One of the latest beauty trends is the hunt for long, Hollywood style eyelashes. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions and eyelash tinting may look and feel completely natural, but little research has been done on the long-term effects. Our eyes are very sensitive and the utmost care needs to be taken to avoid damaging them when receiving beauty treatments. Injuries to the eye can be extremely serious and even life-changing.

What are eyelash claims?

Most of the eyelash claims we see involve either eyelash tinting or eyelash extensions.

Eyelash tinting

This involves placing a special dye on the eyelashes to make them appear darker in colour and fuller, without the assistance of mascara. It is quick, cheap and relatively painless.

Eyelash extensions

Glue is attached to the synthetic eyelashes which are then afiixed to the natural ones. It is essential that the beautician accurately calculates the length of the extensions as well as the amount of glue to be used to avoid injury. In particular there is a risk that if too much tension is placed on the natural eyelashes, they may fall out and not grow back.

What can go wrong with eyelash treatment?

When eyelash treatment goes wrong it can cause significant medical problems. Among the injuries commonly suffered are:

  • Blurred vision;
  • Itchiness;
  • Inflammation;
  • Permanent hair loss;
  • Eye infection;
  • Swelling;
  • Blistering; and
  • Damage to the eye caused by fumes, products or tweezers.

Can I make an eyelash claim?

In order to make an eyelash claim for compensation we must establish that the beautician has made a mistake which no other competent beautician would have made.

The beautician may for instance have failed to inform you of the side effects of the procedure and all the known risks in order for you to make a rational decision about whether to proceed. Legal liability might also arise if precautions are not taken to avoid an allergic reaction. For example a patch test should be carried out a day or two before the treatment.

Other errors may include:

  • Gluing the eye together;
  • Gluing the eyelash to the upper lid;
  • Glue in clumps;
  • Scratches to the face or eye caused by tweezers.

Can I make an eyelash claim if I signed a disclaimer?

You may be able to make an eyelash claim even if you have signed a legal disclaimer. Signing a disclaimer does not mean the beautician is immune from having a claim made against them. They have a legal duty to ensure you are not harmed and that duty applies even if a disclaimer was signed.

How much compensation is my eyelash claim worth?

Obviously every eyelash claim is different. Compensation is individually assessed on a case by case basis and the amount you get will ultimately depend upon the severity of the injuries suffered and your financial losses. AHere are some broad some guidelines that the courts use:

Injuries suffered

Compensation

Description of injury

Minor injuries

A few hundred pounds-£600

Complete recovery within 7 days

Minor injuries

£600-£1,200

Complete recovery within 28 days

Minor injuries

£1,200-£2,150

Complete recovery within 3 months

Less Severe psychological injury

£1,350-£5,130

The amount of compensation provided will be determined by the extent to which sleep, and daily activities were affected, as well as the length of the period of disability.

Moderate psychological injury

£5,130-£16,720

An individual may have experience issues with regards to future vulnerability, their relationships, and their ability to cope with work and life.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

£3,460-£20,290

An individual will make a full recovery within one to two years and only minor symptoms will persist over any longer period

Minor scarring

£1,500-£3,090

Trivial scarring

Transient eye injuries

£1,930-£3,460

Injured person will have recovered completely within a few weeks

Minor eye injuries

£3,460-£7,650

Minor injuries such as being struck in the eye, exposure to fumes or being splashed by liquids, causing initial pain and some temporary interreference with vision.

These are very general guidelines, but if you provide us with specific details of your eyelash claim then we will be happy to give you a clearer idea of the compensation that is likley to be available to you.

Funding an eyelash claim

We deal with eyelash claims on a no win, no fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by making a claim..

How we can help

If you wish to make an eyelash claim then give us a call for a free case assessment on 0808 139 1592. If you prefer to deal by email then simply snd details to us at info@cosmeticsurgerylaw.co.uk and one  of our lawyers will get straight back to you.