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Beauty Parlor, Nail Salon, or Tattoo Parlor Injuries

Office If you are like most people in Los Angeles, you likely view your time spent at beauty or nail salons or at tattoo parlors as a time to relax and be pampered. While most salons and parlors comply with the state’s regulations governing them and are safe, some salons and parlors do not. In some cases, patrons at beauty and nail salons or at tattoo parlors may suffer serious injuries or infections because of the owners’ failures to follow safety and hygiene regulations for their businesses. People may also suffer injuries due to the negligent or reckless actions of their operators. If you have suffered an injury or contracted an infection that you believe was caused by the actions of your cosmetologist, esthetician or tattoo artist, an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles may work to recover damages to compensate you.

Causes and Types of Injuries at Salons and Tattoo Parlors

There are several types of injuries that can happen at beauty and nail salons and tattoo parlors. Some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Slipping and falling because of drinks spilled on floors, leaks and slick floor surfaces
  • Trips over objects left on floors
  • Shocks from unsecured electrical cords
  • Chemical burns
  • Wax burns
  • Laser burns
  • Allergic reactions
  • Staph infections
  • Bacterial and viral infections
  • Scalp injuries
  • Cuts and abrasions

People may suffer fractures in falls, burns, permanent scarring and disfigurement in salon accidents. They may also contract diseases and illnesses when the instruments are not properly disinfected, needles are reused, the ink is bad or their artists have active infections or diseases while they are working.

Regulations Governing Nail and Beauty Salons and Tattoo Parlors
Tattooist posing in tatoo salon

Because of the risks of injuries and infections, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlors are heavily regulated in California. The regulations are meant to keep the public safe when they go in for beauty treatments and tattoos. Salons and tattoo parlors are supposed to keep their premises clean. They must have covered waste bins to contain soiled gowns. Tattoo parlors must dispose of used needles in biohazard containers, and they are forbidden from reusing needles. Salon owners are forbidden from allowing estheticians or cosmetologists with active infections or communicable diseases from working on customers. All of the instruments must be disinfected after each customer in clearly marked solutions. When the combs and scissors have been used, they must be placed in marked containers showing that they are dirty so that the can be decontaminated.

Tattoo parlors are required under the Safe Body Art Act to obtain health licenses certifying that their facilities meet the required standards. They must also check their ink to make certain that it has not been recalled and that it is not expired. Tattoo artists must sterilize all of their equipment in autoclaves to prevent the spread of infection, and they are mandated to review the health histories of their customers before giving them tattoos.

NOTE: For an overview of California Law, in general, on the duty of commercial business owners to maintain a safe premises can be found at our related page here: Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney | Premises Liability

Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Attorney

While you might think about the possibility of being injured or of contracting a disease when you go to a beauty or nail salon or a tattoo parlor, it can happen. When the owners fail to follow the state and municipal regulations and ordinances, you may suffer serious burns, fractures, cuts, abrasions and more. You may also contract numerous diseases and infections, including hepatitis, HIV, staph infections and others. If you believe that your injury or illness resulted from your salon or parlor visit, you might need to get the help of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. An attorney may help you to build the evidence that you need to show that what happened in the beauty salon or tattoo parlor was the cause of your injury or illness. This may help you to prove liability and to recover damages so that you can be compensated for your losses. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation about your case.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.