Hair Salon Chemical Burns Attorney
Hair stylists use a number of chemicals that can cause serious damage to clients if they are not applied properly. These chemicals, if left in too long or otherwise applied improperly, can lead to severe scalp burns. Stylists often use heat lamps to speed up the chemical reaction when they apply hair products, which can create additional risk of injury. Victims of negligent hair salons can suffer temporary or permanent burns, causing pain and suffering as well as hair loss and disfigurement. A hair salon chemical burns attorney at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson can help you recover the compensation you are owed if your hair salon’s unsafe practices caused you to suffer a severe burn.
What types of hair salon treatments lead to burns?
One of the most well-known hair procedures that has been known to lead to burns is the “Brazilian Blowout.” The procedure involves the application of a liquid keratin formula meant to reduce frizz and straighten hair, and it can leave perm burns if not performed correctly. Other beauty salon procedures that can lead to scalp burn include hair bleaching, hair lightening, hair coloring, or hair straightening or “relaxing” perms.
What causes the burns from these hair treatments?
Burns can result from a number of factors involved with these treatments. First and foremost, the chemicals used in these procedures have toxic properties. Chemicals like lye, formaldehyde and calcium hydroxide can trigger severe burns if not handled appropriately. Hair stylists wear gloves to protect their skin from contact with these chemicals and generally pull the hair through plastic caps or wrap the hair in foil to prevent the chemicals from contacting your skin. If they apply the treatment inappropriately, the chemicals may come in direct contact with your skin and cause injury.
People may also have allergies to certain chemicals in the treatments. A trained hair care professional should be able to quickly recognize an allergic reaction and stop the treatment in order to prevent a more serious reaction. Hair stylists should know the risks of using these chemicals and know how to properly follow the manufacturer’s instructions in order to prevent injury. For example, a trained hair care professional should know to perform a simple hair strand test to test your hair’s reaction to a chemical before applying it all over your head. Failing to perform such a test is negligent behavior that can injure your scalp, and if their negligence causes you injury, they should be held liable for your damages.
There may be problems with the chemicals that even hair care professionals do not realize. Some of the labels are misleading. For example, many claim to be “formaldehyde free” but do not include a warning on the label that explains that applying heat to the chemical (such as with a blow dryer) can cause the release of formaldehyde. The manufacturers or your hair care professional should be aware of these risks and test and label the products appropriately.
What types of injuries can result from these treatments?
A woman in Morgantown, West Virginia, recently filed a lawsuit against a hair salon after a chemical hair color treatment known as a Balayage left her with second- and third-degree burns. Second-degree burns affect the outer and lower level of skin causing pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. Both second and third-degree burns can cause severe pain and can lead to permanent scarring.
Third-degree burns, also called “full thickness burns,” go through the dermal layer into the fat layer beneath the dermis, affecting deeper tissues. They can result in white or blackened, charred skin, resulting in a stiff, waxy white, leathery or tan appearance. Third-degree burns are extremely severe and typically require skin grafts to fully close the wound.
If you experience a scalp burn following a visit to a hair salon, you should immediately see a doctor to determine the extent of the injury. You should also contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to make sure that whoever caused your burn is held liable for your medical expenses and any other damages you suffer as a result of the burn.
Get Help from Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys after a West Virginia Hair Salon Chemical Burn
If you or a loved one has been burned by unsafe chemicals used by a hair salon in West Virginia or western Maryland, contact the effective, determined, and knowledgeable Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a free consultation at 304-263-0900 or (304) LAWYERS.