I recently got a tattoo on my upper arm but unfortunately developed a skin infection soon after, my doctor says the infection was caused by equipment at the tattoo parlour not being sterilised properly, am I eligible to make a compensation claim for a tattoo infection?
You may be eligible to claim for a tattoo infection if you can prove that your doctor is correct and you contracted the condition from improperly sterilised equipment in the tattoo parlour.
Tattoo parlours are required by law to register their business with their local authority. This gives local government the power to inspect the premises to ensure the required standards of hygiene are being maintained and that staff are adequately trained.
Once your infection has been diagnosed, you are advised to make a complaint to your local council who will arrange for an inspection of the premises to investigate if the tattoo parlour is meeting the required safety standards.
Their findings will be important in your claim for a tattoo infection as the parlour could claim you developed the infection through your own lack of care after the treatment or they may have been responsible for a minor infection which you succeeded in making worse before visiting your doctor. If the investigation by the local council finds that poor safety standards are being maintained, it will greatly substantiate your claim for compensation.
In order to determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to, it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury solicitor as they will be able to calculate the potential value of your claim, taking into account the external variable factors such as the impact the infection has had on your life, the loss of income incurred as a direct result of your injury as well as your age and health prior to the accident.
Generally UK solicitors offer a free consultation service for personal injury claims and having reviewed your potential claim for a tattoo infection they may offer you ‘No Win, No Fee’ representation if they believe your compensation claim is strong enough, however it is important to remember that this does not guarantee success.
Although you will not be liable for your solicitor’s legal fees should you be unsuccessful with your claim for compensation, you may be responsible for other fees such as the legal costs of the defence which is why you should speak with a personal injury solicitor without delay to help you decide the best course of action to take with your claim.