Most people don’t think about a visit to the salon being hazardous, and for good reason. The overwhelming majority of trips to the beauty salon begin and end without incident. However, if your stylist or the salon is careless, you can wind up with an injury.
Common Beauty Salon Injuries
Stylists at the salon work with numerous chemicals, hot wax, scalding hot towels and sharp instruments. Salon work involves close personal contact with clientele. If salon technicians are not properly trained or do not follow proper procedures, they can injuries such as:
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Chemical burns
- Eye injuries
- Fungal or bacterial infections
Additionally, since most salons have tile flooring, falls can be common if great care isn’t taken to clean up cut hair and spilled liquids on the floor.
The law expects salon technicians to observe proper sterilization procedures for instruments, follow product directions, and conductskin patch tests prior to chemical services. If stylists fail to take reasonable action to prevent harm to clients, the salon could be legally liable for damages.
What to Do If You’re Injured at the Salon
If you suffer an injury at the salon, do everything you can to document the harm. Photograph your injuries and obtain all records of your medical treatment and expenses. Know the name of the salon technician who caused your injury, and the service you were receiving when you were injured.
Most people find it helpful to contact a personal injury lawyer after an injury at the beauty salon. An experienced, local attorney is your best resource for determining if you have a claim for negligence. Your lawyer will help you assign a value to your claim and can negotiate on your behalf with the salon and its insurance company.