Laser hair removal has become more and more popular – and perhaps for good reason; in the majority of cases the procedure is effective and helps a person feel better about his or her own beauty. Unfortunately the beauty industry is seriously under-regulated. In fact, according to UK law, almost anyone can handle the tools and products required for a laser hair removal procedure, and this has resulted in many cases where things went wrong. The statistics speak for themselves – things do often go wrong. Here’s how to determine a technician’s negligence in a laser hair removal injury claim.

Not everyone is eligible

You should have a meeting with your beautician or technician before you undergo any laser procedure – you should discuss your medical history as some people carry a higher risk of injury than others. For example, a person suffering from Hirsutism (excessive body hair) often has an underlying medical condition – so whilst it may seem logical that this person would seek treatment for hair removal, the underlying medical condition may not make it advisable. Other people at risk may be people suffering from skin diseases or complex viral conditions. If you suspect you have a condition, you may want to consult your medical general practitioner first before committing to any laser hair removal procedure.

Adverse effects

You may be required to submit written consent before any procedure – and that’s where you have to be careful. The practitioner has the responsibility to inform you in advance about the adverse effects that may occur. These may include:

  • Itchiness

  • Redness of the skin

  • Infections

  • Burns

  • scarring

Making a claim

You may be able to make a claim if the technician or beautician did not follow the proper procedure or has been negligent. Examples include:

  • if the client has not been advised of all the possible negative effects

  • if the practitioner was not qualified or properly trained

  • if the equipment was faulty or not in good working order (bad set-up)

  • if the practitioner didn’t carry out a patch test

Whilst it’s true that the beauty industry is not regulated enough, it does not mean that there are no cases to be brought to those who are guilty of negligent behaviour. Your beautician or your technician still has the duty to have the customer’s interests in mind and to take due care to make sure everything happens the way it’s supposed to happen. Negligent behaviour is simply inexcusable, and if you have been a victim of such, you have the right to claim compensation for the injuries that have been sustained. Contact a legal professional and a laser burn lawyer today if you feel you are entitled to compensation for injuries that have been sustained due to negligence.

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