When Can You Claim For An Infection After A Piercing?

If you have been wondering, ‘Can you claim for an infection after a piercing?’, this guide may contain the information you have been looking for. When you receive a piercing, the body piercer performing this service has certain regulations and rules that they need to adhere to. We will set out what these are and the criteria your case will need to meet in order to have a valid public liability claim.

From this, we will then discuss the different ways you may suffer an infection or body piercing injuries and how a body piece could be held liable for the harm you have suffered. This guide will then discuss how your personal injury claim may be valued and the different forms of compensation that could be awarded to make up your final settlement.

Furthermore, we share what evidence could be gathered to help support botched body piercing claims. Finally, we end this guide by sharing how one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel could help you with making your claim.

If you have any questions about claiming body piercing injury compensation, you can contact a member of our advisory team. To connect with them today, you can:

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  1. Can You Claim For An Infection After A Piercing?
  2. How Could You Suffer A Body Piercing Injury?
  3. How Much Compensation For A Botched Body Piercing?
  4. Evidence That Could Help You Claim Body Piercing Compensation
  5. Claim For An Infection After A Piercing Using A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Learn More About When Can You Claim For An Infection After A Piercing

Can You Claim For An Infection After A Piercing?

You may be wondering, ‘Can you claim for an infection after a piercing?’. The body piercer or company that they work for owes you a duty of care. They must ensure that whilst carrying out your body piercing, they take reasonable steps to prevent you from suffering harm. These steps may include:

  • Providing appropriate training to staff and ensuring that they have all the necessary qualifications to carry out body piercings.
  • Providing the correct equipment to carry out the piercing.
  • Ensuring all equipment is correctly stored, cleaned and sterilised.
  • Providing customers with the correct information regarding the aftercare of their piercing.

If you have suffered harm, such as an infection, you will need to prove that body piercing negligence occurred. This is when the following three criteria are met:

  1. The body piercer owed you a duty of care.
  2. They breached this duty.
  3. Due to this breach, you suffered harm.

It is important to note that not all instances of piercing infections result from negligence. In such cases, you may not be able to claim compensation.

Contact our team today to see whether you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you have suffered harm after receiving a piercing.

How Could You Suffer A Body Piercing Injury?

There are various types of body piercings you could receive. Customers could potentially suffer an infection or injury if body piercing procedures are not handled correctly or safely.

Some examples of different piercings you could receive and how they may lead to an infection inc

  • Ear piercings. Pus could become trapped in the cartilage if a cartilage piercing becomes infected. This infection could occur due to the area not being properly disinfected before the piercing takes place.
  • Nose piercings. An infection could be contracted due to the inside of the nostril not being properly disinfected prior to the piercing.
  • Genital piercings. Someone could contract an infection if a genital piercing is not carried out correctly. This could be due to the piercer not having enough training on how to perform this particular piercing procedure. Such infections could cause the person to experience pain during urination or problems with sexual activities.
  • Tongue piercings. You could contract an infection if the piercing tools have not been properly sterilised prior to the procedure. You could also experience injuries to your teeth or nerve damage if the piercing is carried out improperly.

You must remember, to be able to make a personal injury claim, the body piercer must have breached their duty of care and that this is what caused your infection.

Contact our team to discuss some potential examples of public liability claims made for body piercing infection. They can also inform you whether you may have a valid case.

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How Much Compensation For A Botched Body Piercing?

You may also be wondering, ‘How much can you claim for an infection after a piercing?’. How much compensation you could receive will depend on the various factors affecting your claim. However, you could be awarded two different heads of loss.

The first one is known as special damages, and it is awarded in all successful personal injury claims. General damages compensate you for the mental and physical harm you have suffered.

When your claim is being valued for general damages, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) may be referred to. This document contains a variety of injuries alongside compensation guidelines for each injury.

In the table below, we have used some of these guidelines. Please note, however, that the first line has not been taken from the JCG.

Compensation Table

Nature And Severity Of InjuriesInjury NotesExample Compensation Settlement
Compensation for multiple serious injuries and financial lossesUp to £150,000+Compensation awarded for multiple serious injuries as well as for the financial impact, such as lost earnings, medical expenses and travel fees.
Facial Disfigurement - Very Severe Scarring£29,780 to £97,330Claimants are aged between being a teenager and 30. The disfiguring cosmetic effect causes a severe psychological reaction.
Facial Disfigurement - Less Severe Scarring£17,960 to £48,420There has been a significant degree of psychological impact and substantial disfigurement.
Facial Disfigurement - Significant Scarring£9,110 to £30,090Cosmetic surgery will have reduced the worst impacts.
Facial Disfigurement - Less Significant Scarring£3,950 to £13,740The person's appearance has not been markedly affected. They could have one large or several small scars.
Scarring to Other Parts of the Body - Disfiguring or Noticeable£7,830 to £22,730This could include a single scar which is disfiguring or multiple smaller scars.
Scarring to Other Parts of the Body - Superficial or Noticeable£2,370 to £7,830Either one scar which is noticeable and which causes minor cosmetic defect or several superficial ones.
Psychiatric Damage - Moderate£5,860 to £19,070Despite struggling to cope with daily work or social life, marked improvements will have been made.

Special Damages In An Infection Injury Claim

The other head of loss you may be awarded is known as special damages. Special damages are designed to compensate you for the financial effects of your injury or infection. Special damages could compensate you for:

  • Medical expenses such as medical treatment and over the counter pain relief medication.
  • The cost of getting to and from medical appointments.
  • A loss of earnings due to time off work.

You will need to provide evidence of these financial losses. This may include invoices or receipts for costs incurred or bank statements and pay slips to prove lost income.

Contact us today to find out more about how much compensation you may be able to claim for your particular case.

Evidence That Could Help You Claim Body Piercing Compensation

When you make a claim for an infection after a piercing, you will need to provide evidence that supports your case. This evidence will need to show how the piercer was liable and the extent of the harm you suffered.

Examples of evidence that could be collected to help support your negligent body piercing claim include:

  • Medical evidence of your infection, such as your medical records. This could also highlight the treatment you have needed to receive for your infection.
  • Photographs of the visible effects of your infection, such as redness and swelling.
  • A diary detailing the symptoms the infection has caused you to experience.
  • Contact details of anyone who witnessed you receiving your piercing. This could be a family member or friend, for example. They could then provide a statement at a later date.

Contact our advisors today to see whether you could make a body piercing compensation claim. In addition to checking the eligibility of your case, they may also connect you with a personal injury solicitor on our panel. As part of their services, they could assist you with gathering evidence to support your claim.

Claim For An Infection After A Piercing Using A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Another question you may be asking is, ‘Can you claim for an infection after a piercing on a No Win No Fee basis?’. If you meet the eligibility requirements, one of the No Win No Fee solcitors on our panel could help you with making a body piercing injury claim.

They may offer to represent you under a Conditional Fee Agreement. With this particular type of No Win No Fee arrangement in place, you will not need to pay your solicitor anything for their services prior to the claim starting, while it is progressing or if it fails.

At the end of the claims process, if successful, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation. The percentage which may be deducted is capped by law. This ensures that you retain the majority of your compensation.

If you have any questions regarding how to make a No Win No Fee claim with the help of a solicitor, you can contact our advisors. They can also provide you with free advice for your specific case. Connect with them today via one of the following methods:

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