Spa and beauty salons have always been popular among women, but an increasing number of American men are also indulging in relaxing and stress-relieving treatments and beauty procedures. Little do they know, a visit to a spa or beauty salon can leave you injured, with severe burns, hair loss, cuts, lacerations, or infection.
But when are spas and beauty salons liable for causing harm and injury to their customers? “In a nutshell, you may be entitled to recover damages when your injury at a spa or beauty salon was caused by negligence or carelessness,” says our Philadelphia spa and beauty salon accident attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
Types of beauty salon and spa injuries
When it comes to recovering damages after a spa or beauty salon accident, you might be entitled to prove the spa or salon’s liability regardless of the type of injury that you suffered. In fact, your injury does not necessarily have to manifest itself immediately at the spa, nail or hair salon, as some injuries may take hours or even days to manifest themselves.
These are some of the most common injuries that occur at spa or beauty salons in Philadelphia and elsewhere in Pennsylvania:
- Hair loss
- Scalp injuries;
- Cuts and lacerations;
- Burn injuries caused by chemicals during dyes, laser treatments, facial peels, and other cosmetic and beauty procedures;
- Burn injuries caused by contact with a hot hair tool;
- Wax burns;
- Disfigurement; and
- Back injury, neck injury, head trauma, fractured bones, and other injuries caused by slip and fall or trip and fall accidents.
Injured at a beauty salon or spa: Who’s liable?
Whether or not you have a right to sue a beauty salon or spa for your injury depends on whether your injury was caused by a negligent or careless act on the part of technicians or beauticians who perform procedures.
Under Pennsylvania premises liability law, technicians at beauty salons and spas have a legal duty to ensure a safe and sanitary environment free of any hazards for their customers and visitors, as well as to exercise reasonable care when performing procedures. A breach of these duties would amount to negligence.
For example, if you got a staph infection after a manicure, an experienced beauty salon and spa accident attorney in Philadelphia can help you prove that the technician failed to adhere to established standards of care when it comes to cleaning and sterilizing nail instruments prior to the procedure.
Types of negligence in beauty salons
Failure to properly sterilize and clean tools and instruments prior to procedures is not the only form of negligence that can leave you injured at a beauty salon or spa. Other negligent acts commonly encountered in salons and spas all across Pennsylvania include:
- Failure to select the appropriate treatment;
- Failure to test products to assess the risk of side effects;
- Failure to perform a treatment or use products as directed;
- Using expired, contaminated, or spoiled products;
- Using unsanitary and unsterilized tools;
- Using dangerous chemicals and substances; and
- Failure to remedy a dangerous condition that can cause slip and fall or trip and fall injuries.
More often than not, all of these negligent acts are preventable and are caused by the beauty salon or spa’s attempt to cut the cost of doing business. Luckily, with a skilled beauty salon injury lawyer by your side, you are more likely to seek compensation for your injury at a nail or hair salon or any other establishment providing beauty and cosmetic treatments.