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Compensation for Tattoo Injury

Please could you advise me if I would be able to claim compensation for tattoo injury by legal means, whereby I might receive some financial recompense for my suffering? I went to a local tattoo artist in my home town and was left with painful swelling which turned out to be an infection in my skin. My doctor says this was either caused by bad hygiene standards with regard to the needles or a reaction to the ink being used by the tattoo artist.

Question:
Please could you advise me if I would be able to claim compensation for tattoo injury by legal means, whereby I might receive some financial recompense for my suffering? I went to a local tattoo artist in my home town and was left with painful swelling which turned out to be an infection in my skin. My doctor says this was either caused by bad hygiene standards with regard to the needles or a reaction to the ink being used by the tattoo artist.

Answer:

If anyone such as you has been the recipient of undue pain and suffering with regard to professional tattooing, then a compensation for tattoo injury claim would be a perfectly normal course of action to take. Tattoos are a very popular and increasingly available form of body art enjoyed and admired by many people from all walks of life, cultures and from many geographical locations. There are many reasons that people have tattoos, such as cultural, religious, romantic, amusing, allegiance and many more.

Professional tattoo artists who make a living from doing this form of body art have an obligation to make sure that the environment and all the tools, equipment and inks that they are using do not cause any adverse side effects or problems to the person or people receiving the tattoo(s). However to claim compensation for a tattoo related injury or suffering is becoming more prevalent in our society as people become more aware of their right to hygienic non-infectious tattoos and that the high standards that we set for and expect from all tattoo artists has to be adhered to by them.

The reasons for claiming compensation for tattoo injury fall into three main categories:-

1. Unhygienic needles – If you have received any form of infection or health related problems occurring from the use of unhygienic needles by a professional tattoo artist then you are in a perfectly viable position to claim compensation for tattoo injury from that person. It is the sole responsibility of the tattoo artist to make sure they use hygienic needles and equipment at all times to ensure the health and safety of their clients, who are fully entitled to expect nothing less than this practice.

2. Reactions – If you have got an allergic reaction from the ink that has been used during its application or thereafter, you should look into the possibility of compensation for tattoo injury, as there is no good or logical reason for this to happen to a person, unless there are other medical or physiological factors involved with that specific client that can be proven by the tattoo artist involved.

3. Scarring – If you are or have been a recipient of either of the above conditions, or any other tattoo related complaints, you could be left with various levels of scarring to the skin. This can vary in severity and should be looked at, checked by and logged by a medical doctor. If this has happened to you, then you may be able to claim compensation for tattoo injury against the tattoo artist that was responsible for your scarring.

As you doctor has attributed your injury directly to the treatment you received at your local tattoo artist, it would appear that he has been negligent in his service to you and that you should be entitled to make a claim for tattoo injury compensation. It would be advisable for you to speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss how much compensation for tattoo injury you should be entitled to and the process for commencing a claim.