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Can You Sue a Salon for Chemical Burns?

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When attending a salon, the last thing most patrons would expect is a serious chemical burn from skin products or other procedures. Unfortunately, this happens more often than one might expect. If you’ve suffered an injury of this type and you’re wondering “Can you sue a salon for chemical burns?” the answer in many cases is yes, so long as you hire the right chemical burn injury attorney for your case.

Preventing a Chemical Burn Injury at a Salon

Although few accidents can be prevented with absolutely certainty, there are certain steps one can take to reduce their own risk of being involved. For example, just as you might think to check your mechanic or doctor’s certifications, it is equally important to ensure that any professional beauty salon you visit is properly accredited and licensed to perform the services they’re offering. In the state of California, nail or beauty are governed by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, and must adhere to certain safety standards.

Before booking an appointment, it can be a good idea to check the cleanliness of the salon you visit in order to ensure that the workers are following adequate safety and cleaning procedures (while also providing services of an acceptable standard). If you aren’t comfortable with a salon’s cleanliness or professionalism, consider going elsewhere. Even when taking these steps, however, it is vital to understand that injuries and accidents can still occur at any salon.

What You Need to Know About Chemical Burns

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An important fact related to chemical burns is that the majority of injuries suffered in beauty salons are the result of caustic chemicals or sources of heat. While many salon injuries involve hot objects like hair dryers or curlers, they can also be caused by faulty equipment, contaminated chemicals, or improper procedures.

Many chemical burns are fairly minor and fall in the category of a first-degree burn. Common symptoms include pain, swelling or redness of the skin, and the formation of blisters. While minor chemical burns will have minimal long-term impacts, it is possible that more severe burns can cause greater harm, such as nerve damage or loss of vision.

What should you do if you have suffered a chemical burn or injury while visiting a salon?

The first and most important step is to receive medical attention for any injury you’ve received. In the case of chemical burns, immediate first-aid involves removing any clothing near the affected area and flushing the burn with plenty of water, while avoiding spreading the chemicals to any other unaffected areas. Contact 911 for anything more than a very minor chemical burn, as they may have medical advice about how to immediately and properly treat the injury. Be sure to follow up with your doctor to ensure proper recovery as well.

You should also keep a record of any treatments or services you’ve received so that you can establish a timeline of events. Perhaps you’ve suffered chemical burns from hair toner products or chemical burns from hair bleach during a trip to a beauty salon, or some kind of chemical burn from nail polish remover at a nail salon. If your injury was caused by negligence, you may be able to sue the salon for damages.

Other Possible Salon Induced Injuries

These are only a few examples of injuries that can occur at any time at nail and beauty salons. In one example of a nail salon infection lawsuit, a small cut led to an infection, which in turn eventually led to an amputated toe (and ultimately a successful lawsuit on behalf of the complainant).

When can you sue a salon for chemical burns and recover compensation for your injuries?

In the unfortunate event of a chemical burn injury caused by the negligence of a salon worker, it is in many cases possible to recover compensation with the right legal team. If you are searching for a chemical burn injury attorney, Avrek Law may be able to help. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our legal team has recovered more than $1 billion in over 10,000 personal injury cases – contact us today for a free chemical burn lawsuit consultation!

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