Hairdresser Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Salon Accident or Negligence?

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 2nd January 2024. Are you considering barber or hairdresser injury claims and want to know how to sue a hair salon? Welcome to our guide on hairdresser injury compensation claims and hairdresser accident claims. If you’re considering making hairdressing claims like these, this guide could answer questions such as ‘can you sue a hairdresser for a bad haircut?’ and ‘how is hairdresser compensation calculated?’ We offer guidance on compensation payouts for hairdressing claims, and what could affect your hairdressing compensation claims payout when suing a hair salon for negligence. Plus, we offer tips on suing a hair salon for negligence, including how we could help you sue a hair salon for a dirty clippers infection, slip, trip or fall or a burn.

Claiming for an injury in a hairdresser salon

Hairdresser Injury Claims

Unfortunately, hairdressing accidents and injuries can occur. During your appointment did you receive some kind of injury? If so, you may feel that you have a case for making a claim for hairdressing compensation. It is often the case that making a claim for the damage that has been made to your hair or the injuries you have received can help you to move on. Our comprehensive guide has been put together to provide you with helpful information. We cover insight on the various different types of compensation claims your could make. These relate to injuries sustained in a hairdressing salon.

Would you like to learn more about No Win No Fee hairdressing compensation claims? Or, to proceed to make a claim for hairdresser accident compensation? Please get in touch with our team. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and you can reach them by:

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  1. Can I Make A Compensation Claim Against A Hairdresser?
  2. Hairdressing Compensation Claims – Time Limits
  3. What Evidence Can Allow You To Sue A Hairdresser?
  4. How Much Compensation Might I Receive For An Injury Caused By A Hairdresser?
  5. Hairdresser Compensation Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. Helpful Links Relating To Hairdressing Compensation Claims

Can I Make A Compensation Claim Against A Hairdresser?

If you have been injured while in a hair salon, you may be eligible to sue a hairdresser for compensation. However, there are certain eligibility criteria that hairdresser injury claims must meet to be valid. These are:

  1. You must have been owed a duty of care by the hair salon or hairdresser.
  2. This duty was breached.
  3. Due to this breach, you suffered an injury.

Hair salons and hairdressers owe members of the public a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Per their duty, they must take all the necessary steps to ensure your reasonable safety while you are on their premises.

This means that as well as their premises being risk assessed for hazards and them being reduced or mitigated, they also must ensure that the service they provide ensures your reasonable safety. For instance, completing a patch test before applying any hair treatments to ensure you do not have a reaction.

If they breach this duty of care towards you and you suffer an injury as a result, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

If you have any questions about suing a hairdresser for your injuries, you can contact our advisors. They can also check the eligibility of your specific case.

Hairdressing Compensation Claims – Time Limits

If you’re wondering if you can sue a hairdresser after suffering harm due to negligence, it’s important to be aware of the time limits that are in place for starting a claim. Under the Limitation Act 1980, you must typically start your personal injury claim within three years of being injured.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you are under the age of eighteen, then suing a hair salon for negligence yourself is only possible once you turn eighteen. After that, you will have up until your twenty-first birthday to start your claim. However, a litigation friend could claim on your behalf before this time.

Similarly, if you do not have the mental capacity to claim for yourself, the time limit is suspended indefinitely. If you can recover the capacity to claim, then the time limit reinstates on the date of recovery. If not, then a litigation friend can make a claim on your behalf.

Our team are here to help if you would like to learn more about hair dressing compensation claims. Get in touch today to learn more.

What Evidence Can Allow You To Sue A Hairdresser?

If you are considering suing a hairdresser for your injuries, you will need to gather evidence to support your claim. Some examples of evidence that could help support hairdresser injury claims include:

  • Proof of your appointment with the hairdresser, such as an e-mail receipt or booking confirmation.
  • Photographs of your visible injuries, such as burns on your scalp.
  • The contact information of anyone who witnessed how you suffered your injury, as they may be able to provide a statement at a later date.
  • Medical evidence of your injuries, such as a copy of your medical records stating the injury and the treatment is has had and will need.

If you choose to work with a solicitor on your case, they could help you with gathering the necessary evidence to help you sue a hairdresser for your injuries.

To see whether you may be eligible to work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, you can contact one of our advisors today.

How Much In Compensation Might I Receive For An Injury That Has Been Caused By A Hairstylist?

The amount of compensation that you might be awarded will vary from one case to another and we are unable to give you an exact figure. Each case will have a variety of different factors that will need to be taken into consideration such as the extent of any injuries you have sustained, and medical costs you have incurred and the extent of any negligence.

Compensation specifically for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced is known as general damages. However, we are able to give you an idea of the amount of compensation awarded for similar cases. The table below gives an indication of the difference in compensation amounts.

Type of injury Amount awarded Notes
Multiple serious injuries with significant financial losses. Up to £1,000,000+ A combination of serious injuries with associated financial losses such as loss of income and medical expenses.
Psychiatric damage £54,830 to £115,730 Psychological injuries of this nature will leave the injured person with marked problems with respect to work, life, education and relationships, and the prognosis will be very poor.
Psychiatric damage £19,070 to £54,830 Psychological injuries of this nature will leave the injured person with significant problems with respect to work, life, education and relationships, however the prognosis will be much more optimistic than in severe cases.
Facial scarring- very severe £29,780 to £97,330 This bracket will usually be awarded where a young claimant has sustained very disfiguring scars causing a severe psychological reaction.
Facial scarring- less severe £17,960 to £48,420 Where there has been substantial disfigurement and the psychological reaction is significant
Facial scarring- significant £9,110 to £30,090 In this bracket, the worst effects of the scarring will or have been reduced by plastic surgery, but there is still some cosmetic disability. However, the psychological reaction will either be not great or, having been initially considerable, has diminished and can be considered relatively minor.
Facial scarring- less significant £3,950 to £13,740 Cases in this bracket will include ones where there is one small scar or a number of many small scars. The scarring will mar but not markedly affect the appearance of the injured person.
Facial scarring- trivial £1,710 to £3,530 Trivial scarring with a minor cosmetic and psychological effect.
Damage to Hair £7,340 to £11,020 In these cases, dermatitis, eczema, or tingling/burning of the scalp causes the hair to become dry and brittle and break off or fall out. Awards at the top end of this bracket will be awarded where the thinning continues and the prospect of regrowth is slow.
Damage to Hair £3,950 to £7,340 As well as covering more minor symptoms of scalp dermatitis, this bracket will cover cases where the hair has been pulled out, leaving bald patches.

Further guidance

If you are unsure where your injury would place you on this table or have any questions about hairdresser injury compensation, please get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help you.

It’s also possible to claim special damages for any financial losses stemming from your injuries. This can include the cost of any medical treatment, any repair costs to your hair or body, as well as any lost earnings. To learn more about what can be factored into hairdresser injury compensation claims, get in touch with our team today.

Hairdresser Injury Compensation Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis

If you are eligible to sue a hairdresser for injuries they’ve caused you, you may wish to get a solicitor to help you. A solicitor could help you with various aspects of the claiming process, such as gathering evidence, submitting your case within the correct time limit and negotiating a compensation settlement on your behalf.

One of our solicitors could offer to help you with suing a hairdresser on a No Win No Fee basis under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This typically means you won’t have to pay any upfront fees for your solicitor’s work. You also won’t be required to pay for their legal services while the claim is ongoing or if it fails.

Instead, they would deduct a success fee from your compensation if your case is successful. The percentage that your solicitor can take as this fee is limited by the law.

To learn more about making hairdresser injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis, please contact an advisor. They could check your eligibility free of charge and connect you with one of our solicitors. Contact them today via the following methods:

Helpful Links Relating To Hairdressing Compensation Claims

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What happens with hair dye reactions

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Scalds and Burns – NHS advice

This page on the NHS website deals with burns and scalds and advises on the most appropriate course of action for anyone who is injured as a result of a burn or scald

Further guidance

Best Practice for Hair salon – HSE

This publication from the Health and Safety Executive contain important information. It has been put together to assist employers and employees within the hairdressing industry. The aim is to make sure that they are following best practice. This is in respect of any chemicals and products they might use on clients. It is specifically written to provide protection for the stylist. However, a number of the issues highlighted also refer to how these chemicals can have an effect on their clients as well.

Hair Damage Claims Guide

You can read more about how to claim for damaged hair in the above guide.

How to Claim Compensation for an Accident in a Public Place

Businesses are often under the same law as public spaces. They have a duty of care to keep visitors safe. Read our guide for a better understanding.

Beauty Treatment Injury/Negligence Claims

Did you suffer after negligence at a beauty salon? Read our guide to see if we could help. 

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