Injured at the Beauty Salon, What Should I Do?


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Everyday, millions of women have various services performed at beauty salons. Hair cuts, dying, threading, manicures and pedicures, massages, and a host of other services are now available. While one rarely thinks about it, though, beauty salons are actually very dangerous environments. So what should you do if you are injured at the beauty salon?

From people hustling about with scissors, razors, and other sharp objects, to potentially dangerous electrical appliances near sinks, to all variety of chemicals, the potential for harm in a hair salon is astounding. The fact that more people are not injured each year is actually a testament to the professionalism and qualifications of those who practice in these fields. Still, accidents do happen and injuries can occur, and when they do at a beauty salon, they can range from merely embarrassing to deadly.

Among the most common beauty salon injuries are burns. People are routinely burned by curling irons, hair dryers, waxes, and harsh chemicals. These injuries are usually only minor, but in some instances have led to things like permanent hair loss, scarring, and the associated mental anguish that goes along with those conditions. Another common area of injury is to the back and neck, often when reclined into a sink for hair washing. Still others are lacerated by scissors or clippers, sometimes leading to fairly serious pain and bleeding.

In any of these events, one may have a claim for the injuries against the beauty salon for negligence. To prove this claim, one must show that the beauty salon and/or the individual employee(s) who caused the injury owed a duty to protect their customers from such injuries, that they failed to act according to reasonable standards of care to prevent such injuries, and that the plaintiff was injured as a direct result of this breach of duty. Damages can include compensatory damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering caused by the injury, and possibly even mental anguish. One may also have claims against the salon outside of simple negligence, such as a claim for wrongful hiring or retention if the person who caused the injury is shown to be unqualified or incompetent.

In some cases, one may also have claims against others outside of the salon. For example, if an injury was caused by a malfunctioning electrical appliance, like a sparking hair dryer or a dangerously designed curling iron, one may have claims for product liability against the manufacturer. The same would hold true if one is burned by a chemical application, like hair dye or a depilatory product. In those cases, one would need to show that the product was being used for its intended purpose in the intended manner but nevertheless resulted in injury to the plaintiff.

If you have been injured in a beauty salon, you should contact a local personal injury attorney to assist you with your claims. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and suffering. For a list of attorneys in your area that focus their practices on personal injury, please visit the Law Firms page of our website at HG.org.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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