By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 29th January 2024. If you have suffered burns from a sunbed, you may be wondering if you could be eligible to receive compensation. In order to have a valid personal injury claim, you would need to prove that your injuries were caused by the salon breaching their duty of care.
Within this guide, we will share the duty of care that salons owe you and when you may be eligible to make a claim for your sunbed burns. Additionally, we will discuss the evidence that you could gather to help support your case. We will also provide information on how compensation is calculated for successful personal injury claims. Finally, we will discuss how one of our solicitors could help you with claiming compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.
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- The Criteria To Claim For A Sunbed Burn
- What Evidence Can Help Prove I Suffered A Sunbed Burn?
- Sunbed Burn Injury Compensation Claim Amounts
- No Win No Fee Claims For Sunbed Burns
- Essential Resources Relating To Sunbed Burns
If you have suffered sunbed burns that you believe were the fault of the tanning salon you visited, and you wish to make a personal injury claim, you would need to meet certain eligibility criteria to valid grounds to proceed.
First, you need to prove that your sunbed burn is the result of someone else breaching their duty of care towards you. Per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the party in control of a public space must ensure that visitors are reasonably safe while using the property for its intended purposes. With regard to a tanning salon, this could include ensuring that tanning beds are appropriately maintained, and working at a responsible watt and temperature.
However, a breach in duty of care alone is not enough to form the basis of a valid claim. You also have to prove that the breach caused your injuries, such as burns. Together, a breach of duty causing harm is known as negligence. If you can prove that negligence occurred, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for free advice and guidance. Our advisors would be happy to check your eligibility to claim.
Claim Time Limits For Sunbed Burns
If you have been burnt from sunbeds, as with any personal injury claim, you’ll typically have three years from the date you were injured to take action. The limitation period is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980.
A litigation friend, who can be anyone appointed by the court, may also start a claim on the behalf of someone lacking the mental capacity to make their own claim. The time limit is also suspended in these circumstances unless the claimant becomes mentally capable of beginning their own claim.
Whatever time limit applies to your sunbed burn claim, it would be in your best interest to act as soon as possible to prevent the claim from being statute-barred. If you are working with a personal injury lawyer, they can let you know what time limit applies to your circumstances.
Speak to our advisors at any time and they could connect you with one of our experienced No Win No Fee lawyers.
Not every burn from a sunbed could lead to a successful claim. You would need to prove that you were burnt on a sunbed because of someone’s negligence to be eligible to make a claim for a sunbed burn.
In order to make a successful personal injury claim, you will need to provide evidence of your injury and the negligence that caused it. Some examples of evidence include:
- Photographs of the sunbed burn
- Evidence of you having sought treatment e.g. a medical report
- Witness statements
- Photographs of what caused your sunbed burn
Further to this, if you’ve suffered financial harm from being burnt on a sunbed, such as losing out on income, you would need to evidence this. Payslips and bank statements could help with this.
Should you wish to get an idea of whether you have enough evidence to make a claim for a burn from a sunbed, please call our team. Our advisors can provide free legal advice on all aspects of personal injury claims.
If you successfully claim compensation for sunbed burns, your payout could include general damages and special damages.
General damages provides compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Those calculating this head of your claim may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) as guidance.
The JCG provides guideline compensation brackets for different injuries at various severities. Below, you will find figures from the 16th edition of the JCG, published in 2022, aside from the first figure. However, this is only guidance. The amount you could receive would depend on the unique circumstances of your case.
|Multiple serious injuries with financial costs and losses.
|A combination of serious injuries that cause significant pain and suffering, and lead to costs and losses such as lost wages, corrective treatment, and travel expenses, for example.
|Up to £100,000+
|Burn injuries. How much of the body is burnt will affect the amount awarded.
|Likely to exceed £104,830
|A large number or scars or a single noticeable scar with a severe disfiguring effect.
|£7,830 to £22,730
|A single noticeable scar or multiple scar anywhere on the body with minor cosmetic effects.
|£2,370 to £7,830
|Very severe facial scarring
|Typically younger more sensitive claimants fall into this bracket where psychological impact is great
|£29,780 to £97,330
|Less Severe facial scarring
|There is a substantial disfigurement and a significant psychological reaction.
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Significant facial scarring
|Worst effects reduced through plastic surgery, but some cosmetic disability remains.
|£9,110 to £30,090
|Less significant facial scarring
|A number of very small scars or a singular scar that do not markedly affect appearance.
|£3,950 to £13,740
|Trivial facial scarring
|The effect is only minor.
|£1,710 to £3,530
|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
As mentioned, your claim could also result in compensation under the head of claim known as special damages. This compensates you for the monetary costs and losses incurred due to your injuries.
These costs and losses could include:
- Loss of earnings – You may have lost out on pay if you had to take time off due to your injuries.
- Travel expenses – You may have incurred travel costs if you’ve needed to pay to get to medical appointments, for example.
- Medical expenses – You might have had to pay for prescription medicines due to your injuries, for example.
You will need to provide proof that any costs and losses incurred were directly caused by your injuries. Documents, including receipts and payslips, could be useful in this regard.
If you would like a personalised estimate of your compensation for a sunbed injury or have questions about claiming, please contact an advisor.
If you have suffered injuries due to being burnt from a sunbed and you meet the criteria to make a personal injury claim, you could seek support from a solicitor. Our advisors can assess your claim, and if they think you have a strong case, they could connect you with one of our experienced solicitors.
Additionally, they may offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis with a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under such an agreement, you won’t be required to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for the solicitor’s services. Furthermore, if your claim is unsuccessful, then you won’t be required to pay your solicitor for the work they have provided.
If your claim is successful, then a success fee will be paid to your solicitor. This is a small and legally capped percentage taken from the compensation awarded to you.
For more details about making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor, please contact our advisors:
- Call 0800 073 8801
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Welcome to 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 your questions. For example. ‘I got burnt on a sunbed, can I sue a tanning salon for burns?’