Salon and Tattoo Parlor Injuries: Can You Recover Damages?

By: JML Law | November 2, 2017.
Salon and Tattoo Parlor Injuries: Can You Recover Damages?

It seems that just about anyone in Los Angeles is sporting at least one tattoo nowadays.

Fact: Americans spend over $1.65 billion on tattoos every year! That’s a lot of ink.

Interestingly, nearly 20% of Americans who have tattoos regret getting their tattoos. But you can regret getting a tattoo not only because it’s ugly, but also because it caused you serious injuries or infection.

Salon and tattoo parlor injuries have become a widespread issue in Los Angeles, where it’s quite challenging to find an adult in his 20s or 30s without a single tattoo.

Despite strict state regulations governing tattoos in California, there are many salons and parlors that don’t comply with the regulations.
Here at JML Law, we’ve had many years call our Los Angeles offices and ask our personal injury attorneys, “Can I hold a tattoo artist liable for negligence or for failure to follow safety and hygiene regulations?”

The answer is, “Absolutely!” You see, it doesn’t matter where you suffer an injury or contract an infection: at a nail salon, beauty salon, or tattoo artist: they’re all required to meet California regulations and standards, and can be held liable for negligence or failure to comply with the laws.
Over the past more than 35 years, our attorneys have helped clients recover damages to compensate for their injuries and infections caused by the actions of a tattoo artist.

The law is on your side, and while you can’t talk directly to the law, you can talk to our personal injury attorneys at JML Law to get a free initial consultation about your case: call our Los Angeles offices at 818-610-8800 or send an email for a free consultation.

Reasons to sue salon or tattoo parlor for negligence

If you suffered an injury or contracted an infection after getting a tattoo, the tattoo artist who did this may be held liable for negligence.
Negligence, which holds your tattoo artist accountable for the unintentional harm caused to you, can be proven by showing that the salon or tattoo parlor – or the tattoo artist in particular – failed to meet the required standard of care regulated by the law in Los Angeles.

What is the required standard of care

  1. The tattoo artist is required to ask you related questions about your medical history, injuries, allergies or predisposition to have skin cells build up.
  2. He/she must also ask you if you are over 18 and check your ID (it’s illegal to get a tattoo in Los Angeles under 18).
  3. The tattoo artist is required to show health and safety certificates to prove his/her expertise and that he/she is a professional.
  4. He/she is required to use a new and sterile needle on each client. The tattoo artist is also required to wash his/her hands thoroughly before the procedure and wear disposable gloves.
  5. The tattoo artist is also required to give you adequate and detailed after-care advice.
  6. He/she must check their ink to make sure it has not been recalled by the manufacturer and that it isn’t expired.
  7. All equipment used in the tattoo procedure must be properly sterilized.

If a tattoo artist failed to follow any of the above-mentioned rules, he/she may be held liable for your injuries or infections. When filing a negligence lawsuit, it’s imperative that you provide sufficient evidence of your injuries and/or infection as well as all the damages associated with it (lost wages, lost capacity, etc.).

Let our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles help you obtain compensation on your behalf. Tattoo injury cases can be difficult to litigate because the chain of events leading up to the injury or infection may be hard to establish.

Call JML Law’s Los Angeles offices at 818-610-8800 or send an email today for a free case evaluation.

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