Laser Hair Removal Burns Compensation – How Much Can I Claim?

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Laser hair removal in recent years, has become a popular way of removing unwanted body hair and many beauty salons now offer laser hair removal as one of their services. All beauticians have a duty of care to their client no matter what treatment they are giving, to make sure that their client is safe from harm and that they get the outcome they are expecting. Unfortunately though, things can and do sometimes go wrong which may leave the client with an undesired effect or worse, with an injury.

Laser hair removal burn

Laser hair removal burn

With laser hair removal treatments, although small, there is a risk of sustaining a laser hair removal burn. There are a number of reasons why this may occur but in most cases it is due to the negligence of the either the beautician performing the procedure or the beauty salon where the procedure has taken place. Laser hair removal burns, although more commonly occur on the arms and legs, can happen to any part of the body including the face if being treated with laser hair removal.

If you have suffered a laser hair removal burn, you may be entitled to compensation. Legal Helpline are specialists in personal injury claims and has had lots of experience making compensation claims against beauticians and salons, please give them a call on 0161 696 9685 for free help and advice.

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A guide to laser hair removal burn compensation

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment with both men and woman and many salons now offer it as one of their services.

Although in the majority of cases the procedure will go to plan and the client will be happy, it doesn’t come without its risks. Any potential risks that having laser hair removal brings should be thoroughly discussed with the client before proceeding with the treatment to make sure they are still happy to go ahead. If the beautician performing the procedure fails to make any potential risks clear to their client and their client sustains a laser hair removal burn, then this would be classed as negligence on their part and the client could sue for damages. Or if the beautician fails to work the equipment correctly or doesn’t adhere to health and safety regulations in place, which results in their client being burnt, this will also be classed as negligence.

If this has happened to you and you would like to make a laser hair removal burn compensation claim but don’t know where to begin, then this guide will be of help. Included in this guide is a wealth of information such as how laser hair removal burns are treated, common types of negligence resulting in injury, how to start a compensation claim, how much might you receive in compensation, what can be included in your claim and much more. Reading through the guide should answer some of the many questions you may have, and for any unanswered questions, you can contact us at Legal Helpline for free help and advice.

What is laser hair removal treatment?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that removes unwanted body hair commonly in places such as, the arms, legs, underarms, back, bikini line, and face, usually the area above the top lip.

The hair follicles in the area where there is unwanted hair are targeted and exposed to the laser light in a pulsating motion which then destroys them. A specific wavelength of light and pulse duration is used to give the maximum effect on the targeted area, with minimum effect on any surrounding tissue.

Some of the benefits of laser hair removal are:

  • By using lasers, problem areas can be targeted without having any effect on the surrounding area.
  • Laser treatment is fast because each pulse of light only takes a fraction of a second to work and works on many hair follicles at the same time.
  • Although considered to be a semi-permanent form of hair removal, quite often, after several treatments, permanent hair loss is experienced making it the ideal treatment for unwanted body hair for some people.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are a number of side effects that may be experienced by some people such as, pink or redness on the treated area sometimes with a little swelling, and itchiness in the treated area is quite common too. Symptoms may last two or three days after which the treated area should return to normal.

What are the main types of laser hair removal?

There are five different types of laser hair removal that can be used with each one being recommended for a particular skin type to give the best results, these are:

  • IPL (Intensive Pulsed Light therapy) – Theoretically speaking, IPL is actually a laser, but it is one of the most popular hair removal treatments for light hair removal and so best for pale skinned clients with light hair. Instead of sending out a single beam of light like other laser treatments, with IPL, a whole spectrum of light is sent out. IPL isn’t as strong as the lasers and can be a little less effective which is why its best suited to light hair. It can be slightly cheaper too.
  • Alexandrite – Normally used for people with olive skin, Alexandrite uses a shorter wavelength with a fast rate of repetition and can cover larger areas so ideal for treating areas such as on the legs.
  • Nd:YAG – Particularly aimed at those with dark skin as it has an infrared wavelength that will go directly to the hair follicle, ignoring the melanin in the skin.
  • Diode – Although this works best for people with a pale to medium skin tone, it’s pretty much an all-rounder as it uses a variety of different wavelengths. The beautician carrying out the procedure can set it to the correct wavelength for the client’s individual skin tone and type.
  • Ruby – Ruby was actually the first laser for hair removal to be made and is best for those with fair skin. Ruby has a higher rate of absorption of melanin so is better on paler skin as it can cause some discolouration of darker skin. Normally with this type of laser you will be given a 24 patch test to check that it is okay for your skin tone.

How are laser hair removal burns treated?

Treatment of a burn will vary depending on the type and severity of the burn. In cases of a laser hair removal burn, these are usually first degree burns and can occur on any part of the body that has been treated. It is important to know how to treat each type of burn as treatment for one type of burn may not be suitable to another.

So, how to treat laser hair removal burns? A laser hair removal burn is normally a first degree burn which fortunately is the least severe. Symptoms of a first degree burn can typically include redness of the skin, slight swelling, slight pain and sometimes a bit of peeling of the skin after a day or two. These types of burns are what is known as superficial burns and only affects the top layer of the skin. Usually this type of burn can be treated at home but if over a large area or particularly painful, medical assistance may be required. If the skin was to be very painful and develop blisters, this could mean that the burn has gone deeper into the skin, and this now would be seen as a second degree burn.

If you have suffered laser hair removal burn and noticed it after returning home, in most cases you could treat it yourself by placing a cool compress over the affected area to cool it down. Ice however, should never be used as it could cause further irritation, also butter or oil should never be used as these can prohibit the healing process. The cold compress should be applied for around ten minutes which should help to calm any redness and swelling of the area. Applying Aloe Vera gel is also recommended for burns as it helps with the healing. First degree burns should show improvement after a couple of days but depending on the size of the area, can take up to twenty days to heal completely.

At any point, should the burn show any signs of swelling without improvement or infection, then medical treatment should be sought. With laser hair removal burn treatment, some burns to the face, hands, groin and feet may require medical attention immediately rather than self-treating.

Do laser hair removal burns go away? In most cases the answer is yes, eventually after a few days they should disappear, but occasionally, with deeper burns, some blistering and scarring may result and take longer to heal or sometimes may be permanent but fade.

Laser hair removal burns on the arms

Many people opt for laser hair removal for removing unwanted hair from their arms as in comparison to the traditional waxing as it is quicker and less painful. However as mentioned earlier, there are potential problems that can occur especially if the beautician is negligent in regards to health and safety and also if they fail to properly inform the client of the risks involved.

If you have sustained burns on arms after laser hair removal, and it was due to the negligence of the beautician or salon, you may be able to sue for damages.

Laser hair removal burns on arms can range from fairly minor to more moderate and can affect people in different ways. The burn may be due to the incorrect laser wavelength being used, or being exposed to the laser for too long in one area. Although the burns may be painful, most will heal over time but in some cases, blistering and scarring can occur, leaving the client in further distress.

If you have suffered burns on your arms from laser hair removal due to the negligence of the salon or beautician, contact Legal Helpline for advice on how to begin a compensation claim.

Laser hair removal burns on the legs

Laser hair removal on the legs is one of the most popular laser hair removal treatments among both women and men in the UK. Beauty salons that offer this as a service must ensure by law, that their staff are fully and adequately trained to operate the equipment used and to know how to correctly perform the procedure as it should be done, as they have a duty of care to their clients to keep them safe from harm to the best of their ability at all times throughout the treatment. The salons also have a duty of care to make sure that any associated risks with the treatment such as laser burns on legs, are explained in full to their client before any such procedure commences.

As the legs are a large area, a 24 hour patch test should be conducted first to check the treatment doesn’t cause any noticeable problems to the client’s skin.

If the beautician is not properly qualified or is negligent in some way and the client suffers from a laser hair removal burn to their legs, this could cause the client a great deal of pain and distress and they would be entitled to launch a claim against the salon or therapist for damages.

Legal Helpline can help you to secure the correct level of compensation that you deserve, just call them today to find out how.

Laser hair removal burns on the back

Laser hair removal on the back is particularly popular with men more so than woman and works in the same way as other laser hair removal treatments where the unwanted hairs are exposed to the laser light which destroys the hair follicles. The beautician performing the procedure needs to have had the correct and appropriate training to perform it correctly and safely to minimise any burns risks which should have initially been discussed with the client, and due to it being a large area, a 24 hour patch test should ideally be performed first.

If the beautician uses a too intense laser, puts it too close to the skin or leaves it on the same area for too long, this could result in the client suffering from a laser hair removal burn to their back and may need laser hair removal burn treatment immediately to prevent any further damage particularly as the back is a large area and so would be more painful than smaller areas.

If you have suffered with laser hair removal burns on your back because you were treated negligently, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim especially if you were not informed of the potential risks before treatment began. Contact Legal Helpline for guidance to maximise your chances of a successful claim.

Laser hair removal caused by negligence

Any beauty salons or beauticians offering a laser hair removal service must ensure that they are correctly qualified and competent at carrying out such procedures. In accordance with the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and specified health and safety rules and regulations, beauty salons have a duty of care to their clients to ensure they are in a safe environment at all times while on their premises or under their care. It is also their duty to adequately inform their clients of any potential risks that may be relevant to the treatment they are about to undertake so that the client can make an informed decision as to whether to proceed or not.

If a client suffers from a laser hair removal burn because the beautician carried out the procedure incorrectly or without due care and attention to detail, or perhaps the client was not warned of the potential risks of receiving laser hair removal treatment, then the beautician, or salon, may be found liable for the client’s injuries due to negligence.

If this has happened to you and you believe it was due to the salon’s negligence, contact our legal firm, Legal Helpline, for further help and advice as to whether you have a legitimate reason for making a compensation claim.

Side effects of laser hair removal

Although for the majority of people receiving laser hair removal treatment it is relatively safe and they do not suffer with any side effects and have a pleasing outcome, unfortunately for some people it can be a whole different outcome altogether. Whenever receiving treatment that carry’s a potential risk of things going wrong and unwanted side effects being a possibility, before going ahead with the treatment, all possible outcomes, especially the negative ones should be thoroughly researched.

Some of the more minor possible side effects of laser hair removal are:

  • Slight pink or redness around the treated area that will fade in a day or two.
  • Some swelling or slight irritation around the treated area.
  • The area being treated can sometimes become itchy during the procedure.
  • Some people may find it slightly painful or feel a tingling sensation around the treatment area. Numbing cream is sometimes used to help with this if a client is particularly sensitive.

Some of the more moderate to severe possible side effects of laser hair removal that should really be brought to the attention of the professional performing the procedure are:

  • If an area is over treated, irritation may occur that leads to slight bleeding and scabbing.
  • Patients who have sensitive skin sometimes experience bruising in the treated area.
  • All treated areas should be cleaned thoroughly before treatment commences, if not, there can be a risk of infection of the area.
  • Sometimes if the wrong type of laser for a particular skin type is used, or the laser equipment is operated incorrectly, the client can end up with burns in the treated area because the skin will absorb the heat from the laser rather than the hair follicle.
  • If the incorrect laser is used for a particular skin type, discolouration of the skin may occur, hyperpigmentation is darkening of the skin tone, and hypopigmentation id the lightening of the skin tone. People with darker skin are more at risk of this side effect if the machine is operated incorrectly.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do that will minimise the risk of side effects from occurring, such as:

  • Probably one of the most obvious things to do, is to research thoroughly when choosing the who is going to carry out the treatment for you to make sure they are properly trained and qualified in laser hair removal.
  • Look at all of the different options with your beautician to make sure the type of treatment you opt to have is suitable for your needs.
  • Before proceeding, the beautician should have checked your medical history with you in case there’s anything that they feel could affect the treatment, and they should have checked your skin type to ensure the correct laser is going to be used.
  • To further minimise any risks, make sure you have followed correctly any instructions given by the beautician before, during or after your treatment.

Common types of negligence leading to injury from laser hair removal

The most common types of negligence which could lead to injury during laser hair removal are:

  • The beautician uses the incorrect type of laser used for a particular skin type which may lead to burning or discolouration.
  • The laser is too strong.
  • They use the laser for too long in one area.
  • The beautician fails to check medical history for anything that could affect the outcome.
  • Rarely but possible, the wrong area is treated.

These acts of negligence commonly result in:

  • Burns and blistering
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Blotchiness and uneven skin tone
  • Laser burns on legs
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Slight bleeding and scabbing
  • Bruising particular on those with sensitive skin
  • Lowered muscle tone

Can I claim for blisters caused by laser hair removal?

If your skin has blistered during or after laser hair removal and it is the result of the negligence of the beautician or salon performing the procedure, then you should be able to make a compensation claim. Contact a personal injury solicitor at Legal Helpline for further advice.

Can I claim for burns caused by laser hair removal?

In short, yes you can if you can prove that the beautician or salon acted in a negligent manner resulting in your laser hair removal burn.

Can I claim for scars caused by laser hair removal?

In most cases yes you can. Although scarring is potentially a side effect, scarring would normally only occur if the laser machine hadn’t been operated properly or if you hadn’t been sufficiently informed of any aftercare you could have done to prevent any scarring occurring. Call Legal Helpline for more help on this matter.

Can I get cancer from laser hair removal?

Although you could possibly experience some side effects such as redness, blistering and scarring or skin discolouration, there is currently no research to suggest that cancer may develop due to the light used for laser hair removal.

What can you claim after burns caused by laser hair removal?

When making a laser hair removal burn compensation claim, there are a number of items you should include, such as:

  • General Damages – These cover the physical and mental suffering you have had to endure as a result of your injury.
  • Medical Costs – Keep receipts of an any medical costs that you have incurred as a direct result of your injury as these can be included in your final claim award.
  • Travel Costs – Any extra travelling costs that you have incurred because of your injury, such as traveling to and fro GP appointments, parking etc, can be added into your claim.
  • Loss of Earnings – Any wages lost due to having to take time away from work because of your injury can be reclaimed in the compensation award. This also includes any potential future earnings that may also be lost.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed care and help because of your injury, than the person looking after you can also pit in a claim.

By using a reputable personal injury claims firm, you can be sure that anything that can be added into your compensation claim will be thought of and included to give you the maximum possible payout award.

How much could my laser hair removal burn claim be worth?

Every laser hair removal burn compensation claim will be different as there are numerous factors that will affect the final amount awarded, the main one being how severe the injury is, the higher payments will be for the most serious injuries. But also the claimant’s own costs and expenses, job and lifestyle will also affect the figure as for example, someone who drives may pay less in travel costs to their GP than someone who needs to take the bus, or one person’s loss of earnings could be double that of someone else’s. Also the mental anguish a laser hair removal burn could cause will differ from one person to the next.

Although we cannot give a definitive answer to this question for the reasons mentioned above, using a personal injury claims calculator we can show the average payout amounts claimed by those who have suffered from a laser hair removal burn in past cases.

Reason For CompensationAverage Payout AmountComments
Mental anguishUp to £4,100Anxiety and stress as a direct result of the injury
Pain and suffering£1,500 - £225,000This amount represents the level of pain and suffering experienced.
Minor injuriesUp to £600Full recovery expected after 7 days
Minor injuries£600 - £1,200Full recovery expected after 28 days
Minor injuries£1,200 - £2,150Full recovery expected after 3 months
Facial scarring Moderate - Severe£15,750 - £85,340Where the scarring is significant and mental distress present to scarring being very significant and permanent and, particularly in younger people, mental anguish very bad as a result.
Facial scarring Minor -moderate£1,500 - £26,380Scarring that is trivia, to scarring that can be covered with special camouflage make-up, to scarring that can be significantly reduced with plastic surgery.
Scarring to hands, arms, legs, back, chest£6,870 - £19,930The award will depend on the severity of the scarring and the size of the area of scarring.
Loss of Earnings£10,000 - £500,000Each award will be individual to the claimant’s salary.

This table is just to give an idea of what may be possible when you make a laser hair removal burn compensation claim, call Legal Helpline for more information.

No Win No Fee laser hair removal burn claims

One of the benefits of using Legal Helpline to make your compensation claim is that we offer a No Win No Fee service which basically means that you only have to pay legal fees if your case is successful and we will only ask for that payment when your compensation has been received. Also, the fees amount will be a small percentage (maximum of 25% by law) of the payout amount and so you finances will not be negatively affected at all.

We will never ask for any upfront payments or any other payments during the claims process and so you can be safe in the knowledge that your finances will not be affected or be at risk in any way. If, in the unlikely circumstances, we were unsuccessful in securing you a compensation award, you will not be asked to pay anything at all.

With our No Win No Fee service, you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Why make your laser hair removal burn claim with us?

Legal Helpline are a well- respected reputable personal injury claims specialists that have been in the industry for many years. We have plenty of experience in cosmetic treatment compensation claims and so really know what we are doing and do everything to the best of our ability resulting in many, many successful claims and very happy clients, our feedback record proves this.

Our sole aim is to get our clients the justice they deserve by being awarded the maximum payout possible for their injury. We work quickly and efficiently and are extremely thorough in our research for evidence that will support the claim in court. We always keep our clients informed on the progress of their claim but without being intrusive on their private time.
By choosing Legal Helpline you can feel rest assured that your claim is in the very best hands and so you can then relax and concentrate on your recovery.

Speak to legal helpline today

If you would like us to take a look at your case for you, just call us on 0161 696 9685. A member of our team will answer your call and after an initial few questions, will offer you a free consultancy session with a personal injury lawyer.

During this session, you have the chance to ask any questions you may have regarding making your claim, and we can also get some information from you to assess if we believe you have a legitimate claim. Once satisfied that your claim is legitimate, and with your go ahead, we can then set the wheels in motion and begin gathering any evidence we need to eventually get your case to court. As part of the evidence, we may possibly offer you a free local medical if we felt this could be of any benefit, but this would be discussed in more detail later on if that was the case.

Call us today on 0161 696 9685.

Useful Links

Beauty treatment claims guide

A detailed guide to making a claim for compensation for those that have suffered injury from a beauty treatment.

Hair damage claims guide

If you’ve suffered burnt and damaged hair during a laser hair removal treatment this guide provides more information on hair damage claims.

Laser hair removal guide

This is the NHS guide on laser hair removal and gives plenty of information regarding what the procedure involves, any preparations required and aftercare needed, and also includes information on the potential risks involved.