Hair Damage Claim: Specialist solicitor sets out the amounts of compensation for damaged hair and an injured scalp in UK accidents
Discover what a hair damage claim is, the symptoms of hair / scalp injury, common hairdresser negligence claims, the two types of compensation you can claim with examples of compensation amounts for balding, burned hair, patchiness, brittle hair, scalp dermatitis and psychological injuries.
What is a hair damage claim?
If your hair is damaged as a result of an accident (such as your hair catching fire in a barbers); as a result of professional negligence (such as bleaching with the wrong chemicals by a hairdresser leaving you with an itchy sensitive scalp); in a criminal act of violence (such as in an assault – leaving you with bald patches) and someone is considered to be “legally at fault” for your hair damage – it is quite likely you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation in the UK courts.
Such a claim is known as a “hair damage claim”, which is a type of personal injury claim where the part of the body which is injured is your hair and scalp.
What is the most common hair damage claim?
The most common hair damage claim is that which involves a hairdresser or barber.
I have known cases where a barber has caused a client’s hair to catch fire from using the wrong chemicals on the hair and hairdressers who have caused damage through the incorrect use of bleach, waving equipment, chemicals for tinting, etc.
Another source of hair damage is that involving chemicals in work accidents claim – usually however other body parts are also injured in such accidents.
What are the symptoms of hair damage?
The symptoms of hair damage include: thinning hair, bald patches, dry and brittle hair, dermatitis of the scalp (itchiness, burning and tingling) and even psychological injury (this is more common for women than men so far as hair damage is concerned).
What types of compensation are you entitled to in a hair damage claim?
There are two main types of compensation you can claim for in a hair damage claim:
1. Pain and suffering for the hair and scalp injury
You are entitled to claim compensation for pain and suffering caused by an injury to any body part, including your hair and scalp.
To determine how much you can claim your lawyer will instruct an independent medical expert to look at your GP and hospital notes, examine you and consider the events of the accident which lead to your injury. This expert will then complete a report with a description of the injuries you suffered and what the future holds for your hair. Most importantly whether any problems with your hair and scalp will be temporary or permanent.
Based upon this report your solicitor will be able to determine how much your hair damage claim is worth for your pain, suffering and inconvenience.
Should the skin of your face be injured in the same accident – click facial scarring compensation to see the page I have written setting out the amounts of compensation you can expect to receive.
2. Financial losses and expenses
Financial losses might include lost income for time taken off work, medical expenses for treatment to your hair, travel expenses to your hospital and GP for treatment, etc.
If you are in an industry where looks and confidence are very important, such as a modeling career or even a stewardess or flight attendant – you might have a significant future loss of income and career prospects.
Examples of how much compensation for pain and suffering for different types of hair damage claim
Average compensation payouts for hair damage claims concluding in 2019, include:
1. Temporary hair and scalp damage
If you suffer hair damage or scalp injuries – such as bald patches, brittle hair, itchy sensitive scalp – but your hair and scalp quickly return to normal with no ongoing affects your hair damage claim is likely to be calculated between: £1,000 – £6,400
2. Permanent ongoing symptoms average claim payouts
If you suffer permanent ongoing symptoms of hair loss, scalp damage and there is a psychological effect as a result of these conditions your compensation settlement is likely to be: £6,400 – £9,700
Summary of hair damage claim compensation amounts
On this page you have seen the symptoms of hair and scalp damage with examples of how much UK compensation your hair damage claim is likely be worth.
I recommend you click hair and scalp compensation claim solicitor to discuss your accident online or in person and find out how much compensation your hair damage claim settlement is worth.