Recently I had my hair styled at a local salon, but the hair dye that was used caused a reaction and I developed a rash soon after, am I eligible to claim for an allergic reaction after a beauty treatment?
Your eligibility to make a compensation claim for an allergic reaction after a beauty treatment depends on the nature of the injury, the impact it has on your personal life and the severity and extent of your injury.
It is important to remember that a hair stylist must carry out a patch test within 48 hours of applying hair dye; this must be done for each new application. If your stylist failed to do this, they have been negligent and you may be entitled to claim for an allergic reaction after a beauty treatment.
You are advised to photograph your injuries and visit your GP who will prescribe any medication if required and make a note of your injuries in your medical history. These can both be used to support your compensation claim.
It is also recommended that you discuss the circumstances of your injury with a personal injury solicitor before you revisit the salon to record your injury in their ‘Accident Report Book’ as they may make you a direct offer of compensation.
Generally personal injury claim solicitors offer free consultation for potential claims, therefore you are advised to make a list of any questions you may have before you speak with them. Once your solicitor is fully aware of all the circumstances surrounding the incident, they will be able to advise how much your potential claim is worth which will prove very useful as you will be able to evaluate any direct offer made, against the potential claim to help you make an informed decision.
If you decide to pursue your claim for an allergic reaction after a beauty treatment further, your solicitor will write a ‘Letter of Claim’ to the salon’s insurers, they then have twenty-one days to acknowledge the letter has been received and a further ninety days to notify your solicitor whether they accept liability.
If they do not accept liability your solicitor will discuss the other options available to you and whether is it worth your while pursuing a claim for compensation, although it should be noted that initiating court action does not mean your claim for an allergic reaction after a beauty treatment will end up in court as the negligent party’s insurance company may wish to settle in order to avoid legal costs.