Many people enjoy a trip to the hairdressers, as it is often considered a way to treat yourself. A visit to the hairdressers is normally considered as an act of self-care, and negligent treatment is the last thing you’d expect. However, there are unfortunate circumstances in which a trip to the hairdresser could result in a burnt scalp, creating an unenjoyable and painful experience.
In the event you have experienced a burnt scalp due to the negligence of a hairdresser, then you might be wondering ‘’can I sue my hairdresser for burning my scalp?’’ Within this online guide, it aims to outline the different ways in which a personal injury solicitor from our panel could be of service. Here at Accident Claims UK, we understand that a burn injury, whether this is in relation to a burnt scalp after bleach or a burnt scalp due to a hairdryer, is extremely unfortunate and painful experiences for anyone to encounter.
Our solicitors are well versed in personal injury law, which means that they could provide you with legal support, guidance, and advice. If at any point within this online guide you become confused or have questions regarding the claims process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. Our friendly advisors are more than happy to speak with you and discuss your potential claim in greater detail.
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- A Guide To Claims Against Hairdressers For Burning Your Scalp
- What Are Burnt Scalp Injuries?
- Hairdresser Bleach Burn And Burnt Scalp Symptoms
- Treating A Burnt Scalp Injury
- Hairdresser Bleach Burn Injury Claims
- Hairdresser Hair Dye Burn Injury Claims
- What Steps Should I Take If Burnt By A Hairdresser?
- What Could My Hairdresser Bleach Burn Injury Compensation Claim Include?
- Hairdresser Bleach Burn And Burnt Scalp Injury Compensation Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Claims Against Hairdressers For Burnt Scalp Injuries
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This is an online guide for those who have been affected by a burnt scalp at the hairdressers and wish to make a claim for compensation. When visiting a hairdresser, whether you are visiting to have a haircut or to have your haired dyed, it is understandable to expect a certain level of quality. After all, many people consider a trip to the hairdresser a joyous and exciting time. However, there are unfortunate circumstances when a hairdresser could deviate from their obligations, and as a result, they could inflict a burn-related injury onto their customer. If that is the case and you’ve been injured by a hairdresser, then you could have grounds to make a burn injury claim.
A hairdresser could inflict a burnt scalp injury onto a customer that is a direct result of;
- Hair Dye
- Hair Dryers
- Curling Irons
- Hair Straightening Tools
So if you have been injured due to the negligence of a hairdresser that has resulted in a burn-related injury, then this online guide could be extremely useful. Within this guide, it will break down the different causes of burns, the symptoms, and how our solicitors could assist you in pursuing a compensation claim. If at any point within this article you become confused or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. They can discuss your potential claim in greater length and provide you with free legal advice.
In simple terms, a burnt scalp is an injury that is inflicted on to the skin of the scalp and other tissue in the surrounding area, the level of injury will be determined by which degree of flesh is affected. In some cases, people who experience a burnt scalp encounter this type of injury due to products such as bleach, hair dye, or an electrical product such as a curling iron or straighteners. To avoid injuries of this nature within a professional environment, Gov.uk states that hairdressing salons are required to;
- Make sure that the premises are clean, well lit, and well ventilated.
- Perform precautions to help combat infect or contamination.
- Ensure that the staff within the salon work hygienically and use the equipment safely.
- Get public liability insurance cover.
In certain circumstances, an injury of this nature has the potential to cause a burn which leads to an infection, which could have outcomes ranging from minor to severe. Damage to the hair, specifically a burn-related injury has the ability to affect the hair follicle, which could stunt hair growth. In certain circumstances, a severe burn may require the affected individual to undergo a skin graft to attempt to reverse the damage that has been inflicted.
In order to prevent such an injury from occurring, a hairdresser should perform a ‘’patch test.’’ This procedure will identify whether you are allergic or irritated by the product, ensuring it is safe to use. A hairdresser should always perform a patch test to prevent any sinister reactions.
Prior to any treatment where bleach or hair dye is involved, your hairdresser should perform a patch test. This is a very simple process, as the hairdresser will place a small amount of the product onto the elbow or behind the ear to check of allergens. This process should be done at least 48 hours prior to dying the hair. This method will ensure that you are not allergic to the products that will be used to treat your hair, confirming that it is safe to use them. If a hairdresser fails to perform a patch test, then it could result in a burnt scalp. However, that isn’t the only way a burnt scalp could be caused.
There are many ways a burnt scalp and hair damage could be inflicted, and as a result, there is a mixture of burnt scalp symptoms that you could experience. The NHS stated that a burn could inflict a variety of symptoms, ranging from blisters, soreness, dry skin, and scabs. The NHS also identified that there are four main types of burns that people experience. This includes;
- Superficial epidermal burns – this is where the epidermis and part of the dermis are damaged. Because of this injury, your skin will be pale pink and extremely painful. There may also be small blisters.
- Deep dermal or partial burns – this is where the epidermis and the dermis are damaged, causing your skin to turn extremely red and blotched. An injury of this nature may also make your skin dry or moist, swollen, blistered, and in some circumstances, it could be extremely painful.
- Full-thickness burn – this is where all three layers of the skin (the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis) are extremely damaged. The skin could be burnt away, leaving the tissue underneath with an extremely pale or blackened appearance. An injury of this nature may also make your skin dry and white, or brown and black with no blisters. The texture of this type of injury could be deemed leathery or waxy.
If you have been to the hairdressers and have experienced a burn injury, then you might be wondering how long does it take for a scalp burn to heal? Unfortunately, there is no uniform timeframe for the recovery process, as every injury is unique to the person. If you experience a reaction due to hair dye or bleach, it could be considered contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis has many signs, such as redness, flaking skin, pain, and itchiness. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are two types of dermatitis. This includes irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. As a result of dermatitis, you may experience a variety of symptoms, which means the treatment you require could vary. Therefore, it is always recommended that you visit a GP.
Although there isn’t a specific timeframe in relation to the recovery process, the NHS has provided some steps that could be extremely beneficial. They state that the best way to treat a burn and scald is to;
- Immediately remove the heat source /walk away from the heat source
- Cool the burn with lukewarm water (place the affected area underwater for 20 minutes)
- Remove any clothing or jewellery surrounding the area of the burn
- Ensure that the person remains warms
- Covering the burn (ideally with a layer of cling film)
- In the event you experience a burn on your face or eye, you should remain upright (to reduce swelling)
- If you’ve been burnt due to an acid or a chemical burn, then you should immediately dial 999
You might be wondering if it’s normal for a scalp to burn when bleaching your hair, and the answer is complex. The NHS identified that the hair dying process, especially bleaching, could cause mild irritation to the scalp. This reaction is primarily related to a chemical within the bleach that is called paraphenylenediamine (PPD). Some people may experience mild irritations to bleach (such as redness) that isn’t life-threatening or considered a negligent act. However, some people could experience extremely severe reactions to bleach that could be a concerning issue. If that is the case and a serious reaction occurs, then the hairdresser should wash the bleach out immediately and respond to the reaction quickly. However, if they fail to react appropriately and effectively, then you could be left with a burnt scalp and hair damage.
Bleach could inflict onto the customer a variety of damages, and the recovery process could include lengthy periods of medical treatment. In the moments where another party such as a hairdresser is at fault, then you might be wondering if you could make a claim? If you have experienced a burnt scalp due to bleach, the injuries it could inflict might have a serious effect on your health and well-being. Not only could a burnt scalp cause physical injury, but it could affect your psychological well-being. An injury of this nature has the possibility to impose on your day to day life, as you may experience anxiety and insecurity. In drastic cases, a severe burn injury may require treatment or correctional surgery to redeem the damages inflicted. If that is the case, then you could have grounds to make a hairdresser injury compensation claim.
You might be wondering if you have grounds to pursue a claim for compensation if a hairdresser burnt your scalp from hair dye. Some products such as hair dye could include an ingredient that many could be allergic to, and one of the most common is paraphenylenediamine (PPD). In order to combat allergic reactions that have a severe impact, a hairdresser should perform a patch test on the skin 48 hours ahead of time. A failure to do so could result in a serious outcome, as the patient could be heavily allergic. In the event a hairdresser fails to test for allergies, it could result in an anaphylactic shock. Some signs of an anaphylactic shock include;
- Red rash
- Feeling faint
- The swelling of areas such as eyes, lips, hands, and feet
- Breathing difficulties due to the swelling of the mouth and throat
If you are at the hairdressers and begin to experience any of these symptoms, then it could be the early signs of an anaphylactic shock. If that is the case, then you should alert the hairdresser and dial the emergency services straight away.
If you have experienced a burnt scalp from hair dye, bleach, or an appliance while at the hairdressers, then you might be wondering if you could make a claim for hairdresser injury compensation. In order to make a claim of this nature, there are many factors that need to be considered. If you wish to pursue a burnt scalp compensation claim, then you will be required to document your injury. To do so, you must;
- Get an overall prognosis from a medical professional.
- Write down (in detail) what happened within the salon. For example, did the hairdresser perform a patch test before using the products? Were they misusing a heated tool?
- Take photographs of the injured area.
- Write down the list of symptoms you’ve experienced and try to document them the best you can. For example, if the symptoms began at the salon, what did you say and how did the hairdresser respond?
It is completely understandable to be confused regarding your legal position after an injury. The claims process can appear daunting, as personal injury is an intricate part of the law. There are many aspects that can be taken into consideration when making a claim for compensation. Below, you will find examples of the aspects you could claim compensation for.
Damage To Hair And Scalp
You could claim compensation for the damage a hairdresser has inflicted. This could include the damage of hair, the burning to the scalp, or the temporary and permanent loss of hair.
You could have grounds to make a claim if you encounter medical expenses due to your injury. Although you will receive free healthcare through the NHS, you could claim for medical expenses such as prescriptions, equipment, medicine, and future expenses.
Loss Of Potential Earnings
You could have grounds to make a claim for loss of earnings if you were unable to work due to the injuries you experienced. The loss of potential earnings could be factored into your claim for compensation as well as any time off you’ll require in order to heal.
Pain And Suffering
It is highly likely that you have experienced pain and suffering due to a burnt scalp. If that is the case and you pursue a claim for compensation, the amount of compensation you could be entitled too will vary depending on the degree of pain you are in and the suffering you have experienced.
You may also have grounds to make a claim if you’ve experienced psychological damage due to a burn injury. In severe cases, the damage to the hair could result in hair loss, which could impact your confidence, cause depression, PTSD, and anxiety. If that is the case, then you could make a claim for the psychological suffering you’ve experienced.
If you have been affected by the negligence of a hairdresser, then you might pursue a claim for compensation. If that is the case, then there are some things you should take into consideration ahead of time. Firstly, it is worth remembering that all claims for compensation could be affected by a personal injury claim time limit. In most cases, the time limit is 3 years. Therefore, a claim should be made within 3 years of the negligent event, or alternatively, the time limit comes into action once the effects of negligence (such as PTSD, anxiety or depression) have officially been diagnosed.
Secondly, it is worth remembering that all claims are inherently different. Therefore, the compensation that could be awarded will reflect and take into consideration a variety of factors. For example, the claim process will evaluate the damages inflicted, the injury, the injuries caused, the suffering and any financial issues. However, we have provided a table that could be used to provide a rough estimate of what could be awarded in terms of general damages these are solely connected with any health issues.
|Damage to hair (This could be achieved through permanent waving, tinting. Effects might include dermatitis, eczema, or tingling or 'burning' of the scalp)||£6,890 to £10,340|
|The loss of damage to the hair (Resulting in bald patches.)||£3,710 to £6,890|
|Burns that significantly affect the body (more than 40%)||Likely to exceed £98,380|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Severe)||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Moderate)||£21,730 to £56,180|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Minor)||£3,710 to £7,680|
|Trivial Scarring - the effect is minor only||£1,600 to £3,310|
|Less Significant Scarring - there are a number of small scars that can be camouflaged easily.||£3,710 to £12,900|
|Significant Scarring -Where the effects will possibly be reduced by plastic surgery but leaving some level of cosmetic disability.||£8,550 to £28,240|
If you have experienced burn-related damages and wish to pursue a hairdresser injury compensation claim, then a solicitor from our panel could offer you a no win no fee service. This may also be referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), and in simple terms, acts as a mutual agreement between the solicitor and you as the claimant.
A no win no fee agreement will only be offered to those with an eligible claim for compensation. If a solicitor pursues a claim that has a successful outcome, then you as the claimant will be required to pay a success fee for the services that have been provided. This fee is subsidised from the final settlement that has been awarded, and by law, it is capped at 25%. If a solicitor takes on a claim but fails to win an awarded settlement, then a no win no fee agreement reduces the threat to the claimant’s finances.
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In the event you have experienced a burnt scalp due to the negligence of a hairdresser, then you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation. If that is the case and you choose to work with Accident Claims, then we could connect you with a solicitor that is best suited to handle your potential claim. If you have an eligible case for compensation, then a solicitor from our panel could support you throughout the claims process by providing legal support and guidance.
If at any point during this online guide you have become unsure, or alternatively if you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. Our expert and friendly advisors are always happy to discuss your potential claim in greater length and answer any questions that you might have. Our phone lines are free to call, our advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you wish to speak with an advisor, the number to call is 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, you could submit an online form regarding your potential claim, and a member of our team will review the submission and be in contact.
We sincerely hope that this online guide has provided an informative and concise explanation of the claims process regarding burnt scalps. In addition to the information that has been provided within this guide, we have provided some additional links that we believe could be extremely useful. You can find these links located down below.
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Article by MB.
Edited by CK.