Hair damage compensation claims
This easy-to-follow guide takes you through everything you need to know about making a hair damage compensation claim.
A person can make a damage to hair claim if their hair has been damaged in one or more of the following ways:
- As a result of an accident that was not their fault - such as hair catching fire at a hair salon
- As a result of professional negligence - for example bleaching hair with the wrong chemicals, resulting in an allergic reaction
- In a criminal act of violence - such as assault
In these cases someone else could be considered ?legally at fault' for the hair damage, and it is quite likely that the individual would be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you have suffered hair damage in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Hair damage claims are considered if a person's head, hair or scalp is injured or damaged in one of the following ways:
- Burned hair and/or scalp
- Brittle hair
- Scalp dermatitis
Cases may also be considered when the hair damage causes psychological damage - for example if a woman's long hair is cut short without her consent, or if chemical bleach causes a person's hair to fall out, leaving them bald.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The two main types of compensation claims for hair damage are:
Pain and suffering for the hair and scalp injury
People can claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused as a result of hair damage.
Claimants must undergo a medical examination, whereby a medical professional will perform an examination and compile a report after looking at GP and hospital notes.
The report should detail the extent of the damage to the claimants hair or scalp, and how long the damage is expected to take to recover.
Based on this report the claimant's solicitor will be able to determine how much the hair damage claim is worth.
Financial losses and expenses
Financial losses could include lost income for time taken off work, medical expenses for treatments, and travel expenses to the hospital or GP for treatment.
Depending on the industry the claimant works in, they may be entitled to more compensation for financial losses. Modelling for example is a career heavily based on appearance, and hair damage might mean that the claimant is out of work for a prolonged period of time, or has to quit the industry entirely.
An amount for a claim for compensation reflects the type and severity of your injuries.
Maximum and minimum amounts for injuries are recommended by the Judicial College guidelines for personal injury awards.
Courts will use these guidelines to calculate compensation awards. Insurers and their solicitors will also use the guidelines when making a settlement offer.
Special damages can also be claimed for. These can include loss of earnings and future lost earnings and any expenses arising from the accident including the cost of care and treatment and travel to and from hospital.
Typically a no win no fee agreement ( called a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between the claimant and a specialist injury solicitor.
A CFA is basically the terms and conditions under which the solicitor acts for the claimant.
The contract sets out what the solicitor will do and how they is rewarded if the claim is won.
If you decide to choose our solicitors for your hair damage compensation claim there are absolutely no sneaky hidden costs , no up-front fees and the reassurance that you wont be financially out of pocket.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim hair damage compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.
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