Laser hair removal treatment has become very popular, for several reasons. The good news is that, in general, the method is quite safe and has longer effects than the more traditional methods. The bad news, however, is that since 2010, the beauty industry – especially concerning IPL (Intense Impulse Lasers) has been deregulated, meaning that most anyone (from any background and without any specific training) is legally qualified to perform the procedure.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that there has been a rise of damage and personal injury claims due to laser treatment. If you’re worried that it may happen to you, or if you have sustained an injury due to laser treatment, then this one’s for you: here are the complete ABCs of laser hair removal treatment injuries – and what to ask for compensation.
Before the procedure
Make no mistake – despite the fact that the industry is deregulated, it should still be considered ‘surgery’ as there are permanent modifications to your body. There are a few things you should expect to receive prior to the procedure:
- Pre-treatment care – what should you do before the treatment?
- Explanation – what is the treatment all about?
- Expectations – what can you expect after the treatment?
- Tests and consultations before the procedure – are you allergic to any treatment? Do you have specific medical conditions?
- Post-procedure tips and hints – what should you do after the treatment?
Why is it important?
Although the failure of the technician to provide you with the above information is not necessarily proof of liability in case something goes wrong, it does mean that the therapist failed to follow proper procedure – which is always useful when claiming liability in your favour.
Making a claim – what you can recover
What you can recover depends largely on your particular situation, but here are the basics:
- Cost of any treatment to remove or reduce scarring
- Cost of any cosmetics in order to reduce the visibility of scarring
- Cost of the original treatment, such as treating burns from laser hair removal
- Loss of income as a result of the scarring
- Any and all financial losses incurred due to the original treatment and its results.
It’s important to understand that making a claim is not just about you or your injuries. Yes, of course your main motivation should be to make your suffering more bearable, and some compensation goes a long way to achieve that. However, there’s more at stake. It’s also about making sure that the same mistakes don’t happen to other customers, and that the industry is held accountable for the mistakes that were made. It’s about making things right – and about taking back of control, ensuring things are done the proper way.