Beauty Salon Injury Lawyers in Austin
Many hair chemicals can pose risks to hair salon patrons. Treatments that contain formaldehyde, sodium hydroxide and guanidine hydroxide can especially cause irritation. Perms have been known to “go wrong,” and result in patrons losing lots of hair. Besides hair dyes and glues for extensions, other chemicals that can produce adverse effects include facial peels and cosmetics of all kind.
Patrons can also sustain burn injuries from hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners and other heat-styling tools. Burn injuries can result from improperly conducted waxes or laser hair removal as well. Furthermore, a salon is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing their equipment so that fungal infections do not occur. Other liabilities could include:
- Improperly performed procedures
- Recycled waxing products
- Staff that do not wear gloves or masks
Common injuries that can take place in a beauty salon include: hair damage, systemic infections, ocular disturbance, burned scalp, disfigurement, balding, facial paralysis and cutaneous reactions. The improper administration of Botox has also caused an increasing amount of problems.
Furthermore, a recent problem highlighted in the last few years, is sanitation issues with nail salons. When a nail technician does not properly sanitize his/her tools, patrons can contract fungus, virus and bacteria. Proper steps that a nail technician should follow includes: washing hands, sanitizing tools, cleaning non-disposable tools, disinfecting manicure tables, using clean towels, keeping dirty towels covered in a container, sanitizing shampoo bowls, sweeping up hair, keep floors, walls and furniture clean, proper disposal of hazardous materials, adequate ventilation, adequate hot and cold water.
When can a worker be held liable?
Beauty salon workers are trusted with a patron’s health, safety, comfort and welfare- when a worker’s negligence causes a client to sustain injuries, he/she and/or the salon, can be held liable. A cosmetologist, hair dresser or esthetician has a duty of care- a beauty salon should test its products and know how to properly administer them.
If a salon is not testing its products, than it cannot determine whether a product is defective or whether it can cause allergic reactions. Any reputable salon can perform a “patch test” on you if you are worried about a chemical’s effect on you. If a therapist uses a product on you, after you have informed him/her that you are allergic to this product, then they can by all means be held liable. Also, if a worker is responsible for any of the following breaches, a claim can be filed:
- Failure to select the appropriate treatment
- Failure to use as directed
- Failure to carefully perform a treatment
What does Texas cosmetology law say?
Texas’s Administrative Code, Chapter 83, is entitled “Cosmetologists Health and Safety Rules” and governs the safety procedures that salons and workers must follow. These regulations govern:
- Cleaning surfaces
- Good hygiene
- A licensee cannot perform services on a client, if he/she has a contagious condition
- Cleaning tools after using them on clients
- What practices and products are prohibited at the salon
Get aggressive legal assistance now!
It is important that you get a personal injury attorney on your side immediately, if you want to pursue receiving the compensation you deserve. In recent news, one woman claimed that she lost a lot of hair after receiving bleach treatments. The lawsuit she pressed was $50,000- but she lost in court when a judge rendered that “We’re dealing with hair breakage, and it’s not the end of the world…she was not physically harmed, did not go bald and did not suffer a mental health crisis.”
It can be hard to prove that your hairstylist was responsible for your hair or bodily damage- as there are so many ways that an individual can damage their own hair or body. Because patrons are expected to understand the risk associated with a treatment, and undertake it of their own free will, this can diminish their chances of collecting damages. Contact Zinda Law Group today to receive the legal aid you need to move forward with your life.