For most of us, a trip to the beauty salon is a pleasurable experience.
For others, the experience becomes nothing short of traumatic because of the injuries and infections they suffer. Patrons have suffered injuries and infections following common beauty treatments such as waxing, manicures, pedicures, and hair coloring. These injuries and infections are the result of:
- improperly performed beauty procedures
- unhygienic instruments
- recycled wax products
- unsanitary whirlpools
- unhygienic habits of the staff
Beauty Salon Safety and Sanitation
There are various ways in which a person can suffer an injury in a beauty salon or due to a beauty treatment. The most common injuries are burns, cuts, scarring, and infection. In Illinois, there are laws that require beauty salons and beauty parlors to implement safety and sanitation procedures and to use only licensed staff to protect their clients from injuries. Illinois law has specific regulations that apply to barbers, nail technicians, cosmetologists, and estheticians.
Common Types of Salon Infections
There are a wide variety of infections that may be flourishing in a salon environment. Salons are visited by a large number of clients each day, so they need to follow established cleanliness standards. Failure to do so can cause an infection to spread from one client to another or from the staff administering the treatment. Some infections that may result from poor sanitation are:
- athletes foot
- mycobacterium fortuitum
These communicable infections can cause illnesses, scars, and in worse cases, death.
Body Art and Tattoos
Body art such as piercing and tattoos are becoming increasingly popular and some novel treatments such as permanent makeup are also gaining popularity. In the U.S., almost 21 percent of adults have one or more tattoos. In Illinois, body art and tattooing is regulated in a similar manner as nail and hair procedures by the Department of Public Health. These procedures involve skin penetration, so there is a risk of infection from the tattoo dye as well as unclean instruments. Patrons can suffer blood bourne diseases such as tetanus and hepatitis if the equipment is not sterilized properly.
Recovering Damages for Salon Infections
Most beauty salons and parlors carry liability insurance to cover claims for injuries to clients. In the event that a person suffers an injury or infection from a beauty treatment, they can make a claim to recover appropriate damages. However, recovering damages may not be as simple as it may seem. The patron will need to prove that the infection or injury resulted from the beauty treatment. Speak with a Chicago personal injury lawyer about your case. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.