No Win No Fee, Sunbed injury claims solicitors.
Everyone likes to be tanned. False tanning just isn't the same as the real thing, well, second best thing - a sunbed tan.
Most of us have, at one time or another, used the sunbeds at our local beauty salon in order to keep that all year round glow, and whilst normally, no accidents or injuries occur, the tanning salon can be a rather dangerous place.
Sunbed tanning injuries can range from a mild skin burn to non-treatable skin cancer, or even personal injury from glass cuts.
If your injuries from sunbed tanning were caused because the salon owner was negligent in their duty of care owed to you, then you may have a claim for compensation, on a No Win No Fee basis.
Contact MG Legal's personal injury specialists for a no obligation, no cost chat about bringing a NO WIN NO FEE claim for personal injury compensation. MG Legal are the NO WIN NO FEE sunbed injury experts.
What type of injuries can Sunbed and Tanning Salons cause?
Sunbeds are, generally, known to have certain accepted dangers. However, you are still owed a duty of care by the owners of premises that offer sunbeds or other tanning equipment to a full explanation of these risks as a paying customer. There are often more common dangers which can lead to injury that people are not so aware of. Visits to Sunbed Shops and Tanning Salons are covered by, amongst other Regulations, the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957. The Sunbed Regulations Act 2010, and Common Law. If you have suffered any kind of injury as a result of attending a sunbed or tanning salon, MG Legal’s specialist personal injury solicitors are here to help you recover compensation for your injuries and losses, all on a no win no fee basis.
The most common types of injury in this type of case is, of course, burns to the skin and eyes, although our personal injury solicitors have also acted for people injured as a result of broken sunbed casing, meaning people have suffered cuts, lacerations and bruises, or have even fallen through the plastic casing, landing on the sunbed tubes, causing the same to smash.
On arriving at a new Tanning Salon or Sunbed Shop, you should be taken through some basic information such as:
Brief Instruction or Induction to Sunbeds and Tanning
What safety equipment to wear, such as goggles or sunscreen
Recommendations on time-limits
Instruction on how to operate the specific model of Sunbed/Sunshower
That the equipment has been inspected and tested
All clients must be given a medical form to fill in during their first visit, and the tanning salon operator must advise the client of the risks involved in the tanning process, and the use of high-powered sunbeds. The salon must also educate their clients on safe use of UV sunbeds and must provide protective goggles.
If you sustain an injury because of any of the above are not done properly, or because you believe the shop or staff failed you in some other way, please contact MG Legal’s expert beauty salon solicitors to discuss the matter, with no obligation or charge, with a view to handling your claim on a no win, no fee agreement.
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What type of injuries can people suffer from Sunbeds and Tanning Salon negligence?
Common injuries include:
Burns from over exposure, whether because of poor instruction about timing, what sunscreen to wear or the strength of the sunbed
Eye damage from failure to advise about or provide safety goggles
Cataracts from repeated exposure
Musculo-skeletal injuries from faulty or poorly assembled beds collapsing
Cuts from broken tubes/parts on the Sunbed
The above is not an exhaustive list and again, if you have sustained any injury inside a Tanning Salon of Sunbed shop, please get in touch with MG Legal’s dedicated beauty salon personal injury solicitors and we will assess your claim free of charge and without confusing you with legal jargon.
Contact our office and we will speak to you the same day so there are no delays.
What advice should tanning salons give before you use their sunbeds?
The Health and Safety Executive have issued advice on the health risks associated with sunbeds, tanning booths, and sunlamps. If you are over the age of 18, and decide to use a sunbed, the sunbed operator should advise you about your skin type and how long you should limit your session to. When you attend the tanning salon, the sunbed operator should insist that you complete a questionnaire, asking the following:
• If you have fair, sensitive skin that burns easily or tans slowly or poorly
• have a history of sunburn, particularly in childhood
• have lots of freckles and red hair
• have lots of moles
• are taking medicines or using creams that make your skin sensitive to sunlight
• have a medical condition made worse by sunlight, such as vitiligo, a long-term skin condition caused by the lack of a chemical called melanin in the skin
• have had skin cancer or someone in your family has had it
• already have badly sun-damaged skin
I have been injured. Do I have claim for compensation against the tanning salon?
All sunbeds and other related equipment must be safety tested regularly to ensure that they are in good working order, and all staff working within the tanning salon must be trained to advise on the proper use of the sunbed and tanning equipment prior to letting the public use them. The validity of your sunbed claim will depend upon whether or not the sunbed shop or salon owner is responsible for your injury or injuries. For instance, the tanning salon may not have supplied you with the correct care, treatment or equipment, resulting in injury. For a sunbed injury claim to be successful, you must be able to clearly demonstrate clearly there was negligence from a third party. If there have been any breaches, then you should be able to make a no win no fee personal injury claim against the tanning salon, if your injury occurred:
within the last three years, and;
another person was to blame, and;
that person owed you a duty of care.
How do I start a claim for sunbed or tanning personal injury?
Simply get in touch with MG Legal and we will make sure you speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor straight away. We will guide you through the whole process, although you can help your solicitor by providing:
Photographs of the injuries and any subsequent scarring, peeling or reaction, as well as taking regular pictures to show how you are recovering;
Details of the practitioner who carried out the treatment or who assisted you with the sunbed, their business if they are employed and their insurance details (most reputable sunbed shops and tanning salons will display their certificates on the wall and will be happy to show them to you);
Record the names of any witnesses to the session or incident or to any relevant events before or after;
Seek medical treatment if necessary, this will ensure that you have the best chance of making a full recovery as well as providing evidence for your claim
Often, we can assess your case immediately and can look to agree to accept your claim immediately on a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win no fee agreement) basis. If this is the case, we can have paperwork sent to you same day.
If it is not immediately clear about your case, MG Legal will investigate your claim free of charge and as soon as we are able, we will look to sign you up to a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee agreement) to ensure that at a stressful time, you do not need to worry about paying legal fees.
Call, email or use the web-contact form to get in touch with MG Legal and one of our specialist beauty salon personal injury specialists will get back to you straight away with a view to getting the ball rolling the same day.
How much compensation can I claim for a tanning sunbed injury?
A claim for any form of personal injury is subject to the nature of the injury sustained, how the injury affects your personal life, including household chores, or bathing and showering, and your worklife- for example, did you require any time off work as a result of your tanning sunbed injury, and, if your injuries are very severe, such as severe burns to the skin, can you still do the same job?
The amount of compensation you could claim for your tanning sunbed injury will depend on:
• the extent of your injury, and
• any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
If you instruct MG At the start of your claim, your personal injury solicitor will listen to you, consider the many ways your tanning sunbed injury has affected your life, and tell you, immediately if we think that the tanning salon has been negligent, and caused your injuries. We will also tell you if we can accept your claim on a no win no fee basis. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
General damages (Your Personal Injury award)
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity, and in relation to injuries caused at a tanning salon, and can vary from £2,000 or so for minor injuries, to hundred of thousands of pounds if the injuries you have sustained have are life-changing. MG Legal will ensure that you attend the best medical practitioners, with a medico-legal report prepared that reflects the true nature of your injuries, so that we can obtain the most damages possible for you.
Special damages, include any financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident, and range from medical expenses, lost earning, travel and care costs. If you instruct MG Legal for your tanning salon injury claim, a full, detailed schedule of your losses will be prepared and sent to the negligent tanning salon’s public liability insurers.
What is The Sunbed Regulation Act 2010?
The incidence of skin cancer is increasing; malignant melanoma is among the five most common cancers in 15-24 year olds in England and Wales. Approximately 80% of melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light – both natural (from the sun) and artificial.
There are approximately 100,000 cases of skin cancer every year and malignant melanoma is the most dangerous kinds as it can spread to other parts of the body. 10,670 deaths were related to this form of skin cancer in the UK in 2007 and it is also the most common kind of cancer in 15 – 24-year-olds in the UK.
In order to prevent the risk of skin cancer, the government has taken action. It's illegal for people under the age of 18 to use sunbeds. The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 makes it an offence for someone operating a sunbed business to permit under-18s to:
• use a sunbed at the business premises, including beauty salons, leisure centres, gyms and hotels
• be offered the use of a sunbed at the business premises
• be allowed in an area reserved for sunbed users (unless they're working as an employee of the business)
If you have suffered from a sunbed injury of any kind, please contact our team of specialist No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors at MG Legal. We can help establish the validity of your claim and advise you on your next steps.