Loss of hair can be a difficult situation to handle regardless of the circumstances. It can have a real impact on your appearance and so could result in distress and psychological damages. And when your hair loss is the result of someone else’s negligence, it can be particularly difficult to cope with.
Fortunately, you may be able to claim compensation for hair loss caused by third party negligence. If you can show that someone owed you a duty of care and that this duty was breached, resulting in hair loss, then you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Although compensation will not undo the harm caused by the accident or incident you were a victim of, it may help to mitigate some of the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. It can also help you get back to the financial position you were in before the accident if you have had to pay for anything as a result of your injuries.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation Payouts For Loss Of Hair
- What Is A Loss Of Hair?
- How Can You Suffer A Loss Of Hair At Work?
- Loss Of Hair In A Public Place
- How Can You Suffer Loss Of Hair In A Road Traffic Accident?
- Let’s Chat About Personal Injury Compensation Calculations
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £32,000 For Loss Of Hair
- Our Specialist Free Legal Advice Can Help Value Your Payout
- No Win No Fee Policies Are Simple
- Your Free Legal Advice Is With Our Team
- More Resources And Guides On Loss Of Hair
- Loss Of Hair FAQs
In this guide, we’ll look at the process of claiming compensation for hair loss caused by someone else’s negligence. We will begin by looking at hair loss and how it can be caused in an accident resulting from third party negligence.
Furthermore, we will look at what a duty of care is and what is owed to you in different scenarios. In addition, we will look at how a duty of care can be breached and how this can result in injury.
To illustrate this, we will examine a case study in which someone is awarded £32,000 for hair loss caused by third party negligence. This case study will look at all relevant details of the accident to show how the claims process works.
You may be wondering how much compensation you could be owed for loss of hair caused by third party negligence. Our guide will look at how compensation settlements are calculated and how to ensure you get the maximum amount owed to you when claiming.
We will continue by looking at No Win No Fee agreements. We’ll examine what this kind of agreement means for you and your claim and how a No Win No Fee agreement could benefit you.
Finally, we will provide you with some useful resources for making a claim. We will also address some commonly asked questions about claiming compensation for hair loss.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
When making a claim for personal injury, there is generally a three-year limitation period for making a claim. This runs from the date of the accident. It’s really important that you start your claim within this period of time as otherwise, your claim could become statute-barred.
There are some exceptions to this time limit. For instance, if you were under 18 at the time the accident took place, you will not be able to claim straight away without a litigation friend. The three-year time limit starts once your turn 18, provided a litigation friend hasn’t claimed on your behalf before then.
Hair loss can be a devastating side effect of an accident or incident which severely affects the injured person’s quality of life. There are a variety of accidents that could cause someone to suffer from hair loss.
For instance, you may have suffered hair loss following a visit to the hairdresser in which your hair was dyed. If you can show that this was done negligently, for instance, because the hairdresser failed to perform a patch test, you may be able to claim. Similarly, you may suffer hair loss as the result of being burned in a fire caused by a car accident that was not your fault.
Similarly, some psychological injuries such as severe stress or anxiety can be characterised by hair loss in the affected person. If you can show that you’ve suffered hair loss as a result of avoidable stress caused by your employer, you may be able to make a claim.
In some cases, you may experience hair loss as the result of negligence which eventually grows back. But in others, the hair loss caused might be permanent. Furthermore, some causes of hair loss, such as chemical burns caused by a hairdresser, might cause other symptoms such as burning, itching or sensitivity to the affected area.
If you’ve suffered from hair loss caused by the negligence of a third party, you may be able to claim. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out how much you could be owed, or read on for more information.
For any injury claim to succeed, you have to be able to show that a third party’s negligence was the cause of the accident happening. To do this, you need to show that:
- A third party owed you a duty of care
- There was a breach of this duty, which resulted in an accident taking place
- The incident that occurred directly resulted in you suffering from hair loss
There are numerous ways that this could happen, and one of those is from a workplace accident. According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care that must apply to all employees when they are working. But when this duty of care is breached, employees may be involved in accidents that result in injury.
For instance, an employee may see their hair burned off due to exposure to a toxic chemical. If the employers didn’t provide sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent this, then this could be an example of negligence. Give us a call if you want to know more, or read on to find out about claiming for hair loss in a public place.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 says that the occupier of a public place is required to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of those who use it for the purpose intended. Failure to do so could result in an injury, causing hair loss.
For instance, if a person is in a restaurant when a fire breaks out and the proper fire safety procedures are not followed, including a lack of fire exits, the injured person may suffer from burns. The result of this accident could include hair loss amongst other injuries. And if you can show that your injuries were caused by the negligence of the person in control of the space, you may be entitled to compensation.
When you’re on the road, you’re owed a duty of care by other road users, and, in turn, you owe them a duty of care. All road users are expected to adhere to the standards of care and skill of the average driver. This is set out in the Highway Code. Failure to do so could result in an accident that causes injury.
For instance, a car accident might occur when one driver unsafely pulls out of a junction without looking. If this driver were to collide with a car travelling down the main road, this could cause a collision which may result in a fire breaking out. This could cause the driver’s hair and scalp to be burned. In turn, this could result in hair loss which they may be able to claim for
In this section, we’ll take a look at what can be included in a claim for loss of hair. The first part of a compensation claim which covers you for the injuries you’ve sustained is known as general damages.
If you choose to make a claim with a solicitor, they will usually arrange for you to attend a medical appointment. Here, a medical professional will look over your injuries and confirm the extent of them, as well as how long they expect your recovery to be.
They’ll then send their findings to the parties involved in your claim, who will refer to this report as well as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) in order to calculate your compensation. The figures included in the JCG are guideline compensation brackets based on previous compensation awards.
You may notice that there are a number of websites offering personal injury compensation calculators which offer to value your claim. These websites can be useful guides. However, they often don’t collect enough information from you to accurately value your claim. For this reason, we advise that you get in touch with our team to see how much you could be owed.
In addition to general damages, you may also be awarded special damages in a successful personal injury claim. Special damages cover you for the financial losses you’ve incurred as a direct result of your injuries.
Special damages can cover a range of expenses. These can include things like time taken off work. It may also cover loss of future earnings if you’re no longer able to work at all. You can also claim for the cost of transport, and any medication or treatment you’ve had to pay for that isn’t available on the NHS.
It’s important to keep a record of any expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries. If you don’t, they won’t be able to be included in your claim. For instance, bills and receipts may be able to prove that you’ve been left out of pocket by your injuries.
If you’re unsure whether you’re entitled to special damages in relation to your injuries, get in touch with a member of our team today. They’ll be happy to discuss how much compensation you could be owed.
Miss Davenport, 26, worked as a dancer in a troupe that often accompanied musical artists on tour around the UK. She enjoyed her job a great deal and was thrilled with the travel opportunities it offered her.
As a performer, Miss Davenport took great pride in her appearance and regularly had her hair coloured. Her previous hairdresser had recently shut up shop, so she sought out recommendations for new stylists from friends and family. She was pressed for time as her dance troupe were due to perform at a music festival in a week’s time. Because of this, she booked the first appointment that was available.
How did the accident happen?
When she arrived at the appointment, she was taken to a chair. She explained what she wanted to the stylist, who began working on her hair. After the colour was put in her hair, the stylist walked away to attend to another client.
After the stylist left, Miss Davenport noticed that her scalp started to feel hot and itchy. She called over to the stylist, who told Miss Davenport that she would be with her soon. The stinging and itching on her scalp were getting worse, and she noticed the skin around her neck and face becoming red and blotchy.
When the hairdresser came back to attend to Miss Davenport, she started to rinse the colour off her hair in the sink. The burning sensation on Miss Davenport’s head subsided slightly with the cool water, but her scalp still felt very itchy and sore.
While leaning over the basin, Miss Davenport was able to catch a glimpse of her reflection as her hair was rinsed. She noticed that large chunks of it were falling out into the sink as the water ran over it.
Miss Davenport immediately knew she had to seek medical attention for her injuries and took herself to the local A&E department. Here, it was confirmed that she had suffered a reaction to a product used by the beauty treatment salon. She should have been told to come in for a patch test 24 hours before her appointment, but the member of staff on reception had failed to make her aware of this.
Furthermore, when the member of staff applying the dye saw that Miss Davenport had not undergone a patch test, she should have refused to carry out the treatment. She failed to do this, resulting in Miss Davenport being injured.
What was the outcome of the accident?
To Miss Davenport’s dismay, she was told that the regrowth of her hair would likely be quite slow. Furthermore, there may be parts of her scalp where the hair would not regrow at all. As a result, she was unable to start her upcoming tour with the rest of her dance troupe, leading to a loss of earnings.
Her injuries had a profound impact on her mental health. As a result, Miss Davenport was also forced to buy a wig in order to feel comfortable leaving the house.
The loss of hair had a profound impact on Miss Davenport’s mental health. She felt unable to leave the house for anything other than medical appointments. As a result, her social life and personal relationships suffered greatly. As a result, she sought counselling through the NHS. After the initial 10 sessions, she decided to pursue further counselling at her own expense.
Miss Davenport decided to seek legal advice about making a personal injury claim for her injuries. The salon had clearly neglected their duty of care towards her, first by failing to let her know about the need for a patch test and then by failing to enforce this. As a result, she was awarded £32,000 in compensation. The breakdown of her award can be seen below.
|Type Of Special Damages
|Loss Of Hair
|Awarded for suffering loss of hair with poor prospect of regrowth due to negligence
|Awarded for moderate psychiatric damage with issues related to work, life, education and relationships but where there has been some improvement and the prognosis is good.
|Type Of Special Damages
|From being unable to join her dance troupe on their upcoming tour
|Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by her doctor
|Costs of using public transport for journeys
|Costs of hiring a counsellor to overcome the PTSD
|Because of the severe impact that her loss of hair had on her mental health, Ms Davenport purchased a wig to hide the effects of her injury.
Note: This is an example case study. It is based on our experience in assessing and valuing claims.
Our helpful team can provide you with a consultation free of charge before you take any legal action. They are also able to offer you free legal advice relating to the personal injury claims process.
As we’ve mentioned before, there are some companies that offer online compensation calculators to value your claim. Often, these calculators don’t collect the amount of information needed to accurately value your claim.
If you’re considering making a claim for compensation and would like to know how much you could be owed, get in touch with a member of our team today.
When you’re offered a No Win No Fee agreement, it means that a solicitor agrees to only receive payment for your claim under certain conditions. They won’t ask you for any money before your claim starts or while it’s ongoing. Furthermore, you won’t have to pay them anything if your claim is unsuccessful.
If your claim is successful, then your solicitor will deduct a legally capped percentage of your compensation to cover their costs. The amount that is deducted will be agreed upon between you and your solicitor before they start your claim. You will always receive the majority of the compensation that is awarded to you. Contact us for further details about No Win No Fee agreements and to see if you could be eligible to claim under this kind of agreement.
Hopefully, this guide will have answered any questions that you have in relation to making a claim. However, you may have further questions about making a claim for hair loss. If so, you can get in touch with us to find out more.
Additionally, if you want to start your compensation claim today, we may be able to pass you to one of our panel of personal injury solicitors. If you do wish to get in touch, you can do so by:
- Giving us a call by ringing 0161 696 9685
- Getting in touch via our Live Chat option to the bottom right of this screen
- Writing to us at our contact form
Thank you for reading about how to claim compensation after suffering a loss of hair caused by someone else’s negligence. We hope you now have much more knowledge about the subject matter.
Below, we’ve provided you with some additional links. You may find them useful and informative.
The first page takes a look at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how you may be able to claim for psychiatric injury.
Our guide on laser hair removal negligence could help you claim if you’ve suffered laser burns during a beauty treatment.
If you’re interested in claiming for a beauty salon treatment goes wrong, our guide could be of use to you.
The NHS website also provides information regarding loss of hair.
You can find information on health and safety in hairdressing on the HSE website.
If you’d like more information on preventing accidents while on the road, you can refer to the Highway Code.
If you’ve suffered an injury while your hairdresser was cutting your hair, you can check out this guide to see if you can sue them.
Could a traumatic injury cause a loss of hair?
Telogen effluvium is the condition that describes hair loss that occurs because of stress or trauma. There is no treatment, and it usually resolves itself once the trigger is removed.
What treatments are available for hair loss?
The treatment for hair loss can vary depending on the cause. Steroid injections, light therapy and hair transplants are all potential treatments for hair loss.
Does the hair grow back?
In the vast majority of cases, hair does grow back. But if the trauma scars the hair follicles, there could be longer-term scalp damage, and the hair may not return.
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