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What is a piercing injury claim?
With body piercings becoming increasingly popular in recent years, our piercing injury solicitors have worked with a growing number of clients who have been claiming compensation for piercing injury claims. While infected piercings can be an associated risk of choosing to have piercings carried out, if you have suffered from further or long-term injuries as a result of piercings, such as nerve damage, or contaminating blood disease such as Hepatitis C, you could be eligible to make a no win no fee piercing injury claim to achieve the justice and financial compensation that you deserve.
Our no win no fee solicitors specialising in piercing injury claims are here to help today, allowing you to make your piercing injury claim at no financial risk. If you are looking to speak to a piercing injury solicitor on a free no-obligation basis, do not hesitate to get in touch with our piercing injury solicitors online here.
Can I make a claim for personal injury from a piercing?
Yes. If you have had a body piercing and something went wrong, resulting in a personal injury, then you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the body piercer directly.
Any claim for personal injury compensation would be dealt with by the piercing studio's public liability insurance, if they have one in place. If the injury was in the last 3 years, and was caused as a result of the piercer’s negligence, then give our personal injury compensation solicitors a call, and we will be more than happy to walk you through the process of making a claim for body piercing compensation.
Which types of piercings cause injury?
Any part of the body that you can think of, or point to, a body piercer will no doubt be willing to pierce that body part for you. From the most common areas to be pierced, such as ears, noses, and eyebrow piercing, over the last decade or so, the world of piercing has become more adventurous with piercing salons appearing in every town, and more and more choices available to the customer.
According to a recent survey, the 10 most painful areas of the body to be pierced are listed below, and our personal injury solicitors have detailed some of the risks of personal injury that we have come across with that sort of piercing:
1. Lobe/Upper Lobe Piercing Gobe Wrong
Not many people have their ears pierced before they reach their early teens. The ear lobe is the most popular piercing and is deemed acceptable for most working environments, and is relatively risk free. Still, as with any piercing, if the piecing studio's equipment is not hygienically cleaned, and sterilised, then infection can occur. MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors don’t come across many injuries from this kind of piercing, other than when clients have ripped the piercing out, by catching it on an item of clothing or hairbrush.
2. Botched mid-way helix piercing
Placed just above the upper lobe is the first cartilage piercing. Another commonly accepted piercing, and one that isn’t too adventurous, with easy after care. Again, like the lobe piercing, whilst an easy area to clean, infection can occur if the piercer has not used sterile equipment, or latex gloves while carrying out the piercing.
3. Nose Piercing
Often described as being extremely painful, nose piercings are more common now than ever. A hard piercing to keep clean, our team often see clients with infection after a nose piercing due to either poor aftercare, or the piercing studio having had difficulty disinfecting the inner surface of the nose. Normally there would be no issue with regards to potential infection but once the skin is pierced and they are exposed to blood the risk begins to rise. One of the main causes of personal injury when having your nose pierced, can be the error of the piercer, and the hole may be too big, in the wrong place on your nose, or simply rip; or a lack of informed consent to the piercing procedure, where you are not made aware of the risks involved
4. Tongue Piercings gone wrong
Tongue piercings are more complicated than many people realise. There is a large artery found down the centre of the tongue, and the piercer has to be extremely diligent, and steady-handed when carrying out a tongue piercing, in order to avoid what can be a life-changing personal injury. Injuries when piercing a tongue can include not just hitting an artery or, as is common with any piercing, an infection, but also injury to the gums, or damage to the teeth, including chipping of the teeth, requiring cosmetic dental reparation work. Clients have been known to choke on their own saliva, or have difficulty eating as a result of a tongue piercing gone wrong.
5. Bellybutton piercing infection
Bellybutton piercings are more common than ever, but, as with any piercing, infection is a very real possibility. There’s the risk of infection from the needle making a hole in the stomach, and the belly button tends to be covered up and warm; introducing an open wound can create a habitat for bacteria to thrive and cause a nasty infection. MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors have also won compensation for clients who have been injured when the piercer uses an unclean needle, or doesn’t disinfect the area to be pierced, prior to piercing you. With bellybutton piercings, it would be classed as negligence it the piercer does not provide information on how to care for your new piercing, and you become infected, or if you do not sign a consent form, advising you of the risks involved.
The conch part of the ear, named due to that part of the ears resemblance to a shell, is another piercing where the needle must puncture the ears cartilage, and infections, if the procedure is not carried out in a hygienic environment, are prevalent. Minor infections, allergic contact dermatitis, keloid formation, and traumatic tearing may occur after piercing of the conch part of the ear. There are two kinds of conch piercings, which are the inner and outer conch.
An industrial piercing is two piercings in one, which are connected by a bar. Having two parts of the ear pierced at the same time is far from an enjoyable experience, and those being pierced often confess to hearing a loud crunch when the needle pierces the cartilage, and feeling pain, instantly. Body piercing negligence often occurs when the piercer has not properly informed you what the piercing experience will entail, thereby allowing you to make an informed consent, as to the pain, and risk of infection you will go through if you go ahead with the piercing procedure.
8. Dermal Piercing gone wrong
A dermal piercing is actually considered to be a minor surgery, with the piercer making a hole so that an anchor can be inserted into the middle layer (dermis) of your skin. The piercer will horizontally pierce through your skin once on the left and then again on the right and insert a metal base that has holes in it, which allows your skin to grow onto the base, then they screw on a jewel to cover up piercing hole left in your skin.
A dermal piercing can be placed anywhere on the body, as long as that area of the body has flat skin, suitable for piercing and the most common areas of the body for dermal piercing are the cheekbones, stomach, thighs, facial dermal piercing, nape of the neck, and lower back.
The jewellery options available for a dermal piercing are surgical titanium, surgical stainless steel, niobium, and gold. None of the aforementioned are without risk of personal injury to the person being pierced, and although a titanium dermal implant may be deemed to be safe, even for those with sensitive skin, if the titanium is not cleaned before entering the body, the body will react, and infection will occur, often requiring removal of the dermal implant. Surgical steel, and niobium, although deemed to be hypoallergenic, can, and do still irritate the skin. If the piercer uses gold, then, contrary to what would be required for external jewellery, a lower carat must be used, such as 14 carat, as this is more durable, and will assist the healing process. MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors would advise anyone to avoid gold-plated jewellery, as this can cause allergic reaction, and infection.
9. Daith piercing injuries
A daith piercing involves a needle going through the thickest cartilage in your body, and is often sold as a way of relieving headaches and stress. Often taking several months to heal, if the needles used is not sterile, and the piercer does not use a new needle and sterile gloves for each new piercing, then they are negligent, and if you suffer a personal injury as a result of the piercer’s negligence, then you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
10. Nipple piercing personal injury
It is always advisable to read reviews and to attend the best piercer you can, if you are looking to have any part of your body pierced. Professional piercers will make it less likely to get infected by having a fully sterile environment and a piercer who knows how to properly use a needle. Most body piercing practitioners will carry out many piercings on a weekly, if not daily, basis, and will always maintain high standards of cleanliness and client aftercare, with the risk of bacterial infection being kept to a minimum. It goes without saying that the potential for personal injury is huge if a nipple piercing is not carried out properly, without the correct equipment or training.
Personal injuries arising out of negligent nipple piercing include infections, breast abscess formation, nerve damage, bleeding, hematoma allergic reactions, cysts, and rather an unsightly keloid scarring. Reports show that, unfortunately, nipple piercing is also associated with hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, and even HIV. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are 2 types of potentially life-threatening liver diseases with a high infection rate. Body piercing represents a progressively popular socio-cultural phenomenon which is also a potential exposure approach for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).
When choosing a technician, make sure you select someone who is licensed, qualified, and experienced. Bloodborne viruses and infections like hepatitis and HIV can be passed on in the tiny amounts of blood that stick to the piercing needle. As such, there is a substantial risk of transmitting disease if your piercing technician is not trained in and using sterile techniques.
How much is my botched piercing personal injury claim worth?
Lobe piercing- this injury is usually minor, and, subject to negligence being found on the part of the piercer, you would receive compensation for your injury in the region of £1,000 to £2,000, if your piercing injury was healed no later than 2-3 months after the piercing took place.
Helix piercing- Again, if anything goes wrong when the helix is pierced, such as infection, or damage to the skin, the injury is, usually at least, minor. If any scarring occurs, then trivial scarring due to infection when inserting the piercing can attract an award for compensation of between £1,460 and £3,010. If the scarring requires camouflaging, then the cost of the camouflage treatment can be sought from the piercers public liability insurers, along with personal injury compensation, in the region of £3,000 - £11,000.
Nose piercing- If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a nose piercing, the injury can quite often not just include infection, but damage to the skin and muscle tissue. Trivial scarring due to infection when inserting the piercing can personal injury compensation between £1,400 and £3,000. The figures given are just for the personal injury, alone. Other damages, such as medical expenses and lost earnings, can be claimed.
If any scarring occurs, than trivial scarring due to infection when inserting the piercing can attract an award for compensation of between £1,460 and £3,010. If the scarring requires camouflaging, then the cost of the camouflage treatment can be sought from the piercers public liability insurers, along with personal injury compensation, in the region of £3,000 - £11,000.
Tongue piercing- The amount of compensation MG Legal’s clients have received as a result of a botched tongue piercing can vary dramatically. If the personal injury is a simple infection, arising out of unhygienic practice, such as dirty piercing needles or equipment, but the injury is relatively minor, and there is complete recovery within seven days, then our client’s have been awarded compensation from £1,500 to £2,000. But a loss of the taste sensation can lead to compensation of between £20,000 and £25,000, with significant loss of taste often attracting compensatory awards in excess of £40,000.
Belly button piercing- If the piercer’s negligence has caused damage to the skin, such as a tear, pierced in the wrong place, or if the piercing is too big, and the puncture wound will scar, then your claim for personal injury will be valued, depending on how you are affected physically, and psychologically, at a lot more, with the personal injury solicitors at MG Legal winning tens of thousands of pounds in compensation as a result of botched piercings, and negligent aftercare.
Conch piercing- When using a 16-point gauge needle to carry out a piercing, personal injury can, and does often occur. Often, the piercer makes the hole too big, or does not disinfect the ear first, allowing the spread of bacteria into the new wound. If the personal injury sustained in the piercing process is trivial, then damages, for personal injury alone, may be valued between £1,000, up to £5,000. Scarring, if permanent, and visible at conversational distance, of say, one metre or so, which can be camouflaged, or relatively small scars, generally leads to compensation of between £4,000 and £12,000. More significant scarring where plastic surgery may be required can lead to compensation in the region of £8,000 up to £25,000, with other damages available, such as lost earnings, medical treatment, care costs and travel expenses.
Dermal piercing- The risks of personal injury associated with dermal piercing are higher than any other piercing, if not carried out correctly and range from infection, rejection of the dermal piercing, tissue damage, where the anchor is inserted too deeply, causing damage the surrounding blood vessels or nerves; displacement, where the piercer doesn’t insert the anchor deep enough under the skin, causing the dermal piercing to become dislodged and move to another area of skin; scarring, both on inserting the dermal piercing, with more scarring if the poorly inserted dermal needs removing - It takes a dermatologist appointment to get these removed.
With a dermal piercing, if muscle damage occurs, as well as scarring and infection, and the injured person does not have full use of the muscle in the pierced area, then the injury is life-changing, and the personal injury alone, not including lost earnings, future lost earnings, medical expenses, care, and anything required to assist the injured person’s quality of life, would be in the tens of thousands, and would need the assistance of our expert solicitors to get you the compensation that truly reflects the nature of the injuries sustained. If you have been injured as a result of a negligently carried out dermal piercing, then we would recommend a meeting with our expert personal injury team, where we will advise you of the steps to take to pursue your injury claim, and avail you of the best medical experts to get you on the road to recovery.
Nipple piercing- Compensation for a nipple piercing injury would differ, depending on the effects of the injury, and, of course, whether the injured person is male or female, and if female, if the injuries to the nipple or nipples would affect them aesthetically, or indeed, if feeding a baby would be affected in any way. If a life-threatening injury is transmitted such as HIV, then the compensatory damages would be vastly more than cosmetic damage such as scarring, or nerve damage’ both of which are themselves very serious injuries with both physical and psychological injury being suffered.
How can MG Legal’s NO WIN NO FEE body piercing negligence solicitors help me with my claim for financial compensation?
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