Waxing provides long lasting results and leaves the skin feeling smooth and exfoliated. It is therefore no surprise that waxing is a popular choice for people who wish to remove unwanted hair. The procedure removes hairs from the root by applying a wax onto the skin which enables the hairs to be pulled out. Due to its popular nature, waxing is relatively cheap but it carries a risk of injury. 

What can go wrong with waxing?

Common injuries include:

  • Damaged hair follicles;
  • Burning of the skin;
  • Scarring;
  • Infections;
  • Swelling;
  • Ingrown hairs;
  • Itchiness of the skin; and
  • Allergic reactions.

Can I make a waxing claim?

In order to make a waxing claim for compensation we will need to show that the beautician or the clinic, spa or salon from which they operate are at fault.

Fault can arsie in a number of ways. They may for example have failed to inform you of the side effects of waxing and all risks involved. Or the procedure itself may have been carried out incorrectly. For instance the wax applied should not be so hot that it burns the skin or causes it to blister. Alergic reactions can also result in a waxing claim being made. New clients should always be offered a skin patch test to check for possible allergic reactions and failure to do so could lead to legal liability if an alergic reaction is then suffered.

What should I do if my waxing treatment goes wrong?

If your waxing treatment goes wrong you should report this to the beautician and the clinic, spa or salon where it was carried out. We will also need to consider:

  • proof that the beautician, clinic, spa or salon is suitably insured;
  • photographs of the injury;
  • any relevant medical records;
  • a copy of any written complaint; and
  • any documents relating to the treatment such as the receipt, a disclaimer or any correspondence.

Can I make a waxing claim if I signed a disclaimer?

People are often asked to sign a legal disclaimer befor undergoing treatment, but if you did so do not let this put you off making a waxing claim. Signing a disclaimer does not mean the beautician, clinician, spa or salon icannot be sued if they have caused you injury. Our lawyers will be able to advise you on the steps to be taken if a disclaimer was signed.

Are there time limits for making a waxing claim for compensation?

Yes, there are strict time limits for making a waxing claim. You must issue court proceedings within three years of either the date of the treatment or the date you first knew that injury had occured. We therefore suggest that you call our free beauty treatment helpline as soon as you suspect there is a problem.

How much is my waxing claim worth?

Every injury case is different and the compensation award is tailored to reflect the specific injuries and losses that each victim incurs. however to give you an idea of what your waxing claim could be worth here are some guidelines:

Injuries suffered

Compensation

Description of injury

Minor injuries

From a few hundred pounds to £600

 Full recovery within 7 days

Minor injuries

From £600 to £1,200

Full recovery within 28 days

Minor injuries

From £1,200 to £2,150

Full recovery within 3 months

Dermatitis and other skin conditions

From £1,500 to £3,460

This includes Itching, irritation and rashes that resolve within a few months

Less Severe psychological injury

From £1,350 to £5,130

The award will reflect the degree to which the victim's life has been affected and the duration of the symptoms.

Moderate psychological injury

From £5,130 to £16,720

The award will reflect the degree to which the victim has beenable to cope with work and life.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

From £3,460 to £20,290

Where a full recovery is made within one to two years.

Minor scarring

From £1,500 to £3,090

Scarring that is regarded as trivial.

Call our free beauty treatment helpline for a more detailed appraisal of the likely value of your waxing claim.

How we can help?

We deal with waxing claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your waxing claim does not succeed, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.

For a free case assessment call our helpline and speak to our beaty treatment expert contact Carly Sylvester on 0808 139 1592 or send us details of your case via email at info@cosmeticsurgerylaw.co.uk