Some people go to a hairdresser out of necessity, like they badly need a haircut. For others, visiting a hair salon is a pick-me-upper. It offers some therapeutic benefits. You can get various pampering services, from haircuts, shampoo, blow-dry, hot oil, perm, and other treatments that make you look and feel good.
But hair salons use and store many hazardous items, like sharp scissors and razors. They use blow dryers, curling irons, and hair straightening wands, perm machines and steamers. They also keep chemical solutions for hair straightening, perming, rebonding, and colouring. Any of these items can cause an injury if abused.
If you suffered an injury while visiting the hairdresser and it was not your fault, can you sue a hairdresser?
You probably can. But remember that pursuing an injury claim against a hairdresser is a long and complex process. The best thing to do is to seek legal advice. Knowing the steps in making a claim is to your advantage.
It isn’t easy to know where to start if you do not have a guide. There are several documents to produce as proof that the injury was not your fault. You may need to contact witnesses, show medical records, accident records, and more.
- Keep a record of your appointment with the hairdresser
Keep a diary and record the date and time of your visit. Recall as much detail as you can. If possible, include the name and address of the salon, and the name of the stylist. While you are still at the salon, find out and record the details of the treatment solutions used for your hair treatment. Write other information that may be useful, such as the length of your stay at the hairdresser’s, transcript of your conversation with the stylist when you discussed what caused the problem.
- Collect supporting evidence
You need to show plenty of evidence to support your injury claim. Take several photos of the injury. If your hair was damaged, keep the strands of damaged hair from your comb or hairbrush and store them in a clean, resealable plastic bag. Find photos of your hair before it was damaged. This will show the extent of damage your hair received after the treatment.
- Visit your doctor
If the injury needs medical attention, you must visit your doctor. Record your doctor’s appointment, like doctor’s name, clinic name, address, date, and time. Request a copy of the medical record.
- Contact a personal injury solicitor
Since you are making a personal injury claim, it is vital to have professional representation by a specialist personal injury lawyer. The lawyer can advise you on what to do and how to proceed. The legal practitioner can also tell you if your case is strong and likely to succeed. Look for a firm that works closely with doctors and trichologists.
- Consider to settle out of court
The better option for everyone concerned is to settle out of court. Taking the case to court is expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining for you and the hairdresser. Most legal advisers will tell you that settling out of court is an excellent option, whether the hairdresser is insured or not.
While your case is ongoing, do not go for any hair treatment to correct the damage. Any product may do more harm than good. Wait until after the assessment of the doctor and the legal representative.