A trip to the nail salon or beauty parlor should be a pleasurable experience — a time to relax, rejuvenate and yes, get beautiful. But many salon patrons get more than they bargained for when they develop injuries and infections related to:
- Dirty instruments
- Improperly performed procedures
- Unsanitary whirlpools
- Recycled waxing products
- Staff that do not use gloves or protective masks
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has represented people who have sustained injuries and infections following common salon treatments such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, hair coloring and hair relaxers.
Illinois law applicable to salon safety and sanitation
While the cause of our clients’ injuries may be somewhat unique, beauty salon injuries are indeed very real and commonly associated with infections, scarring, burns and cuts. States, such as Illinois, have laws and regulations that require salons to implement sanitation procedures and use licensed staff to protect patrons from injury.
Illinois law has specific regulations applying to the following professions:
- Nail Technicians
- Hair Braiding
Types of salon infections frequently encountered by patrons
There are a myriad of infections that may be lurking within an unscrupulous beauty salon environment. Since these establishments have a steady parade of clients coming through their doors, if they do not adhere to the strict cleanliness standards that are set for them, many infections can be transferred from one client to the next or even from the people administering the treatment. Communicable infections that result from poor sanitation procedures are:
- Athletes foot
- Mycobacterium fortuitum
These types of preventable infections can cause illness, disfiguring scars and in extreme cases, even death.
Tattoos and body art: ripe for negligent care
Tattoos and body art such as piercing are becoming more mainstream and also include cosmetic tattooing such as permanent make-up. It is estimated that 21% of adults in the U.S. now have one or more tattoos. In Illinois, tattooing and body art is regulated similarly to nail and hair procedures, under the Department of Public Health. Since these procedures involve penetration of the skin, there is risk of infection both from unclean instruments and even the tattoo dye itself. Blood borne illnesses such as hepatitis and tetanus can be easily contracted if there is insufficient sterilization of equipment.Insurance for salon infections and negligence
Most salons carry liability insurance coverage to cover claims for injuries to patrons. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will work with the insurance company to secure the most favorable outcome and will take the facility to court if necessary.
If you were injured following a salon procedure in Chicago or other city within Illinois, we suggest you take photos of the resulting condition and contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for consultation at your home or at our office. Our Chicago beauty salon accident lawyers have experience resolving claims involving injuries at a variety of salons and health care facilities. Call us today to discuss your case without cost or obligation on your end. 888-424-5757
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