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Have You Been Injured by a Skin Treatment…

The results from skin treatments such as chemical peels can be obvious and striking. If things go wrong the results can be highly destructive. Poor treatment can leave lasting scarring and unsightly pigmentation. The procedure essentially strips away the upper layers of the skin and in so doing removes sun damaged areas and fine lines, acne scars etc. It is this essentially destructive product that is at the heart of peel. It is the reason why a skin treatment claim is usually begun.

Firstly, it is essential that the beautician understands what the best and most suitable treatment is for you as a subject. This means that the correct type of chemical is used for your skin type. If not then side effects can manifest themselves as redness of the skin, allergic reactions, infections and even permanent scarring. 

How Do I Avoid a Poor Chemical Peel? 

The problem users of chemical peels and other treatments have to get over is that there is no registration of  technicians who are performing these treatments. That means that there is no National Guidance on standards or training. Essentially, it is impossible to know if the person you are entrusting with your appearance is a experienced and capable practitioner or a complete novice. An independent review into the regulations of cosmetic interventions has been commissioned by the Department of Health in England. It calls for the registration of people who are authorised to carry out these non-surgical procedures. For now though it would seem that you are very much on your own. Inevitably in such an environment, mistakes happen and serious injuries are inflicted. As with all such treatments it has to be remembered that the costs of the treatment may well be refunded promptly however, you are entitled to much more than this, you may for instance need future plastic surgery etc.  Call today to speak to a Solicitor specialist about your skin treatment claim.

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Is it worth pursuing a skin treatment claim?

The answer of course is entirely dependent on the seriousness of the injury.

In recent years the Judicial Studies College, who publish guidelines for compensation amounts for judges have indicated that the differences between male and female scarring should be reduced and everyone should get the same amounts, however, in practice it is certainly the case that the courts are much more sympathetic to female scarring. In simple terms if the long term damage is minimal and scarring is “barely noticeable” then there is likely to be an award between £1000 – £2500.00. In cases where the scars are visible on “close inspection” then you can expect between £3000.00 and £10,000.00, where the scarring is visible at conversational distances then £13,000.00 – £22,000.00. Disfigurement that is permanent is likely to be in the £26, 000 – £36,000 and the most serious cases up to £75,000. Ultimately this is just for scarring and doesn’t cover corrective surgery, psychological harm. loss of earnings and other expenses. 

The skin is more than just a cover for our organs, it is an organ in its own right responsible for multiple processes to keep us healthy.

To discuss whether you have a skin treatment claim and if it is worth pursuing you will first, need to contact a Solicitor who specialises in medical claims. These actions are usually complex in that they involve a lot of technical argument and knowledge of the biological processes underlying the injury. They also require a detailed awareness of what might be necessary to put the injury right. This could include corrective surgery, or reversal procedures administered by a plastic surgeon or cosmetic consultant doctor. Time may of the essence with scarring claims and that means often you will require an expert opinion very early on. You should also consider taking a regular photograph (perhaps daily) so that the progress of the injury can be monitored. Keep any receipts you have and any that you gather as a result of the expenses you incur. Your Solicitor will guide you about expenses and any loss of earnings.  

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Been Let Down through a Cosmetic Procedure…

It is fair to say that the beauty industry has undergone massive growth in the last 15 years with an annual turnover of close to £7 billion in income in the UK. Much of this income is generated from practitioners who have no qualifications and no or little experience in the industry. The situation is generally  improving towards regulating beauty therapists, beauty treatment establishments and businesses. However, it is also the case that there remains little in the way of a structure for that regulation or complaint. Many victims of bad treatment are therefore lost in the maze of what to do and often this leads to them trying to complain to the treatment centre often without any back up or real understanding of what they are entitled to. 

If you have been injured as a consequence of a treatment you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim. A solicitor will write to the clinic and get confirmation of the technical aspects of the claim, they will set out the complaint and ask for a preliminary disclosure of pertinent information such as the insurance company for the clinic and the status of the person performing the treatments. The clinic may at this stage make an early admission of breach of duty. 

The best beauty treatment can go horrendously wrong, the issue is not about a complaint its about damages and expenses, often it is about rectification by a plastic surgeon..

There are a great many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements.  You will see from our various pages, many of these agreements have hidden clauses. These tend to revolve around irrecoverable costs and insurance premiums. Not with our members though. We have a unique 20% deduction. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more. If you lose, then there is nothing to pay at all. Nobody out there that we know of offers a better deal. 

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Skin Conditions Subject to Cosmetic Treatments

Dermatitis describes a sort of skin irritation. Dermatitis is a common condition and it has many causes and also occurs in many forms. It typically involves itchy, dry skin or a rash on swollen, reddened skin. Or it may sometimes cause the skin to blister, crust or flake. Examples of this condition are atopic dermatitis (eczema), dandruff and contact dermatitis. Dermatitis isn’t contagious, but there is no doubt it is unsightly and irritiating it can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Moisturizing regularly it seems, does help control the symptoms however, only long term medicaiton can bring about a “cure” in many cases. Treatment may also include medicated ointments, creams and occaisionally specialist shampoos.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever as a sort of immune response. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and chest. Seborrheic dermatitis may go away without treatment. Or you may need many repeated treatments before the symptoms go away. And they may return later. Daily cleansing with a gentle soap and shampoo can help reduce oiliness and dead skin buildup.

Irritant Cosmetic Dermatitis This is the most common skin disorder that can be caused by cosmetics. The most frequent complaint is a rash and facial itching. Types of cosmetics that may cause irritant contact dermatitis include:• Facial cleansers: these often contain surfactants that are necessary to clean the skin• Toners and astringents: these may contain alcohol or acids such as alpha-hydroxyacid (AHA), which can cause skin problems in some people• Facial treatment: this involves the use of manual manipulation and application of chemicals on the skin, often resulting in exfoliation of the upper skin surface. Mild irritation is inevitable, but severe skin inflammation like dermatitis can occur Excessive or inappropriate use of any of these skin care products and procedures can cause skin irritation, especially in individuals with sensitive skin or underlying skin diseases.

Allergic contact dermatitis, which occurs less frequently than irritant contact dermatitis. It is often difficult to differentiate between the two by the appearance of the rash alone. Cosmetics ingredients that can cause skin allergy include fragrances, preservatives and sunscreens.

Cosmetic Induced Acne or pimples can usually occur in patients who have a past history of adolescent pimples. Some cosmetics, typically those such as foundation and moisturisers which are left on the skin for a long period of time, can cause comedones (“blackheads” or “whiteheads”) and inflamed pimples to appear.  Patients with cosmetic-induced pimples are treated as for ordinary pimples, i.e. appropriate creams/gels with or without oral medication, depending on the severity.

Hair-dye allergy is one of the most common causes of cosmetic dermatitis in men and women. Some people are able to dye their hair initially without any problem, but may suddenly develop an allergy to the dye after repeated use. The face, ears and neck are often affected.  The substance in hair dye that often causes an allergy is para-phenylenediamine (PPD). It can be found in almost all brands of permanent hair dyes. Those who are allergic to PPD hair dyes must avoid all synthetic chemical hair dyes. The only suitable substitutes are henna, a vegetable dye, or metal pigment dyes. Sunscreens protect our skin from sun damage. However they can also cause skin problems. Besides being sold commercially as sun-blocking agents, they are also incorporated into numerous cosmetic products such as lipsticks and facial foundation. Sunscreens can cause irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and photoallergic contact dermatitis. Photoallergic dermatitis differs from allergic contact dermatitis, as the rash occurs only after the skin comes into direct exposure with the combination of the allergic substance and sunlight. 
All chemical sunscreens have the potential to cause photoallergic dermatitis. Physical sunscreens, which contain metal elements, such as titanium dioxide, do not cause this problem. Consult a dermatologist for a skin patch test if you suspect that you have sunscreen allergy. After the patch test, your dermatologist should be able to advise you on the type of sunscreen that you can use.

There are many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements. We have a unique 20% deduction agreement with our members. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more. If you lose, then there is nothing to pay at all. Nobody out there that we know of offers a better deal. 

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