I would like to know if I am eligible to claim compensation for being burned on the scalp in a hair salon after I was burned by the hairdryer while the stylist was drying my hair.
The nature, extent and severity of the injuries you have sustained are all factors that can affect your eligibility to claim compensation for being burned on scalp in a hair salon.
The stylist drying your hair is responsible for your safety, if they are inadequately trained for the job they are doing or display negligence while they are drying your hair which leads to injury, you may be entitled to make a hair salon compensation claim.
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, your first priority should always be your health. Therefore you should visit a doctor or GP as soon as possible, this will ensure you limit the extent of your injury and will also prevent the hair salon from arguing that your injury was not serious enough to warrant professional medical attention. Your doctor will make a note of your injuries in your medical history which can also be used as evidence to support your potential injury claim for a hair salon burn.
When you have tended to your health, you are advised to speak with a personal injury solicitor. In order to build a strong hair salon compensation claim, substantial evidence will be required. A personal injury solicitor will have the expertise to guide you in obtaining the necessary evidence required to help build a strong claim for compensation for being burned on scalp in a hair salon. For example, photographs of your injury as well as contact details of any witnesses of the incident could be very useful. You should also make a record of the injury in the salon’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and retain a copy for your own records.
When the incident is recorded in the ‘Accident Report Book’ it is likely the salon will have to alert their insurance company about your scalp burn as it may be stipulated in the terms and conditions of their policy.
You may receive a direct offer of compensation from the insurance company soon after, however you must be vigilant in this instance as you risk being undercompensated for your injury claim for a hair salon burn if you accept the offer. The impact of the injury on your long-term health may not be known and the negligent party’s insurer’s will not take this into account in their compensation offer, therefore you are strongly advised to refer any direct offer of compensation to your personal injury solicitor.
He or she will be able to give you a full evaluation of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive once all the circumstances of the injury are taken into account, furthermore he or she will be able to tell you if the direct offer of compensation is likely to leave you undercompensated in your claim for compensation for being burned on scalp in a hair salon.