Visiting the hairdresser may seem like quite an innocuous task, and the vast majority of the time it is, but there is still the chance that an accident can occur which could leave you injured or damaged.
If this accident was not your fault, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim. While most hair salons and barbershops are not public places, and therefore accidents within them are not classed as accidents in public places, they are advised to have public liability insurance in order to cover them in case a customer suffers any number of accidental injuries. Even if they do not have such insurance, this does not prevent you from making a claim.
At Brown Turner Ross, we can help you make a personal injury claim and seek compensation from your hairdresser that your rightly deserve. Read on for more information on how we can help you with a claim against hairdressers specifically.
Can you sue a hairdresser?
Yes, you can sue your hairdresser if you are injured either by them directly or within their premises and it was not your fault.
However, suing a hairdresser can be somewhat complicated due to the variation that is frequently seen between different hairdresser employment contracts. Some hairdressers work within a premises and others travel to meet clients. Then, for the hairdressers that work within a premises, they could either be contracted full time or operating as a sole trader.
On top of this, the type of injury you receive and how you receive it will also have an impact on your claim. For example, if you were to be injured directly by your hairdresser due to their personal negligence when performing their work then your claim may be different to if you were to be injured due to a slip on an unseen hazard on the floor.
The best thing you can do is take as much evidence as you can from the scene of the injury so that when you have your consultation with our solicitors they can be as thorough as possible when ascertaining who should be held liable.
How do I sue a hair salon?
Suing a hair salon for a personal injury claim is somewhat similar to conducting any other form of personal injury claim whether it be a claim against the council or a claim against your employer. It will all rely on you being able to prove that you were injured due to the negligence of someone else in order to make your claim.
After seeking medical help and ensuring that you are healthy, then you should proceed to gather as much evidence as you can that will help your claim. While you may not be able to collect some of this evidence, such as CCTV evidence if the salon or barbershop refuse to provide it, anything that you can acquire will be a big help in getting your claim off the ground.
You should find out what the employment status is of your hairdresser as that will dictate how the claim proceeds and whether it is directed towards your hairdresser themselves or their business.
After instructing our solicitors at Brown Turner Ross to act on your behalf then we can begin our investigation and work towards consolidating all of the evidence that will be needed to win your claim.
What to do when the hairdresser ruins your hair
If your hairdresser has ruined your hair then you may be able to make a claim. These types of claims are not limited to typical physical injuries, if your hairdresser has misused a product on your hair and it has caused hair loss, patchiness, or brittle hair then you will still be able to make a claim.
On top of your physical pain and suffering, you should also take into account any psychological or emotional trauma that this has caused you. A lot of people take immense pride in their hair and damage that has occurred to their hair which was out of their hands can really take a toll on their mental health.
In order to prevent causing damage to clients, a hairdresser must perform certain safety tests regularly on their equipment and they must be appropriately trained for the tasks that they carry out.
For example, products that contain potentially harmful chemicals such as hair dyes must be tested through patch testing and hair strand testing. This will identify whether a client is allergic to any of the components contained within a product before it is fully applied to their hair.
As well as this, electrical appliances used within a salon or barbershop should be regularly tested to ensure that they are safe and fit for purpose. This is enforced by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations Act 1998.
There are many more ways that hairdressers are expected to keep their clients safe from harm. If you have any doubts that your hairdresser has been negligent and this has resulted in you becoming injured, then please get in touch with our personal injury solicitors at Brown Turner Ross.
Personal injury compensation solicitors
If you have been injured at a hairdressing salon, barbershop, or anywhere else at the hands of your hairdresser, and you were not at fault for your injury, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Our experienced personal injury solicitors can help you conduct any form of personal injury claim whether it be a hairdresser claim or a public transport accident claim. Simply get in touch with us today and get started with the process of making your claim.