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

For the majority of people, a visit to the hairdressers is a regular occurrence, and whether you visit a salon or a barber it is completed without anything untoward happening. In fact, according to figures from the National Hairdressers Federation there are currently around 40,000 businesses involved in the hairdressing industry all over the UK.

Unfortunately, hairdressing accidents and injuries can occur. If during your appointment you have received some kind of injury, then 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 on the various different types of hairdresser injury compensation claims.

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    • A Guide to Compensation Claims for Hairdresser Injuries

      Hairdresser Injury Guide

      Hairdresser Injury Guide

      Unfortunately, incidents that involve hairdressers are a not uncommon occurrence. Whilst they might be minor, such as a small cut caused by scissors which will get better within a few days, others are more severe. Salons have the potential to cause harm to their clients in a number of ways; the use of chemicals during some types of treatments, the use of electrical items and very hot objects all of which could lead to injuries which are more serious. In these instances, hairdresser compensation is a thought that comes quickly to mind.

      Our detailed guide will look at the common factors that are involved in the majority of hairdresser injury compensation claims. We will take a look at the different types of injuries involved, suggest how you might like to proceed with hairdresser compensation action, where liability for injury might lie and even look at possible settlement amounts. If you are thinking about how to sue a hairdresser, then the information in the guide could prove invaluable. Also, we will look at the process, and the benefits, that can be achieved from finding a professional firm to work on your claim, whether it is hair damage from hair dye or suing a hair stylist for other hair damage in hairdressers.

      What to do if you are injured during a trip to the hairdressers

      If you have been injured during a hairdressing consultation, then there are a number of things that you should do whether you are pursuing hairdresser injury compensation claims or not. The first of these is that you should seek medical attention in respect of your injuries. You may then want to consider the options that are available to you. If you want to make a compensation claim there are a number of things you should consider:

      • Save all paperwork: Collect evidence for your claim, this could take the form of any records that might relate to your accident: appointment cards, phone records, emails or anything else you think might be relevant. This information might be used to confirm your story.
      • Taking Notes: the most important piece of information that we will need when preparing a case of hairdresser compensation is details of the individual, or the salon you wish to make the claim against. Having this information to hand can help to speed up the process.
      • See a doctor: Seeking medical attention in the first instance is your number one priority, however you will probably need more than just the one appointment and this ongoing care could be important to your claim. Your doctor should be able to advise you of any long-term implications of your accident and any doctors notes and any prescriptions for medicines can be an invaluable source of evidence in your case.
      • Contact a Professional: Getting a professional opinion when you have all this information in hand can be an important step. Making this type of claim might be complicated but it is a good idea to have hair lawyers who specialise in hair claims. Our team have many years of experience in dealing with compensation claims and are able to help you fully. If you have decided that pursuing legal action is the next step for you then why not contact us for a free no obligation consultation.

      The actions that you take following the accident can have an impact on any potential hair compensation claim you decide to make. If you want to pursue a claim, then the section below will help you with the next steps you need to take.

      How do I begin a compensation claim against a hairdresser?

      This type of claim is rarely simple, not only can there be a lot of paperwork and administration, but simply knowing where to start can be difficult. Even a hairdresser compensation claim pursued through a small claims court can be difficult. It is for this reason that we suggest people use a claims service. We can make sure that you are aware of all the necessary information and evidence that is needed when presenting such a case. We offer a free no obligation consultation if you want to know more.

      It is likely that following your hair-related incident you will have a number of questions, and whilst you can find a lot of information online, by making one phone call you can find out everything you need to know form a source that is up to date and accurate. If you do decide to go ahead and arrange to speak to one of our team, then we will be able to give you plenty of information that has been garnered from experience.

      We can have a look at all the information you have already gathered. When it comes to hairdressing compensation claims we have a wealth of experience. We will take a look at the details of your case and give you an honest opinion on whether we believe that you have a case or not. If we feel that you might have a case for making a compensation claim,  we will then advise you of what happens next.

      We work on a No Win No Fee basis which can help to reduce those costs that you might need to pay before your case is settled. Our section on No Win No Fee claims explains this in further detail. If you are wondering how to begin your claim, all you need to do is make a call to our team and we will take it from there.

      The various types of Hairdressing Injuries

      Whilst the possibility of an accident occurring during a hairdressing appointment might not occur to some people there are a surprising number of ways in which you can suffer an injury, leading to hair damage compensation claim or other personal injury claims. These can include:

      • Reactions / Allergies: there are a number of chemicals that might be used during some hair treatments, there is a possibility that a client could have an allergic reaction to any of these.
      • Insufficient Training / poor training: It is important that a hairdresser has received training in all the various hair techniques, Complex equipment, chemical and sharp objects are all involved, and a properly trained hairdresser should know how to use these properly to avoid injuries – otherwise you may be able to pursue hairdressing claims.
      • Slippery Floors: All surfaces, including floors, should be kept clean. Slippery floors, whether from spills of cleaning can lead to accidents. It these areas are not properly highlighted then you may have a case a negligence claim.
      • Unclean equipment: All items used during appointment should be kept clean, contaminated equipment can result in infection being passed on. This might result in a client being able to pursue a compensation claim.
      • Burns and Cuts: Burns can occur because of the chemicals in products used by the hairdresser either to hair or to skin. Cuts from sharp objects such as scissors are also very common. This type of injury can range in severity.
      • Damage to or loss of hair: If you’re wondering can you sue a hairdresser for ruining your hair, the answer is, in many cases yes. Using the wrong products or using the right products incorrectly can lead to a client’s hair becoming damaged. Hairdressing compensation claims may be made for any hair damage or loss that you suffer that has been caused by the negligence of the stylist.

      There are a number of ways in which you can be injured at the hairdressers. If you have suffered any of the listed injuries or even some other, then you might be able to make hairdresser injury compensation claims.

      Burns to the skin or scalp

      If during a styling procedure the use of faulty equipment results in your hair or scalp becoming burned, or if the equipment is used incorrectly, then you might be able to make a claim for burns to the skin or scalp. In such cases the manufacturer of the equipment, the individual, or even the business may be liable for compensation.

      Scalp injuries and cuts to the head

      It is not only chemicals than can damage the head and scalp. Improperly wielded scissors can cause cuts to the scalp and head that are painful and sometimes leave lasting scars. If you have been cut as a result of your hairdresser’s improper care with scissors, then you may want to pursue a claim for scalp injuries and cuts to the head.

      Where does the liability lie for an Injury that occurs within Hair Salons?

      In most cases here is no correct answer when it comes to determining where the liability lies, it can depend entirely on the details of your case. It is likely that the individual circumstances attached to your incident will determine whether it is the hairdresser who is at fault for your injuries or someone else. Below are some examples that might shed some light on the degree of liability in respect of your hairdresser. These can include:

      • Trips and Slips: if your injuries were sustained as a result of a trip or a slip whilst in the salon – especially if the floorspace was not clutter free, wet, or even contaminated – then the salon could be considered liable. They have a duty of care to keep the floors free of any clutter as well as clean or to make clearly obvious that these areas are hazardous. If they do not exercise this duty of care, then they may be liable.
      • An Accidental Injury: Whether as a result of carelessness on the part of the stylist, or as a result of a lack of training you were burnt or cut, compensation from the salon or hairdresser will depend entirely on the type of employment contract that is in place. It is likely that your case may be aimed at different entities depending on the status of the hairdresser and the insurance policies involved.
      • Chemical Burns: Cases involving chemicals may frequently be classed in the same way to those relating to injuries that are accidental. It is likely that the individual’s employment status may have some bearing on the situation, as well as their training which may well be questioned. If they are employed by the salon then they could therefore be seen as liable for any injuries that occur.
      • Faulty Equipment: in cases where faulty equipment is involved the question of who is liable can be different. In this instance a lot will depend on whether the equipment had been properly inspected and/or maintained, and if the accident was as a result of a manufacturing defect. In such cases the liability might rest with the owner of the salon or even with the manufacturer of the equipment.

      One of the more complex parts of this type of compensation case is determining who the liability rests with. If you were uncertain about any issues regarding your case it could help to clear up any confusion by going over the details with someone who understands liability and can guide you.

      Can I Make a Claim if my hair has been damaged?

      If as a result of a visit to the hairdresser you have been injured, then you might be able to make a claim for compensation and this includes damage to your hair. A Claim for damaged hair may be made to stylists in the event of damage occurring to the hair, whether it was caused by an equipment fire, negligence by the stylist, incorrect use of chemicals, and for a number of other reasons. Hair damage compensation claims might cover, but are certainly not solely limited to, some of the following:

      • Balding: It is possible that the using incorrect or dangerous chemicals on your hair could result in hair falling out or bald patches appearing due to cell damage on your scalp. If this balding occurs as a result of an accident, then it is possible to pursue a
      • Scalp Dermatitis: This skin complaint that can result in stubborn dandruff, it can also cause red, scaly areas of skin to be visible on your scalp. This condition can be the result of overexposure to harmful chemicals or simply using these chemicals on the scalp.
      • Hair that becomes brittle: Using chemicals or equipment in an incorrect manner can result in hair becoming brittle and thin, and this has the potential to result in the loss of some hair. If you have ever seen the headline ‘My stylist friend my hair’ you may be thinking it is something that is sensationalised, but if it is proven that your hair became brittle as a result of something that occurred during your appointment, then you might have a valid case for claiming compensation.
      • Patchiness: Patchiness, whether patches that appear bald or as a result of an uneven cut, can be visually unpleasant. In certain circumstances, this could mean that you might have a case.
      • Psychological Damage: Hair loss can be traumatic, it may be possible to make a compensation claim for any emotional and psychological damages caused by your loss of hair. Loss of hair or damage to hair can result in a significant amount of social anxiety and embarrassment. In many cases this can be particularly stressful and even have an impact on a person’s mental health.

      It may be that the conditions of your claim are not on this list, this does not indicate insufficient grounds to make a claim. Please contact us to discuss the details of your case.

      Legislation regarding Health & Safety for those who operate Hair Salons

      In the UK all salon owners and hairdressers are required to follow health and safety rules in order to provide any clients, and other visitors in their premises with the peace of mind that they are protected from injuries. Hairdressing premises have several policies that they are advised, or required to follow. These policies include:

      • Patch Testing – Colour Product tests must be conducted by all employees:  by law a hair strand test is required to be completed. This must be done before any hair dyes is put on to the hair of a client. This requirement is to ensure that the chemicals that are within the dye are not going to cause any allergic reaction or in any way cause damage to the hair or scalp This is a mandatory requirement, even in the case of organic colours.
      • Proper training and instruction must be given to all hair stylists: All salons have a duty to care for clients by ensuring that the workers in their employ have the appropriate level of knowledge and skill to handle client’s hair.  Failure to ensure this is often classed as hair salon negligence. This knowledge should include knowing the appropriate length of time to leave products on the hair before removing them to avoid causing harm to the scalp or the hair. They should also be aware of the appropriate precautions they need to take to protect clients.
      • Correct Disposal of The Products: A COSHH Act of 2002 is in place to regulate the manner in which all hairdressing salons use, dispose of and store all chemical solutions including, but not limited to, peroxide powders, perming solutions and others. If disposed of incorrectly these chemicals can be dangerous to our environment.
      • Frequent Checking for Electrical Appliances: Under the Provision &  Work Equipment Regulations Act (1998) all salons are required to carry out regular testing of all their electrical equipment, they also need to conduct regular maintenance.

      If they have not carried out or obeyed any of these guidelines, you might have a case for making a compensation claim. Small claims court hairdresser claims may be the best course for tiny injuries, but you will need advice on what to do next, which is why we’re here to help.

      What can I claim for as part of a hairdresser injury compensation claims?

      The compensation process can be somewhat complex, part of this is a complexity can be put down to several factors that are taken into consideration when making the claim. These may include:

      • General damage claim – this refers to the amount of compensation you may be able to claim as a result of any injuries or pain you have suffered. This can also include any impact that this has on your day to day life.
      • Special damages –  this is those damages that are easier to measure, it can include loss of wages and monies you might have paid out for any help you might have required at home
      • Medical costs – this will cover any costs you have incurred for treatments you have received, it could include medications and any consultations with specialists
      • Travel costs – perhaps you have had to do a lot of travelling to appointments with a doctor or a specialist, this will be covered together with any additional travel related to your injuries

      All of these costs will be taken into account when your final settlement amount is put together.

      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. We are unable to give you an accurate prediction on the compensation amount, however, we should be fine 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.

      TypeAmountNotes
      Damage to the hair due to waxing tinting or dying£5,575 - £8,375Dependent on how bad the damage is and how the prognosis is for a recovery of the hair/scalp health. These are for a higher level of damage than the class below.
      Damage to the hair due to waxing tinting or dying£3,000 - £5,575Here, the symptoms and damage are less severe, and recovery is better.
      Balled patched resulting from hair being pulled out£3,000 - £5,575The level awarded is based on the expected regrowth time.
      Loss of Earning£5,000 - £500,000This is calculated on the income that has been affected in actual terms.
      Earning Loss Anticipated£10,000 - £400, 000If, for example your hair was part of your career - such as modelling etc., you may potentially miss out on work in the future. This will be taken into account as well as any time off expected for procedures to further correct the damage.

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

      Hairdresser Injury Compensation Claims on a No Win No Fee Basis

      Our No Win No Fee policy is available to all our clients, it is an arrangement that has several benefits. If you were to be thinking about taking legal action, one of perhaps the most important decisions you will need to consider is which service you will choose to assist you with your claim. If you choose a legal representative who works on an hourly rate they may often require some payment upfront, and you will have the uncertainty of not knowing just how much you will end up paying out.

      Our claims service offers a different approach, with a No Win No Fee hairdresser injury compensation claim case, you pay nothing until after the case is successful – if the case was not won you will not pay even a penny. This offers peace of mind and a financial reassurance at a time when you may already be dealing with the stress of your injuries.

      Why are we the right service for your hairdresser injuries compensation claim?

      Our team have many years of experience dealing with compensation claims, and we understand just how tricky making a claim can feel. We are aware that during this stressful time it could be difficult for you to know which way to turn which is why we are here for you every step of the way when you begin a claim for compensation with us. There are a number of benefits to using us for your claim:

      • We offer a free no obligation consultation, arranged at a mutually convenient time
      • We offer “No Win No Fee” Services
      • We have many years of knowledge and expertise dealing with compensation claims

      We want to help make submitting a claim as simple and as stress-free a process as possible so if you have an issue with your hairdressers or have been injured as a result of a hair-related injury we are here to help. If you are wanting to begin your claim, then get in touch.

      Contact us for free expert advice and/or begin your claim

      Should you want to begin your claim for hairdresser compensation, or if you need any more information regarding how the claims process works then please call us, we are the best at what we do. We can be contacted on 0800 073 8801 where our team of friendly, professional advisors are ready to talk you through your claim. Alternatively, why not fill in the easy to use contact form on our website and let us do the rest. If you are looking for the best in claim care, then contact us and see how we handle your call.

      Helpful Links

      What happens with hair dye reactions

      This link contains important information about hair dye and the unexpected reactions you might experience. It also gives you important information on what you should do if you believe you are having a bad reaction to hair dye.

      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

      Best Practice for Hair salon – HSE

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