How To Sue A Hairdresser For Cutting You

By Lewis Aaliyah. Last Updated 26th January 2024. Have you recently been cut by a hairdresser? Do you need advice on how to sue a hairdresser for cutting you? This guide will give you the information you need regarding claims against hairdressers. 

Male grooming and hairstyling trends have rocketed in the past few years, resulting in barbershops being more popular than ever. This is great news for barbers, but it does increase the risk of mistakes. 

Visiting the barbershop is a pleasant experience for most people, as they leave feeling fresh and satisfied with their haircut. However, what if it goes wrong? How do you sue a hairdresser for cutting you? A barber may be more likely to cause a scalp injury if they are inexperienced and new to the job, but you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences.

Hairdresser compensation claims often involve more than just damaged hair and hair loss. They could be to do with a cut to the ear, cut to a mole, scalp laceration, and many other types of hairdresser injury.                                                                                                  

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If you’re wondering how to sue a hairdresser for cutting, this guide is for you. It will discuss what you need to know about suing a barber and making personal injury claims against hairdressers. You can get in touch with our team of advisers by calling 020 3870 4868, or start a claim online. Alternatively, you can chat with our advisers through our online pop-up box for an instant reply.

Once an adviser learns more about your scalp injury, laceration, or cut, they can connect you with our panel of expert lawyers. They can then decide if your case is strong enough to launch a personal injury claim against a barber or hairdresser. Additionally, a personal injury solicitor can also discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and give you free legal advice regarding suing a hairdresser.

We cannot help you make a claim if we don’t find out more about your hairdresser injury first, so don’t hesitate to have a chat with our advisers. They will be happy to help you and answer any queries you may have regarding hairdressing compensation claims. If you do contact our advisers to receive free legal advice, you are under no obligation to continue with our services, but if you decide to, we can connect you with an experienced personal injury lawyer from our panel.

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Services And Information

  1. Calculating Compensation When Suing A Hairdresser For Cutting You
  2. What Are The Health And Safety Regulations For Hairdressers?
  3. How Much Time Do I Have To Sue A Hairdresser?
  4. Do You Handle Claims For Cuts And Lacerations By Hairdressers On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  5. Other Information

Calculating Compensation When Suing A Hairdresser For Cutting You

When pursuing hairdresser injury compensation, there are different heads of claim to consider, including:

  • General damages: Awarded to cover the pain and suffering inflicted by your injuries. They also compensate for any loss of amenity caused, which is when you are unable to take part in activities that you usually enjoy. For example, if you have broken your toe, you might not be able to go jogging if you normally would.
  • Special damages: Any losses or out-of-pocket expenses are covered under special damages. For example, if your injury results in you needing time off work, you could suffer a loss of earnings. Retain your wage slip as evidence.

Although you will need to speak to a personal injury lawyer to assess your special damages, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) offer insight into what general damages might be included in hairdresser injury claims. Solicitors compare evidence to figures featured in the JCG to estimate the value of your claim.

The 16th edition features the estimated value of multiple injuries. The figures are influenced by settlements awarded in previous personal injury claims. Other elements that determine the compensation amounts include your expected recovery time and the impact that your injuries have had on your mental health.

The table below features settlement amounts taken from the JCG.

Part of Body Level of Injury Compensation Amount Injuries may Include
Multiple Severe Injuries and Related Expenses Very Serious Up to £150,000+ Claimants could be compensated for more than one serious injury and related costs, such as cosmetic surgery and lost wages.
Facial Disfigurement Severe £29,780 to £97,330 Facial scarring in young claims (typically teens-30 years old that causes psychological distress.
Facial Disfigurement Less Severe £17,960 to £48,420 Substantial facial scarring has caused a significant psychological reaction.
Facial Disfigurement Moderate £9,110 to £30,090 The worst effects will be/have been reduced by plastic surgery. The psychological effects aren’t significant or have lessened.
Hair Damage Severe £7,340 to £11,020 Scalp may develop burning or eczema or hair may fall out or become brittle.
Eye Injury Severe £49,270 to £54,830 Scarring in the region of the affected eye. Serious loss of vision in one eye. Blurry vision in the other eye would claim awards at the top of this bracket.
Eye Injury Moderate £9,110 to £20,980 Minor but permanent loss of vision in one or both eyes. Double vision and sensitivity to bright light.

Please note you should only use the table above as guidance. If you seek a more accurate insight into the work of your hairdresser injury compensation claim, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our advisors could connect you with a specialist lawyer from our panel.

What Are The Health And Safety Regulations For Hairdressers?

All hairdressers must adhere to the duty of care set out within the Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964. As stated above, the law requires that hairdressers must perform strand tests and sterilise equipment to prevent allergic reactions, injuries and infections.

This legislation also states that hairdressers must be properly trained on how to safely carry out their duties. They must be skilled and competent workers who understand how to keep clients safe, as well as why this duty of care is important. 

Additionally, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) states that employers and workers must carry out regular testing of electrical appliances. This is to ensure the appliances work properly and are safe to use on clients. 

If any of the above rules and regulations are not adhered to and you consequently suffer an injury, you may be eligible to receive hairdressing compensation. You can contact our team to start the personal injury claims process today.

What Duty Of Care Do Hairdressers Have?

When you are getting your haircut, your hairdresser has a duty of care to safeguard and protect you. This means they must follow the legal procedures to keep you safe, such as sterilising and cleaning equipment and tools.

Moreover, they must carry out strand testing to ensure you aren’t allergic to any of the products they are using on your hair. This is usually carried out 48 to 24 hours before your appointment. If you suffer an injury because your hairdresser skipped these steps, you may be eligible to make a hairdressing compensation claim. 

Hairdressers must follow their legal duty of care, which we will discuss further in the next section.

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How Much Time Do I Have To Sue A Hairdresser?

There is a three-year time limit to make a personal injury claim regarding your hairdresser injury. This is three years from when the injury occurs or from when you realise the injury was caused by your hairdresser’s negligence.

If you’re under 18, the three-year time limit begins on your 18th birthday. Alternatively, someone you trust can act as a Litigation Friend and pursue the personal injury claim for you anytime before your 18th birthday.

Similarly, if you are incapacitated or lack the mental ability to represent yourself in a claim, the time limit for suing a hairdresser commences when you begin your recovery. On the other hand, a friend/family member can become a Litigation Friend and begin suing a barber for you at any time. 

If you have suffered a hairdresser injury, our team of legal advisers would be happy to help you begin the process of suing a hairdresser. If your claim has good grounds for compensation, they can connect you with our panel of personal injury solicitors who can help you gain the compensation you deserve.

Do You Handle Claims For Cuts And Lacerations By Hairdressers On A No Win No Fee Basis? 

If you are eligible to sue a hairdresser for cutting you, you may like to do so with legal representation. One of the personal injury solicitors from our panel could help with your claim. Our panel typically offer their services under a type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

No Win No Fee solicitors usually don’t take payments towards their services upfront. They also won’t collect ongoing fees for their services as your hairdresser injury claim is ongoing. Furthermore, if your claim fails, they won’t take a fee for their work on the claim.

However, following a successful claim, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation. The amount that can be taken is a percentage that is capped by law.

A member of our advisory team could help answer any questions you have about the personal injury claims process. Additionally, if you satisfy the eligibility criteria, you could be connected to one of the solicitors from our panel. Get in touch with us today for your free consultation by:

  • Giving us a call on 020 3870 4868
  • Starting your claims process online through our contact page
  • Chatting to an advisor through our live chat feature

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Other Information

  • Can you Sue on Behalf of Someone else?: Is the victim incapacitated or under 18? Our guide explores whether you can sue on behalf of someone else.
  • Personal Injury Claims: Have you suffered an injury that may not have been your fault? Our article discusses whether you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim and receive compensation.
  • What are my Rights After an Accident at Work in the UK?: Have you suffered a workplace injury? Our guide will assess whether you could be able to make a personal injury claim.
  • Cuts and Grazes: If you are caring for a cut of laceration after a hairdresser injury, this NHS guide tells you how to treat the wound and when to get medical help.
  • Hair Loss: Have you suffered hair loss due to a hairdresser injury? This NHS article explores when to see a GP and the treatments that may help with your loss of hair.

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