A guide to making a No Win No Fee tanning salon sunbed injury claim
Many people use tanning salons regularly and without injury. However, there are well known risks to using sun beds. Sun bed injuries may be immediately apparent, such as burning of the skin. However symptoms may take longer to reveal themselves - such as with skin cancer.
If you have suffered an injury from a sun bed it may be possible to make an occupiers liability compensation claim. The claim would usually be made against the salon which provided the tanning service.
How does the law protect me if I sustain a tanning salon injury?
There can be some confusion in the law relating to tanning salon claims. This is because, the dangers associated with sun-bed use are well documented. The risks are therefore considered to be well known by the general public, and tanning salon users in particular.
Tanning salons do have responsibilities regarding the safety of their clients. They must ensure the services, and equipment, they provide are fully compliant with health and safety regulations. If there has been a failure in this responsibility, there may be grounds for a claim.
If I suffer burn injuries from sun-bed use, can I make a claim?
If the salon was negligent in their responsibilities to their clients, it may be possible to claim.
Tanning salons should have the following procedures in place, to ensure the safety of their clients:
- On a client's first visit, they should be given a medical form to fill in. This will ask for details of any current medical conditions. If the client has any conditions which could be adversely affected by sun-bed use, the salon should advise on this.
- Guidance on safe use of sun-beds should also be given. This would include, advising that protective goggles be worn, and recommended exposure time should not be exceeded.
- The salon should provide client's with information on how to operate the sun-bed they will actually be using. This is important, as there are several different sun-bed manufacturers.
- The sun-bed itself should be safety tested and in good working order.
The Claimant must prove that the tanning salon (the Defendant) failed in the areas above. If proven, the Defendant could be held liable for burn injuries sustained.
Can I claim for skin cancer caused by sun-bed use?
If the tanning salon is proven negligent, it can be possible to claim for this kind of injury. The Claimant must usually also prove that their skin cancer was caused by the salon's equipment or services.
How to start making a claim
As soon as you are aware of the injury, contact a personal injury solicitor. Your compensation amount will be based on the nature and severity of your injury. Therefore, obtaining a legally admissible medical report is also a priority.