Tanning Sunbed Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a sunbed injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a sunbed 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
tanning sunbed injury compensation:
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.
Do I have a tanning sunbed injury claim?
You should be eligible to make a tanning sunbed injury claim if your injury occurred:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Do I have a claim? - 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 tanning sunbed injury claim on their own behalf.
What if I want to make a multi-party or group claim?
A multi-party claim (sometimes referred to as a 'group claim' or a 'class action') brought by a group of people who have sustained the same or similar injuries due to the negligence of the same defendant. How you start a multi-party claim will depend on the circumstances and we recommend you speak to a solicitor for more information.
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-beds?
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 money you could claim for your tanning sunbed injury 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 tanning sunbed injury 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 tanning sunbed injury? (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 tanning sunbed injury 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 tanning sunbed injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your tanning sunbed injury 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.
Should I set up a personal injury trust?
If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following a tanning sunbed injury injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?
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.
Tanning sunbed injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a tanning sunbed 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 tanning sunbed injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a sunbed injury claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation for a sunbed injury can vary considerably.
For instance, a simple uncontested occupiers liability claim might be concluded in a month or two. If liability is denied, however, it could take substantially longer. Normally an occupiers liability claim should take 6 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your tanning sunbed injury 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 did your injury occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
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If you have been injured and it wasn't your fault, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your tanning sunbed injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my tanning sunbed injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my tanning sunbed injury claim?
If your tanning sunbed injury 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.
Is there a catch?
The Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) sets out the terms between you and your solicitor., No Win No Fee is a regulated activity and as such there should be no nasty surprises in the agreement. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you read the agreement carefully and ask any questions if you are unsure.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, 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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Tanning sunbed injury 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 tanning sunbed injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the tanning sunbed injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your tanning sunbed injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a tanning sunbed injury 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 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim tanning sunbed injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a tanning sunbed injury 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.