Tanning sunbed injury compensation claims
In the following guide we set out what you need to know about making a tanning sunbed injury compensation 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.
If you have suffered a tanning sunbed injury in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
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.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
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.
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.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
The national network of Quittance solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of compensation claim, from relatively minor claims to long-term injuries. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of experience winning compensation for claimants.
Personal injury solicitors now work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
No Win, No Fee means that if your claim is not successful, you will not need to pay any legal fees.
If you do win your case, a success fee will be deducted from the compensation award and paid to your 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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