Recently I visited a beauty salon and used their sunbed for the first time. I wasn’t completely sure how to operate the machine and I subsequently suffered burning to my arms and legs, am I eligible to make a compensation claim for sunbed burns due to a lack of supervision?
As this was your first time visiting a beauty salon, you should have been shown exactly how to use the machine, if staff failed to complete this task, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim for sunbed burns due to a lack of supervision. The length of time you can spend in a sunbed depends on your skin type and staff should have informed you about this, you may also be eligible for compensation if the injury you suffered was due to faulty machinery.
You are advised to take photographs close up and from a distance in the immediate aftermath of the incident and it is also recommended that you seek professional medical care. A failure on your part to carry out either of these tasks could affect your eligibility to claim for sunbed burns due to a lack of supervision as there will be no evidence in your medical history that you received burn injuries. There will also be no visual evidence, which could allow the negligent party to dispute any claim that they are responsible for your injuries.
Once you have gathered the above evidence, you should contact a personal injury claims solicitor. Generally in the UK solicitors offer a free consultation service for potential claims, which means you will not be under any financial obligation to the solicitor if you have your claim for sunbed burns due to a lack of supervision evaluated.
A personal injury solicitor will be able to inform you about different factors you could incorporate into your compensation claim such as compensation for physical injury and loss of amenity where your injuries have ensured you are unable to participate in hobbies and social activities that were part of your life prior to the accident. You may also be eligible to claim for special damages and psychological injury if your burns have caused you significant embarrassment or anxiety, although the emotional trauma you suffered will have to be verified by a psychologist to be included in your claim.
You have three years from the date you first became aware of your injury – also known as the ‘Date of Knowledge’- to claim for sunbed burns due to a lack of supervision and as there are other factors which could affect your claim, it is recommended you contact a personal injury claims solicitor without delay to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries to which you are entitled.