Hair Damage Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a hair damage injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a hair damage injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
In our guide to claiming
hair damage compensation:
You should be able to make a hair damage claim if your 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 you would be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Causes of hair damage
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.
What types of compensation are entitled to hair damage claimants?
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.
Do I have a hair damage claim?
As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make a hair damage claim if your injury happened:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a hair damage claim on their own behalf.
What if I don't know who was to blame?
You should contact a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your options. Specialist lawyers have years of experience identifying the responsible party in cases where liability is uncertain.
The amount of money you could claim for your hair damage will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your hair damage has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after a hair damage? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
What is the average injury compensation for a hair damage claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following a hair damage will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your hair damage compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Will I have to pay tax on my hair damage compensation?
If you receive financial compensation following a hair damage injury, specific legislation ensures that you do not have to pay tax on it. This is the case no matter whether the compensation is received as a lump sum or as staggered payments.
Calculate my hair damage compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a hair damage injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your hair damage claim could be worth now:
How long does a damage to hair claim take?
How long it can take to win compensation for hair damage can vary significantly.
For instance, a simple liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a month or two. If the employer denies liability, it could take considerably longer. On average an injury claim should take 4 to 9 months. Read more: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your hair damage claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
No win, no fee - the facts
'No win, no fee' means that if you do not win your hair damage claim, you will not have to pay your solicitor any money. Known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA', no win, no fee is a legal agreement between you and the solicitor.
No win, no fee promise
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making a hair damage claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my hair damage claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my hair damage claim?
If your hair damage claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Can I get Legal Aid?
Legal aid is no longer available when making a personal injury claim, but a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee) can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
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Hair damage FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make a hair damage claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the hair damage to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your hair damage claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a hair damage after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim hair damage compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a hair damage claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.