Tattoo personal injury claims solicitors.
If you have had a tattoo in the last 3 years, and suffered an injury as a result of the tattooist’s negligence, then contact MG Legal to start your claim for personal injury compensation, on a no win no fee basis, with no financial risk to you.
What are the most common injuries sustained in tattoo parlours?
Tattooing is now performed at many permanent premises across the UK. invariably involving the use of needles to pierce the body, tattoos carry with them an associated risk of localised or blood-borne infection, unless the operator takes appropriate infection control measures.
Deciding to get a tattoo, whether it’s your first, or you have many already, is a big decision, and you must always research the tattooist before taking the plunge. Tattooists are required to ensure that the equipment they use is sterile, that all work surfaces, including desks, floors, tables and chairs are smooth and made of an impervious material, in order to aid cleaning, and stop the spread of infection. The Department of Health and Social Care in England said local authorities had the power "to regulate the hygiene and cleanliness of tattoo and piercing providers if they judge there is a risk to health and safety’’ and tattooist’s and tattoo parlours are required to engage the services of a licensed waste contractor to ensure that any tattooing needles, swabs and gloves worn by the tattooist, are correctly disposed of.
But injuries still occur, the most common being:
Allergic reactions and bacterial infection
Infections from non-sterilised tattoo equipment
Hyper-pigmentation from tattoo removal treatments
Poorly carried our tattoo treatment, including the wrong artwork and misspelt names
Dermatitis or other condition affecting the skin
The most common injury is however, infection, and injury to the skin as a result of the tattooist not holding the appropriate tattooing experience to carry out your tattoo, or because they are using old tattooing equipment, the wrong tattooing equipment, or tattooing equipment that is so worn that injury to the skin is caused.
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a tattooist’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, on a no win no fee basis. Tattooists have a duty to keep their clients safe from injury and harm, and this means that all tattooists must have the relevant experience and qualifications to carry out your tattoo.
What duty of care does a tattoo artist owe you?
When visiting a tattooist or tattoo removal specialist, you should always expect to receive professional treatment and care from the specialist providing your treatment.
Before starting a new tattoo, the tattoo artist should ask you questions about your medical history and check for any skin reactions. They must also use properly sterilised equipment for each tattoo, to prevent the risk of infection.
The majority of injuries caused by tattooists are caused by human error, and usually involve one of the following:
Lack of health and safety procedure, such as the tattooist not using new needles
A lack of aftercare advice
Failure to review the client’s medical notes, to ensure they have no skin conditions
Follow appropriate health and safety practices such as washing hands
Obtaining full consent prior to commencing the tattooing process
Checking that the client is over the age of 18
The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 defines a tattoo as “…the insertion into the skin of any colouring material designed to leave a permanent mark”.
Tattoos are a form of body adornment and a form of body modification because they are a permanent skin alteration unless removed. The Age of Consent prohibits tattooing of anyone in Great Britain under the age of 18 years, even with a parent or guardian’s consent to the tattoo.
I have been injured by a tattooist. Do I have claim for compensation against the tattoo studio?
All tattoo studies must ensure that all equipment is modern, sterile, and in good working order, prior to commencing a tattoo. All staff working within the tattoo studio must be trained to advise on how a tattoo is carried out, and the side-effects, that can occur. Skin tests must be carried out to ensure that your skin is suitable to the type of ink that the tattooist is going to use, and thorough cleansing of the part of the body you are having tattooed should be carried out immediately before the tattooing starts, and during the whole of the process. If there have been any breaches, then you should be able to make a no win no fee personal injury claim against the tattooist,
if your injury occurred:
within the last three years, and;
the tattooist was to blame, and;
the tattooist owed you a duty of care.
How do I start a claim for compensation if I have been injured by a tattooist?
If you have been injured, suffered infection, or damage to the skin, in any way, as a result of the negligent actions of a tattooist, then contact MG Legal’s personal injury experts for a no obligation chat about how we can help you make a claim for personal injury compensation.
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. To make a claim against your tattooist, you can help your solicitor by providing:
Confirmation of your attendance at the tattooist, including the name of the tattoo parlour, and, if possible, the name of the tattooist;
Photographs of the injuries and any subsequent scarring, peeling or reaction, as well as taking regular pictures to show how you are recovering;
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.
MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors have a specialist personal injury team working for clients who have been injured as a result of piercings or tattoos that have gone wrong. If you contact one of our offices, our solicitors 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.
What are the laws on these procedures around the UK?
The laws surrounding the tattooing industry differ, depending on which part of the country you are being tattooed.
Wales is the only part of the UK where a compulsory licensing scheme for tattoo parlours and others offering similar services is being planned, meaning that in Wales, any tattoo artist is required to hold an approved infection control qualification, and this information will be put into a national database.
The regulations for tattooists in England are somewhat less restrictive, and tattooists are only required to complete a registration form in order to be allowed to open a tattoo parlour.
How much compensation can I claim for a tattoo injury claim?
If you have been injured as a result of a tattoo gone wrong, then the amount of compensation you will receive depends upon how the injury affects your life, how it looks, and how long, if ever, you will take to recover from your injury.
As with any solicitor specialising in personal injury, we are governed by the 15th Edition of the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines, and your claim for personal injury compensation would be valued as follows:
Dermatitis and other skin conditions:
Dermatitis of both hands, with cracking and soreness, affecting and employment, and domestic capability, such as bathing, dressing, cooking, with some psychological consequences, with an indefinite prognosis before a full recovery is made, if indeed a recovery is made, if a recovery is made at all.
Damages, including a 10% increase, range from £12,900, to £18,020, for the injuries, alone.
Injuries to the hands, include skin damage to one or both hands,, settling with treatment, and/or use of gloves for specific tasks, would attract personal injury compensation, for injuries alone, in the region of £8,110, to £10,710.
Substantial scarring to the arms, legs, chest or back areas of the body, where there are a number of noticeable scars, are valued between £7,350 and £21,330.
Why choose MG Legal if I have suffered an injury as a result of a tattooist’s negligence?
MG Legal’s expert team of solicitors have many years’ experience working in the personal injury sector, and have settled claims worth tens of thousands of pounds in damages for our clients, when beauty treatments, piercing, or tattoos have gone wrong. We have a success rate above 99% and we have access to the best medical experts, to ensure that you receive the personal injury compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you instruct MG Legal to pursue your tattoo injury claim, we will obtain medical evidence from a dermatologist, laser dermatologist, and, if required, a plastic surgeon, to ensure that any future treatment you require is obtained, and a prognosis for the recovery from your injuries is clearly given.
Choose MG Legal’s personal injury experts, and you are in very safe hands- in the unlikely event that we do not succeed in obtaining you any personal injury compensation, we do not get paid. We accept all personal injury claims against tattooists on a no win no fee basis, with no financial risk to our clients.