,240
Less Severe ScarringScarring that is clearly visible to anyone in the same room.£16,860 to £45,440
Very Severe ScarringScarring that is clearly visible to anyone at a distance.£27,940 to £91,350
Body scarring SevereScarring anywhere on the body, which is visible from a distance.£7,350 to £21,330
MinorScarring anywhere on the body, which is visible to anyone you are talking to.£2,220 to £7,350

For a more accurate estimate of how much you might claim, call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this guide.

No Win No Fee Piercing Injury Compensation Claims

Here at Accident Claims UK, we offer our claims service as the best way to make a No Win No Fee body piercing injury claim. Under our No Win No Fee deal, you will gain access to a personal injury solicitor who will help you make your claim. You pay nothing to begin your claim, and you won’t be charged any ongoing costs, no matter how long your claim takes. If we fail to win your claim, then you still pay nothing at all. However, once you do receive a compensation payout for your botched body piercing, we will then ask you to pay our fees.

Why Make Your Negligent Beauty Treatment Claim With Us?

The personal injury claims service operated by Accident Claims UK is simple, effective and financially risk-free. A perfect way to make a compensation claim for a botched body piercing without any financial outlay.

We have over three decades of experience in winning significant compensation payments for our clients across a wide range of cases. We have the knowledge and expertise required to ensure you have the best chance of winning your claim.

Contact Accident Claims UK Today

If you are ready to make a compensation claim for a body piercing that has gone wrong, call us on 0800 073 8801 now. Once we know a little about your claim, we will offer you some free legal advice on what we think you should do next.

Body piercing compensation- FAQs

How much could I claim in compensation for a body piercing gone wrong? 

It’s extremely difficult for anyone to put a value on a personal injury claim without collecting all the information. Your compensation amount will depend on the injuries you’re sustained as a result of your piercing. It’ll be decided based on the type of injures you’ve sustained, how severe they are and how long they’re likely to affect you. You’ll also receive special damages, which will cover you for any expenses you’ve incurred like loss of earnings or travel expenses.

What should I do if I suffer from a body piercing injury?

If you think that your body piercing is causing you some issues, then you should seek medical advice right away. A doctor will be able to confirm if your injury is a result of your piercing or other external factors. If you think that you have an infection in your piercing, it’s advised to speak to a doctor instead of the person who performed the piercing, as they’re not a medical professional and so are unable to provide a diagnosis.

Can I make a claim for infection or injury caused by bad aftercare? 

When you get a body piercing, one of the most common things that can go wrong is infection. This can be caused by a variety of things, from an unclean studio or equipment to bad aftercare techniques.

If your piercing has become infected because you’ve failed to look after it properly once you’ve had it done, then you may not be able to claim compensation as there’s no duty of care that has been breached. However, you may be able to claim if you were given incorrect aftercare advice by your piercer, and got an infection as a result.

Useful Links

At the link below, you will find information published by the NHS covering scars and how they are caused:

NHS information on scars

At the link below, you will find information published by the NHS covering infections and how they are caused:

NHS information on infections

At the link below, you will find a document that was studied by the UK Government with a view to tackling the problem of botched body piercings:

UK Government document on piercing guidance

At the link below, you’ll find information on making a claim following a needlestick injury:

Needlestick injury compensation 

If you’ve suffered an injury that’s left you with a permanent scar, then our guide below could help you make a claim:

Permanent scar claims 

Have you been injured while undergoing a beauty treatment? If so, read our guide below for advice on the next steps in claiming:

Beauty treatment claims 

Thank you for reading our guide on body piercing claims.