Unsterilized tools, unsanitary environment, the tattoo artist not wearing disposable gloves during the procedure and not washing his hands before the procedure… If this sounds like something bizarre and out of the ordinary to you, you will be surprised to hear that each year, thousands of Americans get injured when getting a tattoo.
Yes, we may sound like concerned parents trying to discourage their teenage children from getting a tattoo, but, unfortunately, there have been too many stories to deny the fact that tattoo parlor injuries do happen, and they are quite common in Philadelphia and all across Pennsylvania.
Injuries at a tattoo parlor
Nearly everyone has at least one tattoo nowadays, or so it seems. With the demand for tattoos increasing significantly year by year, it’s no wonder that the number of tattoo parlors have risen tenfold over the past decade or so. Unfortunately, with so many tattoo parlors and tattoo artists in the business, the risk of encountering one who fails to adhere to all safety standards and does his or her job negligently is extremely high.
“Not that we are trying to discourage you from getting a tattoo, but what you need to understand is that there is always a risk of being injured or harmed at a tattoo parlor,” says our Philadelphia tattoo parlor injury attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. “But do not get upset if it’s too late to warn you and you have already been injured while getting a tattoo. You have the right to recover damages if the tattoo parlor and the tattoo artist(s) working there failed to take reasonable safety precautions to prevent the injury or harm or were negligent while performing the procedure.”
Causes of tattoo parlor accidents in Pennsylvania
Not all tattoo parlor accidents occur in the process of getting a tattoo. In fact, you may get injured in a slip and fall accident at a tattoo parlor, the most common cause of injury at tattoo parlors in Pennsylvania. “Like any other owner or occupier of a property, the owner of a tattoo parlor has a legal duty to maintain his or her premises in a reasonably safe and sanitary condition free of any unreasonably dangerous conditions,” explains our experienced tattoo parlor injury attorney in Philadelphia. These dangerous conditions include but are not limited to:
- Wet and slippery floors
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate security
- Uneven or damaged flooring or carpets
- Chemical spills and
- Improperly maintained electrical cords, electrical equipment, and other pieces of equipment
Causes of tattoo injury during the procedure
However, there are many tattoo parlor injuries that can be caused by the tattoo parlor, or, more specifically, by his or her negligence or carelessness while performing the procedure:
- Using contaminated, defective, or unsafe ink
- Reusing needles
- Not washing hands or failing to properly wash hands before the procedure
- Failure to properly sterilize and sanitize tools and equipment before the procedure
- Exposing the client to the risk of a transmittable disease or illness, because the tattoo artist is the carrier
- Performing the procedure in an environment that does not meet sanitary norms
- Failure to review the client’s medical history prior to the procedure
- Failure to confirm the client’s age (it is illegal to tattoo people under the age of 18)
- Lack of training or qualification to perform the procedure
- Failure to wear disposable gloves and
- Failure to give adequate and reasonable after-care advice
Tattoo parlor injuries include but are not limited to: infections, allergic reaction, blood-borne disease, scarring, hepatitis, HIV, disfigurement, damage to the nerves and muscles; burns, strains, cuts, lacerations, abrasions, and many others.
In order to seek compensation for your injury at a tattoo parlor in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, you will need to collect evidence proving that the tattoo artist’s actions amounted to negligence or carelessness. Get a free consultation from our premises liability lawyers at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., by calling at 215-543-7220 today.