A Guide to Claiming Hair Extension Traction Alopecia Compensation

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a hair extension traction alopecia we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a hair extension traction alopecia and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

Introduction

Hair extensions, although instantly gratifying and often an enormous morale booster, may lead to scalp damage if badly fitted, used too frequently or left in for extended periods.

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What are hair extensions?

Hair extensions involve the use of synthetic or human hair to thicken or lengthen existing hairstyles. They are applied either by plaiting the extensions into the real hair, bonding with a glue and fixing with a heated clamp, or they may be woven into existing hair by braiding close to the scalp.

What can go wrong?

Hair extensions may be badly fitted, especially where the bonding technique is used.

If an extension is not applied to enough natural hair, or the natural hair is too thin or weak to support it, the weight of the extension will pull the natural hair until it either breaks or is removed.

Where too many extensions are fitted, the increased weight of hair means it is constantly pulled down. This may cause extra stress on the scalp and supporting hair follicles.

If extensions are too tightly woven they may cause damage to the natural hair when they are removed. They may also cause rubbing and irritation to the scalp.

Are there long-term implications?

Constant pulling of the natural hair by hair extensions may lead to permanent damage of the hair follicles. When this occurs the natural hair cannot grow back and bald patches may appear on the scalp. This condition is known as traction alopecia.

How can this be prevented?

Applying hair extensions requires specialist skills; stylists offering this service should be properly trained and qualified.

A thorough assessment of the client's hair must be carried out to identify the correct products, hair attachments and methods of attaching the hair for that individual. This includes checking the strength of the client's hair prior to applying extensions, to assess whether the hair can hold the extensions without breaking.

The stylist should ensure the client fully understands how to look after the extensions and when to return to the salon.

Extensions should not remain in the hair for longer than three months, and should always be removed by a trained professional to avoid hair breakage.

A stylist should inform a client if signs of hair loss occur, and should not continue to apply extensions.

Do I have a hair extension traction alopecia claim?

As a basic rule, you can make a hair extension traction alopecia claim if you sustained an injury:

  • in the last three years and,
  • someone else was at fault.

However, there may be other considerations that mean you have a valid claim - even if the above points do not apply to you.

To find out for sure, speak to one of our experts on 0800 612 7456.

A brief phone consultation will confirm whether you have a claim. You will never be pressured into making a claim.

Alternatively you can try our Online Claim Checker.

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 extension traction alopecia claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

What if I was diagnosed months after the hair extension traction alopecia?

Depending on how your hair extension traction alopecia happened, the three-year time limit may only start from the date you are diagnosed and learn of the cause of your injury. In some cases, this can be months or years after the cause occurred.

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How much compensation can I claim for hair extension traction alopecia?

The amount of money you could claim for your hair extension traction alopecia 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 extension traction alopecia 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

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

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 extension traction alopecia? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

What is the average injury compensation for a hair extension traction alopecia 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 extension traction alopecia will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your hair extension traction alopecia compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Find out what your hair extension traction alopecia claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated, particularly if you have multiple injuries.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

Can I get an interim payment?

Interim payments are effectively an advance on a probable compensation award. An interim payment may be awarded if the claimant is in immediate financial hardship.

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How long do I have to make a hair extension traction alopecia claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the hair extension traction alopecia to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your hair extension traction alopecia claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a hair extension traction alopecia after 3 years?

For adults, the general rule is no, you cannot start a claim more than three years after a hair extension traction alopecia.

However, if you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a hair extension traction alopecia claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

Will I still be able to claim for a hair extension traction alopecia after the law changes in April 2020?

The law relating to personal injury claims is changing in April 2020.

You will no longer be able to claim no win, no fee compensation using a solicitor for lower value claims (under £5,000).

In addition, compensation for whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries will be reduced.

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your hair extension traction alopecia 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.

How does no win, no fee work?

With a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay if you do not winn your claim .

No win, no fee guarantee

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is zero financial risk in making a hair extension traction alopecia claim - even if you don't win your claim.

What do I pay if I win my hair extension traction alopecia claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your claim is settled. 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 extension traction alopecia claim?

If your hair extension traction alopecia claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all.

Read more about No win, no fee

Please note, under a No Win, No Fee Agreement (CFA), fees may apply if a claimant refuses to cooperate, or abandons their claim after the legal work has started, or if the claim is fraudulent.

How can Quittance help?

Our highly experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims. Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you.

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.

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Hair Extension Traction Alopecia 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.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

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.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by Quittance’s 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.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

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.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

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.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

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.

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