Body piercing injury claim solicitors
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a body piercing gone wrong, a ‘botched piercing injury, and your injury was as a result of someone else’s negligence, then give our personal injury experts a call, today.
MG Legal's personal injury solicitors are experts in all things personal injury, and we will get your claim started, immediately.
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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?
If you can think of any part of the body, then 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, younger girls especially, do not 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.
The risk of personal injury from a lobe piercing? As with any piercing, whilst easy to clean, so aftercare shouldn’t be an issue, if the piecing studios equipment is not hygienically cleaned, and sterilised, then infection can occur. MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors don’t come across many personal 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.
How much compensation would you receive?
If you do suffer an infection from a lobe piercing, we are pleased to say that the 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.
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. There is always the risk of personal injury when having any piercings as, when the skin is broken to allow the piercing into your skin, body piercings effectively open up the body to potential infection and additional complications.
How much compensation would you receive?
As with the piercing of the ear lobe, 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, 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.
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 after care, or the piercing studio having had difficulty disinfecting the inner surface of the nose. Your nostrils assist with stopping foreign bodies, entering the body, and continue to do so after your nose is pierced- what this means is that if you have your nose pierced, then the part of your body that is designed to stop pollutants, has a piece of metal plunged into it, in an area where bacteria congregate. 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
How much compensation will I receive?
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.
4. Tongue Piercings gone wrong
Tongue piercings are more complicated than most 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.
How much compensation with I receive?
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 a complete recovery within seven days, then our client’s have been awarded compensation from £1,500 to £2,000. But this is your tongue we are talking about, and 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.
5. Bellybutton piercing infection
It is estimated that 50% of women aged 16-24 have piercings in parts of the body other than the earlobe, a percentage that is set to rise as body piercing services become more and more accessible. 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. But what about personal injury when the piercing is carried out? MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors have 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.
Piercers have been known to pierce people in the wrong place, for example too near to the navel, so that the skin rips, and the piercing falls out as there is not enough surrounding skin to keep the bellybutton piercing in place. When this occurs, the piercing would be classed as negligent, and you would be able to pursue the piercer for personal injury compensation.
How much compensation will I receive?
We have already mentioned that bellybutton piercings are at high risk of becoming infected, and this should be mentioned on the consent form, prior to any piercing taking place. Such infections are, usually, minor, resolve in a matter of days, or weeks, and the personal injury compensation, if the piercer is found to be negligent, would be awarded in the region of £2,000 - £3,000. 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.
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. Injuries can often include the piercing becoming infected, including local and systemic infections, poor cosmesis, and foreign body rejection. 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.
Generally, a hollow 16 -point gauge needle will be used for this cartilage piercing.
How much compensation will I receive?
As with any piercing, the personal injury sustained when having a conch piercing will differ from person to person, but when using a 16-point gauge needle to carry out a piercing, personal injury can, and does often occur. When piercing the conch part of the ear, 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.
The best thing to do if you have suffered an injury as a result of a piercing gone wrong, is to contact our friendly personal injury solicitors at MG Legal, and we will walk you through the process, with no obligation to make a personal injury claim. Our team are experts in beauty salon, cosmetic, and negligent piercing salon claims, so we will help you in any way we can.
An industrial piercing is two piercings in one, which 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. MG Legal’s piercing negligence solicitors find that with an industrial piercing, the common causes of negligence are as a result of the procedure not being carried out properly; the piercing salon have not cleaned the area with germicidal soap; new needles are not used for the piercing; incorrect piercing equipment is used for the industrial piercing, such as equipment that may be used to simply pierce another part of the ear; the person carrying out the piercing does not have the correct experience, or training, to do so.
How much compensation will I receive?
A rather serious piercing, with a very real risk of personal injury if the piercer is not qualified or has the experience and confidence to carry out this type of piercing. More serious personal injury can occur with a double piercing like an industrial piercing and MG Legal’s personal injury experts can advise that the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines give compensation figures for Substantial disfigurement and psychological after-effects can result in compensation of between £15,000 up to £40,000 and beyond.
With any personal injury that has a affects the client aesthetically, or cosmetically, then age plays a part. The judicial studies board states that the compensatory awards for those who are relatively young, (think 30’s and below) will be significantly more. Where the use of camouflage treatment does little to hide the scarring to the ear, with psychological injury sustained as a result, then damages can be in the region of £80,000.
8. Dermal Piercing gone wrong
One for the braver of us, 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.
How much compensation would I receive?
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 ten’s 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.
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.
How much compensation would I receive?
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.
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 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 high infection rate. Body piercing represents a progressively popular sociocultural 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 compensation would I receive for a negligent nipple piercing injury?
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 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.
The National Health Service offers some advice on how to choose a qualified piercer, and how to treat any personal injury sustained as a result of negligent treatment by a piercer.