By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 21st July 2023. If you have suffered a burn from laser hair removal, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. However, you will need to prove that the aesthetician performing the procedure breached their duty of care, and that this is what caused you to suffer harm.
Within this guide, we will explain in more depth the eligibility criteria you must meet to be able to make a claim for laser burns. We will also discuss the types of compensation that could be awarded should you make a successful claim. Furthermore, we will share some of the benefits of making a claim with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
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- A complete guide to laser hair removal burns compensation
- Laser Hair Removal Gone Wrong – Burn From Laser Hair Removal
- What you should do if you suffer laser hair removal burns or laser hair removal blisters
- What restrictions are there on people offering laser hair removal?
- I see some scarring after a laser hair removal treatment – could I claim for laser hair removal burns?
- I have developed skin blisters following laser hair removal – what can I do?
- What common problems are there with laser hair removal?
- Can I Claim For A Permanent Laser Burn On My Skin?
- Making a claim for laser hair removal burns – what do I need to know?
- Types of compensation available for a claim for laser hair removal burns or laser hair removal blisters
- How much of a compensation payout would I get if I claim for laser hair removal burns?
- All about laser hair removal burns and laser hair removal blisters – No Win No Fee claims
- How Accident Claims can assist with a claim for laser hair removal burns
- Getting started with AccidentClaims.co.uk on a claim for laser hair removal burns
Welcome to our guide to claiming laser hair removal burn compensation. You may be asking; can I sue for laser burns?
If you have sustained burns after or during laser hair removal treatment, you could be able to make a claim for compensation as long as you can prove that the person carrying out the treatment was to blame. For example, they may have failed to carry out a mandatory patch test before your procedure, resulting in you suffering an allergic reaction. In this guide to claiming laser hair removal compensation, we’ll talk you through how you could get the payout that you deserve.
Could a salon be responsible for laser hair removal burns on legs, arms or elsewhere?
There are a number of different ways that a beauty salon or clinic could be responsible for burns sustained during laser hair removal treatment. Reasons range from failing to maintain equipment properly to failing to conduct the correct health and safety assessments for the procedure.
If you are interested in making a claim for laser hair removal treatment burns, you can find all of the information that you need to know in this guide. This includes information such as:
- How to make a laser hair removal injury claim
- What damage you can claim for
- How much compensation you could be entitled to receive
If you’re looking to claim for a burn from laser hair removal, or laser hair removal blisters, you might need to understand precisely what they are and why they happen. According to the NHS, there are some side effects from laser hair removal, such as:
- Bacterial infection
- Darkening/lightening of the skin
- Bruising and swelling
- Red skin
- Laser hair removal blisters
- A burn from laser hair removal
When could I claim for laser hair removal gone wrong?
It is important to recognise that not every instance of a burn from laser hair removal or laser hair removal blisters could form the basis of a valid claim.
However, if the duty of care owed to you was breached and you experienced harm as a result, you may be eligible to seek compensation for laser hair removal gone wrong.
If you are not certain whether you could have a valid claim for laser hair removal burn compensation, we could assess your case for you. Get in touch on the number above.
If you have been the victim of laser hair removal burns, the first thing that you need to do is make sure you seek medical advice. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best treatment for the burns. Not only this but getting medical treatment is imperative if you do decide that you want to make a claim for laser hair removal compensation. This is because the medical report that is put together by your doctor, or any medical professional that assessed your burns, will be used to determine how much compensation you are entitled to.
Aside from this, there are several different ways that you can gather evidence to ensure that you will have a strong case for claiming laser hair removal burn compensation. This includes taking photographs of the burns on your skin, as well as writing down what has happened so that you do not forget any important details later on. If anyone was with you when you received the laser hair removal treatment, make sure you make a note of their contact details because witness statements can also be a great source of evidence.
Once you have done all of this, please call our team at Accident Claims UK. Do not suffer in silence. Not only can laser hair removal burns cause a lot of physical pain from the physical injury that you sustained, but there can also be psychological damages as well. The person in question may suffer from a lack of confidence because of their burns, which can manifest into problems in their work life and their social life suffers too. When you make a claim, it is important to realise that you can claim for both the physical and psychological damages.
If you want to make laser hair removal compensation claims, you need to know whether there’s been a breach of regulations that caused you to suffer.
When you are looking for someone to carry out laser hair removal treatment, it is important to recognise that this individual needs to have a minimum of an NVQ 3 qualification or the equivalent. If they do not have this certificate and they have provided you with your treatment which you were then injured as a consequence of, you could be able to make a claim.
Moreover, it is important to make sure that the individual has a current registration on the Healthcare Certificate.
They must have also attended a laser safety study day and have training on the laser equipment they are using. Such professionals are also advised to have a general health and safety awareness, as well as training in first aid and basic CPR.
If you’re considering whether you could claim laser hair removal burn compensation, this section may help.
There are a number of different reasons why scarring may occur after you have had laser hair removal treatment. This includes your skins ability to heal, medication, the experience of the practitioner, the suitability of the treatment, and the suitability of your skin type.
The pre-treatment assessment
Before you have laser hair removal treatment, the practitioner should assess your skin to make sure that it is suitable. For example, if you suffer from hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation, you will not be suitable for laser hair removal treatment. If your practitioner has allowed you to have this treatment while knowing that you suffer from a condition such as this, he or she has acted negligently. In such a case, you could have grounds to launch a laser hair removal compensation claim against them.
The best thing to do if you have noticed scarring is to visit a healthcare professional. This way, they can carry out an assessment and determine why the scarring has occured. This will then enable you to determine whether you have a basis for a compensation claim.
Suffering from skin blisters after laser hair removal treatment can be incredibly worrying. You need to get medical attention as soon as possible so that your doctor can assess the issue and determine the severity of the blisters. He or she will also be able to advise on the best treatment. Once you have done this, you should give us a call to discuss the prospect of making a claim for what has happened to you.
Please read on for more on laser hair removal compensation claims.
While laser hair removal treatment is considered safe, there are a number of complications that can happen. Most of these side effects are extremely rare and only tend to occur if the treatment has been carried out incorrectly. So, let’s take a look at some of the side effects in further detail:
- General skin surface burns
- Erythema ab igne – a skin reaction that can be caused by repeated or prolonged exposure to the laser
- Libido reticularis – a rare condition that can be caused by laser hair removal treatment, which causes the skin to become mottled
- Bruising – this can last up to 15 days
- Excessive swelling – this can last up to a week
- Lightening or darkening of the skin – this can last for a few months afterwards
- Skin blistering – this can take up to 10 days to heal
Please see the next section to learn what damages you could claim laser hair burn compensation for.
If you have sustained laser hair removal burn marks, these could potentially be permanent, depending on the extend of the damage. For example, if you suffered extensive blisters from laser hair removal, the marks may not fade.
Being eligible to claim for laser hair removal burn marks means fulfilling certain criteria:
- The salon or beautician must have had a duty of care towards you
- They must have breached that duty of care
- The breach must have caused your injuries
Permanent scars due to burns from laser hair removal could impact both your physical and mental health. If you’re able to claim compensation, your settlement should reflect these factors.
If you have experienced blisters from laser hair removal, or burns from laser hair removal and would like to know whether you could claim for permanent scarring, please call us.
There are a few things that you need to know when making laser hair removal burn compensation claims. The first thing that you need to be aware of is the fact that you should not feel guilty for pursuing such a claim. Not only is it right that you get the conversation you deserve, but also you could be saving someone else from suffering the same fate as you, as you may force the salon to change their procedures so that they are safer. You should also not fear that you might be putting someone out of business. This is incredibly unlikely because all businesses are required to have insurance in place to cover circumstances like this.
Contacting us about laser hair removal burns
If you give us a call regarding your claim, you can get free legal advice. You will be given a solicitor that covers your area. You do not need to have a solicitor that is local to you because claims can be handled over the phone, by email and even face to face. This means that rather than having a solicitor that is merely convenient, you can benefit from the best solicitor for you. This will ideally be a personal injury solicitor with specific experience in laser hair removal burn claims.
There are a number of different damages that you will be able to claim for when you launch your laser hair removal treatment burn claim. This includes general damages, which cover the pain and suffering you have experienced physically. You can also claim for any psychological trauma you have been subject to.
One thing that it is important to be aware of is the fact that every single personal injury claim is handled on an individual basis. This is good because this means you should get the amount of compensation that you deserve for the accident you have been involved in. As such, this means that it is impossible to tell you exactly what amount of compensation you will get once you make a claim. The only way to find out is to go ahead and do so.
Compensation payouts for laser hair removal burns in 2022
Settlements for laser hair removal burns can vary in value depending on various factors and circumstances. They can also be made up of more than one figure. As mentioned earlier, special damages can be included in some payouts. However, this section focuses on general damages and how it can be calculated.
General damages are awarded to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Legal professionals are responsible for arriving at a suitable figure to award you. They do this by using a number of helpful resources, such as medical evidence that’s relevant to your case.
Additionally, they also make use of a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines. Within the JCG, there is a range of monetary figures that relate to various injuries. Each injury is described in detail, along with how severe each one could be.
The JCG is updated on a semi-regular basis. We have included some examples from the 16th edition in the table below. This is the most up-to-date version, published in 2022. Keep in mind that the figures listed are guidelines only. As such, your general damages payment will not necessarily fall within the brackets shown.
|Injury Type||Typical Award Bracket||Any Further Information|
|Very severe facial scaring||£29,780 to £97,330||Severe psychological impact. Very disfiguring cosmetic impact. Usually for relatively young women.|
|Less severe facial scaring||£17,960 to £48,420||Substantial disfigurement. Psychological impact.|
|Significant facial scaring||£9,110 to £30,090||Plastic surgery has reduced the worst effects, however there may still be a level of cosmetic disability.|
|Less significant facial scaring||£3,950 to £13,740||Small scars or one scar that can be disguised.|
|Trivial Scarring||£1,710 to £3,530||Only minor effects|
|Scarring to other parts of the body||£7,830 to £22,730||Large number of noticeable scars or one that is disfiguring|
|Scarring to other parts of the body||£2,370 to £7,830||Single noticeable or several minor scars|
|Damage to hair||£7,340 to £11,020||poor regrowth|
|Scarring to other parts of the body||£3,950 to £7,340||Full recovery within 2 years|
Laser Hair Removal Burns – What Are Special Damages?
Special damages could be awarded if you have suffered financially as a direct result of your injury. There are many ways that laser hair removal burns can lead to financial losses, for example, you may:
- Lose out on income if you are unable to work
- Incur spending costs towards your medical treatment
- Require cosmetic surgery to help repair the damage
If the laser burns from your hair removal had financially harmed you in ways such as these then you could be eligible to make a claim for special damages.
You would need evidence to prove your losses, such as receipts, invoices and payslips.
You can reach out to a member of our team for information about the compensation you could seek in your claim, and the materials you should collect to help you.
Are you looking to claim for a laser burn on the skin caused by negligence? Whether you’ve suffered a burn from laser hair removal on your legs or burns after laser hair removal elsewhere, we could help. If you’re concerned about the costs of using the services of a lawyer, our No Win No Fee claims service could be ideal for you. They might offer a Conditional Fee Agreement.
In No Win No Fee claims for burns after hair removal, you wouldn’t have to pay your for your solicitor’s services if the claim fails. If your claim wins, you pay a success fee from your compensation.
If your claim didn’t result in a laser hair removal burn settlement, your lawyer could not take the success fee.
Can you help me make a No Win No Fee claim for a laser burn on my skin?
Please call our team for a free eligibility check. We will be able to tell you if one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could assist with your claim.
We can provide you with solicitors that have experience with laser hair scarring claims specifically. This will be a solicitor that has successfully secured compensation for personal injury victims like you many times before. This will take the strain off you, as you will not have to go through lots of different avenues to find the most appropriate person to fight your compensation battle. If that was not enough, we have much experience in the industry and we always treat our customers well.
We handle every case with complete confidentiality. Our team are always here should you need any questions answered. We can help too if you are worried about your case. You only need to look at our reputation in the industry and the great feedback that we have received from our consumers. You’ll then see that we are a great choice for accident claims within the United Kingdom.
The way personal injury solicitors help with laser hair removal compensation claims
It is important to understand that laser hair removal compensation claims can sometimes be tricky. While you might think you’ve got an easy case, the defendant’s insurers may not be willing to admit liability. This could be the case if you don’t have enough evidence. After all, you don’t just need to show that you were burned. You also need to show that the injuries were caused by negligence. Plus, you need to evidence that you didn’t suffer the burn elsewhere.
This is where a specialist personal injury solicitor from our team can help. They’ll review your claim thoroughly with you to try and ascertain how your injuries were caused. To help with this process, they’ll consider what evidence you already have and help to gather anything else that’s needed. Furthermore, they will make sure you’re seen by an independent specialist so that your injuries are fully understood. This will also provide a report that will show if your injuries will continue to affect you later on in life.
Something to bear in mind is that you won’t need to be too involved with the claims process once your solicitor has filed with the defendant. They’ll keep you updated about any progress and deal with all queries as they are raised. Ultimately, their job is to try and make sure that you have been paid a fair amount of compensation at the end of your claim.
Please see the next section for some FAQs about claiming laser hair removal burn compensation.
Laser Hair Removal Burns and Scars Compensation FAQs
Before ending our guide to claiming laser hair removal compensation, we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions from prospective claimants.
Can I claim for negligent medical treatment that has led to permanent scarring from laser hair removal?
Should you have received negligent advice and/or treatment from a medical practitioner after seeing them about your laser hair removal burns, your injuries could get worse. If they do, you may be able to make a claim for clinical negligence. All medical professionals are required to offer you a safe standard of care. If they fail to do so, and you are injured due to this, you could be eligible for compensation.
The compensation you could receive for a medical negligence claim would relate to how much worse or harder to treat the injury became because of the medical negligence. If you would like to speak to us about such claims, we would be delighted to help you. Below, you can see the amount of money relating to clinical negligence claims that the NHS paid out in 2019/20.
What is erythema ab igne?
NHS resources describe erythema ab igne as damage caused by exposure to infrared treatment. In some cases, it could be caused by laptops. It can also be caused by lasers from laser hair removal treatments.
Could I claim for negligence related to erythema ab igne on the NHS?
Are you’re wondering whether you could claim for negligent erythema ab igne treatment from the NHS? If so, you might believe you’ve been the victim of clinical negligence. As we have mentioned, you could claim for negligence in some cases. If you have proof that but for the negligent erythema ab igne treatment by the NHS, you would not have suffered the harm you did, or your injury would not have been as bad as it was, or harder to treat.
Would a laser hair removal cost calculator give me an accurate sum for compensation?
No, this would not be possible. A laser hair removal cost calculator could only give you a rough figure. Your case would be assessed according with the unique facts and circumstances that surround it. Whether you’re claiming for negligence erythema ab igne treatment on the NHS, or for laser hair removal scars caused by a beautician, please get in touch to get a rough idea of how much you could claim.
Do laser hair removal burns go away?
In many cases, laser hair removal treatments can go wrong and result in burns. On top of being physically painful, this can cause mental distress for the victim. With an ability to impact anything from your self-confidence to your quality of life, these burns can leave permanent scarring in many cases.
If you’d like to be compensated for the pain and suffering caused by laser hair removal burns and subsequent scarring, please get in touch. We can assess your situation and tell you whether you could claim. What’s more, we’ll offer our panel of personal injury lawyers to assist you through the claims process. We’ll see that you win the compensation that you deserve.
How Long Do You Have To Claim Laser Burn Settlements?
If you’ve suffered burns after laser hair removal, you might be wondering how long you could have to claim for burns after IPL which is intense pulsed light treatments. In many cases, there would be a time limit of 3 years from the date of the incident. Or, 3 years from the date you became aware your injuries were the result of negligence.
However, there are exceptions to the three-year limit in some cases. For example, the time limit won’t start for those under the age of 18 until their 18th birthday. Before this point, someone could apply to act as a litigation friend and make the claim on their behalf.
Other exceptions may apply to those who lack the mental capacity to claim on their behalf. For more information, call our team using the number at the top of the page.
Will IPL burns go away?
The treatment you may receive for IPL could differ depending on your specific circumstances. The impact of the burns may also differ depending on how severe the original injury is. For more information on the treatment for these types of burns, you should seek medical attention from a trained professional.
Can you provide some top tips on proving a claim for laser hair removal burns?
Some top tips on proving a claim for laser hair removal burns can be found below. However, we could give case-specific guidance over the phone for free too.
- Take photographs of the scene if possible as well as your injuries
- If there are any witnesses, take their contact details if possible
- Obtain records of the medical attention you received for your injuries (you may also need an independent medical assessment as part of your claim)
- Keep paperwork relating to your injuries and the costs and losses caused by them
- Get free legal advice from our team
Laser burns on my legs lost me modelling work – can I claim for this?
If you’ve suffered laser burns on your legs due to the salon’s breach of their duty of care towards you, you might have lost out on work. If so, you could claim for loss of income. Should you be able to successfully prove your claim, you could also claim projected future loss of earnings. You could do thisif the injuries are expected to affect your ability to work for a long period of time.
How long do I have to claim for laser hair removal burns?
Usually, the personal injury claims time limit for laser hair removal burns is three years from the date of the incident. However, there could be some exceptions to this. Please call our team for case-specific advice.
What else can you claim for if you suffer laser hair removal burns?
As well as claiming for the pain caused by the injury itself, you could potentially claim for other damages in laser hair removal burns claims. For example, while some people may be able to work despite having suffered laser hair removal burns, others may not. If you were working as a model, for example, you may have to wait until any visible damage disappears or can be camouflaged. If this happens, you could lose out on income. Loss of earnings caused by a laser burn could be included within a claim. Some claims could even include future potential loss of income.
There are also other financial expenses that could be included within such claims, such as medical expenses and travel expenses.
If you would like further insight into the damages you could include within laser burn claims, please call our team.
How can I give myself the best chance of receiving a laser hair removal burn settlement?
Those who build a strong claim when pursuing laser burn settlements are able to evidence that their burns from laser hair removal are caused by negligence. To do this requires evidence of the salon’s duty of care to them, a breach of the duty, and the harm it caused. If you want to receive a laser hair removal burn settlement, the following could be useful:
- Details of any witnesses to the negligence and the harm caused to you
- Photographic evidence of the injuries
- Video evidence of financial harm caused by the injuries
- Independent medical evidence
How can I find a lawyer with experience of successfully claiming laser burn settlements?
If you believe you could have a valid claim for compensation, please call our team. We could assess your eligibility to claim, and could provide you with a lawyer to assist you. Our advisors would aim to match you with the most appropriate solicitor from our panel to assist with your claim. We could provide you with lots of information on the solicitor, such as how much experience they have. That way, you could be confident that they could give you the best chance of receiving laser burn settlements.
Do you charge for eligibility checks?
We could check your eligibility to claim for free. We do not charge for this service, and you are under no obligation to use our solicitors once we check your claim for you.
How long does a claim for laser hair removal burns take?
How long a laser hair removal burns claim takes could depend on how the liable party responds to your claim. If they immediately admit liability and offer you a fair settlement, your claim could be settled relatively quickly. However, in some cases, the at-fault party could dispute liability, or claim your injuries are not as severe as you say. In such cases, you may go into negotiations, and you may even find that your case goes to court. While this is rare in such claims, it could mean your claim takes longer to settle.
An experienced solicitor could potentially help you with this. Get in touch today for free legal advice or to be connected with one of our solicitors.
Hopefully, you now have all of the information that you need covering laser hair removal compensation claims. If you have any questions, our team are ready and waiting to help you. Or if you are ready to start your claim, they can also advise your next steps and even match you with the right solicitor for your needs.All you need to do is give us a call today on 0800 073 8801.
Helpful links Relating To A Claim For Laser Hair Removal Burns And IPL Burns
This link takes you to the NHS page covering laser hair removal. You will find lots of useful information regarding the treatment itself. This includes how it is carried out and what you should expect afterwards. Plus, what you should do if you experience any sort of problems.
This link takes you to the UK Government Health and Safety Executive website. You will find information on the Beauty Sector Strategy 2012 – 2015. This includes details about health and safety issues and how to combat them.
This link takes you to an official publication from the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority regarding lasers and intense light sources.
Thank you for reading our guide to making a claim for laser hair removal burns and laser hair removal blisters. Hopefully now, you’ll know what makes a laser burn. And, you’ll know whether you could claim for IPL burns or laser hair removal scars.