Tanning Salon Injury Claims Guide – How Much Compensation For A Sunbed Injury At A Tanning Salon? – Burns & Accidents

By Jo Jeffries. Last Updated 20th June 2022. Welcome to our guide to sunbed tanning salon injury claims. In it, we explain how to sue for a sunbed burn, as well as answering common questions on sunbed burns as ‘I got burnt on a sunbed at a salon, what should I do?’ and ‘Can I sue a tanning salon for burns?’ We also look at compensation for tanning bed accidents, and answer questions such as ‘how much compensation can you claim for tanning bed burns. Finally, we look at how me could help you make No Win No Fee claims for sunbed burns.

How much compensation can you claim for tanning bed burns or tanning salon accidents?

It is commonplace for people to use sunbeds in tanning salons, to get a pre-tan before they go on holiday, to get that brown look without having to go abroad or to get some vitamin D. Tanning salons are especially popular among young women. However, what many people may not realize is how potentially dangerous using tanning salons can be. By replicating a more concentrated form of the suns light people using sunbeds are at risk of all of the health hazards associated with prolonged sun exposure and more. Tanning sunbed injuries can include, eye injuries, burn injuries and cancer.

I Got Burnt On A Sunbed At A Salon – Can I Claim?

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Sunbed tanning injury claims guide

If you have been affected by a tanning salon injury, such as sunbed burns or have developed cancer from using the services of a tanning salon, then there is a possibility you could be entitled to compensation for it.

And in this guide, we will explain how solicitors like ours can help you pursue compensation without having to take a big financial risk by using a no win no fee agreement. Read through the rest of this article to find this information.

Get Sunbed Burn Advice

Below you can find our contact details which you can use to ask any questions you want for free to our legal team, or to arrange to make a claim.

Note that this guide is for injuries caused by the use of sunbeds themselves, for information on other forms of accidents which merely happened to take place in a tanning salon you can see another section on our website about accidents in public places. 

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  1. A Guide To Sunbed Tanning Injury Claims
  2. What Is A Sunbed Tanning Injury?
  3. Sunbed Burs And Injury Statistics
  4. Tanning Salon Skin Cancer Injury Claims
  5. Tanning Salon Sunbed Burn Injury Claims
  6. Tanning Salon Eye Injury Claims
  7. Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For My Sunbed Tanning Injury?
  8. Sunbed Tanning Injury Compensation Claim Calculator
  9. Additional Types Of Compensation Awarded For Sunbed Injuries
  10. No Win No Fee Claims For Sunbed Burns
  11. Could Our Team Handle Your Sunbed Tanning Injury Claim?
  12. Speak To Our Injury Claims Team About A Sunbed Burn
  13. Essential Resources Relating To Sunbed Burns

A Guide To Sunbed Tanning Injury Claims

Before we begin talking about tanning salon injury claims we will go over what kinds of injuries people can suffer from using tanning salons and some of the facts about those injuries. Then we will go into the three main different types of tanning injuries; skin cancer, burns and eye injuries. We will describe how they can occur and most importantly how a tanning salon can be liable for them.

Claiming for tanning bed accidents

This guide will contain very important and useful guidance on what you can do to get evidence to help with your claim that you can make a start with right now if you have recently suffered from a tanning salon injury. It also has a compensation claims calculator which can help you start to get an idea of what kind of sum of money you will be aiming to receive when you start your claim. If you are considering making a claim, but you are intimidated by the thought of the high legal fees and the prospect of a failed claim leaving you in debt to a solicitor, then this guide will help reassure you by explaining how a No Win No Fee agreement drastically reduces the cost and risk of making a claim.

Once you have read through this guide you will see our contact details, which you can use to connect to our team and ask for advice, or, if you are already convinced you can ask to start a claim right away.

What Is A Sunbed Tanning Injury?

Many people enjoy using tanning beds as a way of having a healthy sunned glow look even when the weather is overcast and cold. However, there is a risk of a number of different kinds of injuries occurring when using sunbeds. In fact despite sunbeds sometimes being marketed as a safer and more controlled way of getting a tan then sunbathing some studies have shown that sunbeds can carry up to double the risk of causing the user harm.

What Are The Risks Of Sunbed Tanning

This is because sunbeds produce UV radiation which over a period of time or in concentrated amounts can cause damage to the body’s skin cells. Spending time in a sunbed actually exposes you to greater levels of UV radiation than spending time in the sun, the risks involved in using a sunbed are actually greater than those involved in actual sunbathing.

How Can I Avoid A Sunbed Burn?

There is little government regulation in the tanning business, instead, it is largely self-regulated, so there is a risk that the staff in the tanning salon you are using aren’t trained and qualified to the standard they should be or the equipment being used is possibly not up to standard.  The customer must also be careful about how they use tanning beds and make sure that they do not overuse them. Health issues that can be caused by tanning beds can include eye damage such as cataracts, skin cancer, skin burns and premature ageing. Here is an NHS page on some of the dangers of using sunbeds.

If you’ve suffered any injuries like this and want to learn more about tanning salon injury claims, please get in touch with our team.

Sunbed Burns and Injury Statistics

Research has shown that sunbeds can cause double the risk of cancer compared to trying to get a tan by lying in the sun. According to the NHS people who are regularly exposed to UV rays while under the age of 25 are in greater danger of developing skin cancer in the future.

People who use sunbeds are at a 20% higher risk of developing melanoma than those who don’t. According to research published in the British Medical Journal around 2000 people die every year from melanoma, and around 100 of these deaths can be directly linked to sunbed use.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subsidiary of the World Health Organisation has classed sunbeds as a group one carcinogen, meaning that they have been confirmed to cause cancer in humans.

Tanning Salon Skin Cancer Injury Claims

If ever you’ve wondered “Can sunbeds give you cancer?” the answer is yes they absolutely can. Using tanning beds can be as dangerous as smoking or asbestos. Melanoma, otherwise known as skin cancer, is the most common form of cancer diagnosed among women in their twenties.  Unlike other forms of injuries such as burns or blisters, the signs that you have developed skin cancer from the use of tanning beds may not emerge until years later.

If you develop skin cancer which can be linked to your use of tanning salons then it may be possible to claim compensation from the tanning salon you used. Tanning salons do have certain responsibilities and standards they must meet to provide for their client’s safety. Failing to meet these requirements can make the salon liable for paying compensation to you for your illness.

What Precautions Should A Sunbed Salon Take?

The precautions which tanning salons need to take include:

  • Warning the clients of the dangers of UV radiation and of tanning bed use.
  • Informing the customers on the safe use of tanning beds, for example showing them how to properly use the equipment and telling them what the safest amount of time to use a tanning bed for is.
  • Ensuring that all customers are over the age of eighteen by requesting and checking ID before allowing them to use the facilities.

If you’ve come to harm and want to learn about tanning salon injury claims, our team can offer you free legal advice on your situation. Just call us on the number at the top of this page.

Tanning Salon Sunbed Burn Injury Claims

Using a tanning salon sunbed does carry the risk of receiving burns if the facilities are not made use of safely and/or the staff in the tanning salon are negligent. Burns can range from being the equivalent to the sunburns one can receive from the sun to blistering and peeling of the skin.  This can occur as a result of the fluorescent light bulbs used in the tanning bed being too strong, or the tanning bed being put on too high a setting. Staff might recommend that the customer spend too long in the tanning bed, or fail to time them correctly. Staff might also fail to take into account the customer’s skin type, resulting in the customer being given a tanning bed to use which is inappropriate for them.

Could I Sue A Sunbed Tanning Salon?

Any of these forms of negligence, plus others listed in other sections of this article could make a tanning salon liable in the event of a customer suffering a burn while using a sunbed.

If the burn injury is particularly severe it can leave you with permanent scarring, you can learn more about claims involving a permanent scarring here. For more information about burn injuries in general click here.

Tanning Salon Eye Injury Claims

Tanning beds use fluorescent lights which produce UV rays to give their users a tan. These fluorescent lights replicate the effects of prolonged exposure to sunlight. Just like staring directly at the sun, looking into these lights can cause problems with your vision, especially after prolonged and repeated use.

To make matters worse your eyelids do not contain melanin, the chemical that the body uses to protect the skin from sunlight. This means that your eyes can be damaged even if you close them. Conjunctivitis and cataracts can result from unprotected exposure to UV light while in a tanning bed. That is why it is necessary for all tanning salons to provide you with a pair of special safety goggles when you are using the tanning bed.

If the staff in the tanning salon do not provide you with these goggles, provide you with the wrong kind or fail to instruct you to keep them on at all times then they can be liable if you suffer damage to your eyes as a result.

If you’ve suffered an eye injury and want to learn what goes into pursuing tanning salon injury claims, our team can answer all of your questions and link you with one of our specialist solicitors. Just call us today to kickstart the process.

Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For My Sunbed Tanning Injury?

You may think that if the risks of illness or of injury stemming from sunbed use are so well documented, and because the industry is largely self-regulated, then you wouldn’t be able to claim compensation for sunbed-related injuries. if so, you would be wrong. You can claim compensation from the tanning business if it can be proven that your sunbed burns or other injury was preventable and caused by the negligence of the salon.

What Could Lead To A Sunbed Burns Claim

There are a number of ways in which a tanning salon can be found to be negligent in a tanning salon compensation case. For instance:

  • Failing to provide you with the necessary safety goggles to prevent eye injuries
  • Failing to instruct you on the appropriate use of the safety goggles
  • Failing to ensure that all the facilities in the salon were safe to use leading to sunbed burns.
  • Failing to instruct you on the safe use of the facilities and the safe limit for spending time in the bed.
  • Failing to inform you of any pre-existing conditions which would put you at risk while using the tanning bed.
  • Failing to get you to fill out a liability form.
  • Allowing children under 18 to use the facilities.

Can I Sue A Tanning Salon For Burns – What Do I Need To Prove?

You will have to prove that you really do have the sunbed burns or other injury or illness you complain of and you will have to prove it was caused at the tanning salon. If the injury is one that is immediately apparent when it occurs you should start collecting evidence on the spot. For example, if you get sunbed burns at the salon you should take photos of the burn injuries and the facilities you were using when it happened as soon as possible and get the salon to log the incident in their accident log book. Keep all the receipts and paperwork from your trip to the tanning salon.

I Got Burnt On A Sunbed – How Do I Prove My Injury?

Get your injury looked at by a doctor as soon as possible. If you have been to a tanning salon recently and didn’t feel like anything was out of the ordinary at the time but have had concerns about your health since then you should go and see a doctor. Having a longer and more detailed medical record of your injuries will both strengthen your case and enable a better calculation of what compensation you are owed.

Keep receipts, documents and notes of all expenses you take on relating to your injury and any medical treatment and support you seek out, if you have a record of it you can claim compensation for it as part of your tanning injury claim. This includes travel expenses for accessing medical care, even parking charges can be claimed if you have the receipts for them.

How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Sunbed Burn?

Be aware that there is a personal injury claims time limit of three years for sunbed burns claims, beginning from the date that your injuries were diagnosed. For some such as burns or eye damage, this may be on the same day that you suffered an accident in a tanning booth. With other tanning related issues such as skin cancer, it may be at any time after habitual use of tanning beds, even if you no longer use them. For people under the age of eighteen, there is no time limit to when their parents can start making a claim on their behalf until they reach the age of eighteen, at which point they have the standard three years to start making a claim.

If you have any questions at all about tanning salon injury claims, we can answer them. Just call us today.

Sunbed Tanning Injury Compensation Claim Calculator

If you’re curious about how much tanning salon injury claims are worth, this section will tell you what you need to know.

Before beginning a claim you and your solicitor will need to work out how much you will be claiming in compensation for your tanning bed injury. Among other factors affecting this amount will be the nature and severity of the injuries themselves, such as the depth of sunbed burns. How much compensation your injury will entitle you to will be calculated according to certain guidelines based on how severe the injury is, how much of your bodily functions and ability to live normally are impacted, the physical pain you experience, to what extent you are able to recover and to what extent you are able to recover back to normal. The impact of your injury on pre-existing conditions in terms of exacerbating them will also be factored in, as will your likelihood of experiencing other complications in the future as a result of your injuries.

The classifications of different types of injuries that are used to determine how much each compensation each form of injury is worth are in the table below.

Injuries affecting sight (b) Total blindnessTotal loss of sight in both eyesIn the region of
Injuries affecting sight (g)Permanent albeit minor impairment of vision in one or both eyes£9,110 to £20,980
Injuries affecting sight (i)Eye injuries which heal within a few weeks£2,200 to £3,950
Scars (severe)A large number or scars or a single noticeable scar with a severe disfiguring effect.£7,830 to £22,730
Scars (minor)A single noticeable scar or multiple scar anywhere on the body with minor cosmetic effects. £2,370 to £7,830
Minor injuries (a)Injuries where there is a complete recovery within seven days.A few hundred pounds to £690
Minor injuries (b)Injuries where there is a complete recovery within 28 days.£690 to £1,370
Minor injuries (c)Injuries where there is a complete recovery within three months.£1,370 to £2,450
Very severe facial scarringTypically younger more sensitive claimants fall into this bracket where psychological impact is great£29,780 to £97,330
Significant facial scarring Worst effects reduced through plastic surgery£9,110 to £30,090

Additional Types Of Compensation Awarded For Sunbed Injuries

Compensation is awarded based on the physical effects of the injury and the effects they have on your life. But the impact of an injury can extend well beyond just the physical and psychological injuries. They can also force you to take on major financial expenses and financial losses, mostly by impacting your ability to work. The amount that you will need to be paid to compensate you for the money you have lost or have been forced to spend as a consequence of your injury will also be factored into calculating how much compensation your claim will request. Some of the different costs and losses which you can claim for in a tanning injury claim may include.

  • Any medical expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury
  • Any expenses for counselling and mental health support you require as a result of your injury
  • Any expenses for travelling to receive medical attention and treatment
  • Any expenses for adapting your house or other expenses for coping with a disability
  • Any expenses relating to hiring nursing care
  • Any expenses for having people perform tasks for you that you would normally handle yourself such as gardening or shopping
  • Expenses for pre-arranged holidays or other activities which you were forced to cancel as a result of your injuries.

Be sure to keep records, copies and receipts of all expenses relating to your injury, otherwise, you would not be able to claim compensation for costs without proof of said costs. For more details on claiming for loss of earnings click here.

And to learn more about what you can include in tanning salon injury claims, just get in touch.

No Win No Fee Claims For Sunbed Burns

If you’ve been burnt on a sunbed due to someone else’s negligent breach of their duty of care towards you, you might worry about the cost of legal representation. If so, then you may be interested to learn that we could help you make No Win No Fee claims for sunbed burns. This means you wouldn’t pay any upfront fees. Further to this, you’d only pay for the services of your No Win No Fee lawyer if your claim was successful. But how do such claims work?

When you make No Win No Fee claims for sunbed burns with one of our solicitors, you’d have to sign an agreement. For example, a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). It sets out how much and when you’d pay your solicitor. Under a CFA, you would pay a success fee from your payout. It would usually be a small percentage of your total award or settlement. You would never pay more than 25% in success fees, as they are subject to a legal cap.

What if I don’t get compensation for sunbed burns – would I still have to pay?

Under a CFA, you would not be expected to pay any fees for your solicitors services, if they fail to obtain a payout for you. Should you have questions about making No Win No Fee claims for sunbed burns, or you’d like our help with claiming, please get in touch today. 

Could Our Team Handle Your Sunbed Tanning Injury Claim?

Our team has experience with the legal system and with making compensation claims that go back up to thirty years. There are few types of claims that our solicitors haven’t dealt with before and which they can’t handle. As a way of demonstrating our confidence in our solicitor’s abilities to take on and win cases, we allow our customers to receive legal advice from our team for free without having to sign up to make a claim through our solicitors. To speak to our team for this free advice and/or ask questions about your circumstances to find out if our solicitors can take on your case use the contact details listed in the section below.

Speak To Our Injury Claims Team About A Sunbed Burn

You’ve nearly finished our guide to tanning salon injury claims. Here, you can find out how to take action.

Our injury claims team will be the people you speak to if you want to ask for free advice. There are three ways you can reach them. By ringing them directly on our phone line which is operated 24/7 on 0800 073 8801, By requesting a phone conversation at a time of your preference with this start a claim page, or by sending an email directly to office@accidentclaims.co.uk.

FAQS on tanning salon claims and sunbed burn claims

Can I sue a sunbed shop for a sunbed burn?

If you suffer injuries such as burns while using a sunbed in a tanning salon, and the shop’s operators were negligent in some way, then you could be entitled to compensation for any injuries.

How long do I have to claim if injured in a tanning salon?

All personal injury claims have a 3-year time limit. The limitation period will generally start on the date you were injured whilst using the sunbed.

I got burnt on a sunbed – How do I prove the tanning salon was negligent?

Evidence is needed in personal injury claims to demonstrate what went wrong and who was to blame. Photographs and CCTV footage are a good way to show how you were injured. You could also ask witnesses for their details in case a statement is needed and medical records from your GP or a hospital could prove the extent of your injuries.

How much compensation for a sunbed injury?

Settlement amounts vary as they are based on the individual circumstances of each case. The level of award is generally based on the severity of your injuries so medical reports and an independent medical assessment will be used to establish this.

I got burnt on a sunbed – how do I treat a sunbed burn?

If you got burnt on a sunbed, how to treat a sunbed burn might vary depending on how severe it was. We would advise you to seek medical advice. That way, you can be sure you have the appropriate advice and treatment for your burn injury.

Can I sue a tanning salon for burns if I stayed on the sunbed too long?

You need to be able to prove that the tanning salon breached their duty of care towards you, causing you injuries. If you chose to stay on the sunbed too long, it’s possible that someone else wasn’t negligent. However, if someone else’s negligence meant you ended up on the sunbed for too long, you may be able to seek compensation.

If you would like to have a free case check to see if you can claim for a sunbed burn, please call our team.

How much would I get for a sunbed burn?

How much you’d get for a sunbed burn caused by a salon’s negligence could vary. The severity of your injury could affect your compensation. So too could any costs and losses incurred because of it. If you would like us to give you guidance on how much compensation you could claim, please call the team.

I got burnt on a sunbed and am under 18, can I claim for sunbed burns?

You wouldn’t be able to make your own claim until you turn 18. However, you could ask an appropriate adult to apply to be a litigation friend for you, to help you get compensation.

How could sunbed burns compensation be calculated?

Compensation for sunbed burns is often calculated by assessing the severity of the injury and the impact it has had on you. For example, while you were healing, you might not have been able to do the things you like to do, such as swimming.

This could be considered a loss of amenity (loss of enjoyment of life). Your pain and suffering and any long-term effects of the burn injury will also be assessed. All these could make up your general damages compensation payout.

As well as this, you could receive special damages, which compensate successful claimants for their financial expenses and losses caused by the injuries they sustained. These could include loss of earnings, medical expenses, and travel costs.

Should a sunbed salon clean the sunbeds regularly?

A sunbed salon should ensure that sunbeds are cleaned after each use. Poor hygiene in a sunbed salon could lead to customers picking up illnesses.

Who should not go for sunbed tanning?

According to the NHS, the people who may wish to avoid a sunbed salon might include:

  • Those with fair skin that doesn’t tan quickly or burns easily
  • People with a history of sunburn
  • Those with red hair or lots of freckles
  • People who have lots of moles
  • Those with medical conditions worsened by sunlight
  • People who have had skin cancer
  • Those with skin already damaged by the sun

You can read more about the safe use of UV sunbeds on the HSE website.

How much compensation can you claim for tanning bed burns?

If you’re wondering how much compensation you can claim for tanning bed burns, this would depend on how severe the burns were, and what the short–term and long-term impact is. For example, you may have suffered burns that led to severe scarring, which in turn could have caused psychological injuries. In some cases, tanning bed burns may have led to you needing time off work, which could mean you’ve lost out on income. Legal professionals would assess the impact on your finances, as well as the full extent of any physical and psychological injuries you sustained when determining compensation. 

Where can I find guidance on how much compensation you can claim for tanning bed burns?

The latest figures from the Judicial College Guidelines are included within the compensation table found in this guide. The latest figures were published in April 2022. Please note, however, that they only offer a rough guide as to how much compensation you could receive. 

What other tanning bed accidents could I claim for?

If a tanning bed at a salon was not cleaned and maintained correctly, this could lead to other tanning bed injuries aside from burns. Electric shocks or burns could occur in some cases if faulty wiring is left unrepaired. Other injuries could include cuts from shattered tanning bed bulbs, or even broken bones if the bed collapses. These are just a few examples of tanning bed accidents.

However, in order to claim, you must be able to prove you sustained harm as a result of someone else’s negligence.

To find out if you could have a claim for tanning bed accident compensation, please call our team. We would be happy to offer you free advice relating to your claim.

Essential Resources Relating To Sunbed Burns

In this last section of our guide to tanning salon injury claims, we’ve included some more guides you may find useful.

How Do Sunbeds Cause Cancer?  – a guide from Cancer Research UK

Are Sunbeds Safe To Use During Pregnancy? – an NHS guide relating to sunbed tanning during pregnancy

Are Sunbeds Safe? – an NHS guide relating to sunbed burns

How To Claim Compensation For A Burn Injury?  – A general burns injury guide which mentions sunbed burns

A Guide to Laser Hair Removal Burn Claims – head here for our guide to laser burn claims

Hairdresser Scalp Burns Accident Claims – click here to read about our guide to scalp burns.

Thank you for reading our guide to tanning salon injury claims and sunbed burn claims. Hopefully, you now have an answer to the question of ‘I got burnt on a sunbed, can I sue a tanning salon for burns?’