Achieving an all over tan is a popular pursuit for many people and one of the most common ways of achieving a sunkissed or bronzed look is through the use of sunbeds. You may have your own sunbed or use a friend’s sunbed, however, most people opt for using a sunbed at a beauty salon where there is often more than one available.
Unfortunately, there are incidents when using sunbeds where a user can be injured through no fault of their own. If you have been injured while using a sunbed then it can be possible to make a personal injury claim.
Sun Bed Injury Types
The validity of your sunbed claim will depend upon whether or not the sunbed shop or salon owner is responsible for your injury or injuries by not supplying the correct care, treatment or equipment. You must be able to demonstrate clearly that there was negligence from a third party in order for a sunbed injury claim to be successful. The following kinds of claims can arise from the use of sunbeds:
- Eye injury claims. For example, if you suffer from cataracts, this can be caused by prolonged exposure to UV lighting
- Burn injuries can also occur if you are on a sunbed for too long
- Skin cancer can also develop if you are repeatedly exposed to UV lights on sunbeds for too long
- Premature ageing can also result due to over-exposure to UV lighting
- Skin allergies and conditions can develop if, for example, there has not been sufficient cleanliness in the tanning booths in between users
- Lack of supervision can lead to numerous kinds of sunbed injury
- If faulty machinery has caused you an injury then you could also make a successful claim
- Many people have made successful sunbed claims if the light tubes have not been correctly changed or maintained on a sunbed or if the wrong bulbs have been used and caused an injury
Sun Bed Regulations Act 2010
Although the sunbed industry is chiefly a safely regulated industry, meaning that staff are not necessarily trained to advise you on how to use a sunbed, there are some regulations that should be adhered to by salon owners. The main regulations to do with sunbed use in salons are to do with minors. If you are under 18 you are not allowed to use a sunbed in the UK and all users must show ID to a salon if they are asked. Owners must also supply users with safety information and eye protection for users before using.
The only reason a young person may use a sunbed is if they are using it for medicinal purposes and it is being used under the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Sun Beds And Skin Cancer
According to the Sunbed Regulation Act 2010, there has been a rise in the number of cases of skin cancer in the UK with one of the main causes of it is linked to over-exposure to UV lighting. There are approximately 100,000 cases of skin cancer every year and malignant melanoma is the most dangerous kinds as it can spread to other parts of the body. 10,670 deaths were related to this form of skin cancer in the UK in 2007 and it is also the most common kind of cancer in 15 – 24-year-olds in the UK. The World Health Organisation published a report to help governments create policies on the use of sunbeds which showed that UV light exposure and added with natural sun exposure adds an increased risk of the disease. If you have a skin cancer diagnosis and believe this could have been caused by the use of sunbeds then it is recommended that you speak to a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case in more detail.
Proving Your Sunbed Injury Case
To help you prove your sunbed injury claim it is helpful to have evidence to back up what you are saying. Photographs, including close-ups of your injury following a sunbed session, can show the extent of the physical damage you have suffered and it is also worthwhile visiting your GP so that your injuries have been officially documented. Visual and medical evidence will help with your claim and sometimes, without evidence it can be difficult to substantiate your claim. If you have suffered from a sunbed injury of any kind then please get in touch without no win no fee solicitors at Jefferies and we can help establish the validity of your claim and advise you of your next steps.
Effects of A Sunbed Injury
If you have suffered a sunbed injury then you could have suffered from any number of different physical and psychological conditions, including anxiety; emotional distress; severe burns and/or scarring. You may have needed to have time off work in relation to the damage to your health and you may have also required the help of private medical treatment, for instance, counselling. A compensation claim will take into consideration the depth of your pain and suffering as a result of your injury and it will also consider any special damages, like a loss of earnings or medical treatment you have had to pay for. If you have had to pay for anything in relation to your physical injuries then it is advisable that you keep all receipts for this.
Claiming Sunbed Injury Compensation With Jefferies Solicitors
In all personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit in starting your legal action, this starts from the time you had knowledge of your injury. If you would like further details on starting a sunbed injury claim please call 0800 342 3206 to speak to one of Jefferies’ no win no fee solicitors today. Alternatively, you may complete one of our online claim forms.