Just a few years ago, barbershops weren’t much of a thing in the United States and were considered somewhat a relic of the past. Today, barbershops have seen a resurgence in popularity in Philadelphia and other cities in Pennsylvania.
Furthermore, if you ask around what people do for a living, it may seem as if every third man is a barber or hairdresser. And let’s also not forget that there are many female barbers and hairdressers in hair salons and barbershops. Unfortunately, both male and female hairdressers and barbers can be negligent or careless when doing their job.
But can you actually sue a barber or hairdresser for your injury or harm caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of the barbershop’s staff? You may have a right to seek compensation, but doing so will be extremely difficult if you are not represented by a Philadelphia barbershop accident attorney.
Barbershop’s liability for injuries caused to customers
Here at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our premises liability lawyers know what it takes to hold a barbershop responsible for your injury. Proving negligence in the actions of your barber may be trickier than you think, because every barbershop is represented by a defense lawyer whose only job is to do his or her best to deny claims filed by injured customers.
Barbershops can be sued not only for their failure to exercise reasonable care when cutting hair and performing other procedures, but also for their failure to keep their premises in a safe and sanitary condition free of any hazards. For example, if a barber mops the floor but forgets to put the “Caution! Wet floor” sign, and this results in a slip and fall accident, the barber will be held liable for any resulting injuries and damages.
Common types of injuries suffered at barbershops
Other common types of injuries at barbershops and hair salons include but are not limited to:
- Burn injuries caused by improper use of heat and chemicals (e.g. applying excessive heat);
- Hair loss;
- Scalp injuries;
- Cuts, lacerations, and abrasions;
- Infections caused by poorly sterilized and cleaned hair instruments such as scissors, electric clippers, and other tools;
- Chemical burns caused by improper use of hair dyes; and
- Burn injuries caused by the use of excessively hot water.
Do psychological damages caused by a barbershop injury matter?
Depending on the type of injury that you suffered in a barbershop accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your psychological damage and emotional distress. A trip to a barbershop can cause severe damage to your physical appearance, something that you will have to live with for years, decades, or even for the rest of your life.
Your psychological damages should be taken into account when calculating the value of your personal injury case. After all, a barbershop accident and any resulting damage to your hair, face, or skin can cause life-long stress, depression, anxiety, social isolation, and many other types of psychological harm.
Do keep in mind that the barbershop where you sustained an injury will most likely minimize the value of your claim or attempt to deny your claim altogether, arguing that you contributed to the accident or assumed the risk. In that case, it is important to be represented by a Philadelphia barbershop injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected and that you will recover maximum compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to schedule a free consultation today. Call our offices at 215-543-7220.