Hair Extension Traction Alopecia Compensation Claims
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.
In our guide to claiming
hair extension traction alopecia compensation:
Hair extensions are increasingly popular and they pose little risk when fitted by a trained professional. The hairdressing industry is unregulated, however, and poorly fitted hair extensions could lead to injury. In particular, the solvent and chemical bonding agents used in the procedure could lead to skin problems and even serious allergic reactions.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of hair extensions, or any other beauty procedure, a compensation claim may be possible.
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.
What are the 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, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Injury 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 extension traction alopecia claim on their own behalf.
Can I still claim if I didn't report the hair extension traction alopecia?
If you did not report the accident it can make it more difficult to pursue a hair extension traction alopecia claim, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.
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 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 extension traction alopecia? (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 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 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 extension traction alopecia compensation?
If you receive financial compensation following a hair extension traction alopecia 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 extension traction alopecia compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a hair extension traction alopecia 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 extension traction alopecia claim could be worth now:
How long does a hair extension traction alopecia claim take?
How long it can take to get compensation for hair extension traction alopecia can vary significantly.
For example, a simple liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a month or two. However, if liability is denied it could take considerably longer. On average an injury claim should take 4 to 9 months. See: How long will my claim take?
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. Read more about making a No win, no fee 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. 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.
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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.
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 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?
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 extension traction alopecia compensation.
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 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.
Chris Salmon, Director
About the author
Chris Salmon is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services. Chris has played key roles in the shaping and scaling of a number of legal services brands and is a regular commentator in the legal press.