Men and women who seek laser hair removal or other cosmetic procedures
risk the possibility of suffering burns. Does this type of injury provide
the basis for a
personal injury claim? It depends on the circumstances.
Hair removal surgery requires the use of a special laser, often an Intense
Pulsed Light machine, which is designed to quickly heat up the hair follicle
to prevent hair from growing back again. The faster the laser heats, the
greater the chance that an individual may suffer a burn. The most common
laser treatment injuries involve
second and third degreeburns.
In some cases, even seemingly
minor burns can lead to serious medical problems. Second degree burns, which penetrate the top layer of the skin and may
cause blistering, redness, and soreness, can cause great pain and can
require weeks of healing time. Depending on the severity, second degree
burns can even require skin grafting to repair the damage.
Third degree burns, which are the most serious type of burns, penetrate
every layer of the skin and may cause damage to the bones, nerves, organs,
and the bloodstream. Because of the severity of this kind of injury, victims
may suffer additional complications such as shock, infection, or blood
loss, and are also at risk for scarring over the impacted area.
There are a variety of legal options that a laser burn victim can exercise
after a burn injury. A lawsuit of this type is usually grounded in negligence,
but cannot fall under medical malpractice. This is because these kinds
of procedures are not considered medical treatment under state law, and
often are not required to be performed by a licensed doctor.
A victim can decide to hold any of the following parties liable for their injury:
- The laser technician, cosmetologist, or other non-medical personnel
- The technician’s employer
- The owner of the spa or other facility
- The person responsible for training the technician
- The manufacturer of the defective laser equipment
It is a good idea for victims to document their medical care and to take
notes and pictures of the injury during the healing process. They may
also wish to have their injuries evaluated by a plastic surgeon. By retaining
all of their medical records, victims can strengthen their claim and improve
their chances of a reasonable settlement. In the event that an insurance
company refuses to offer acceptable recompense, the documentation will
also be useful if the case goes to trial.
We Offer Representation for Victims of Laser Burns
Biren Law Group has recovered more than $250 million for victims of serious
and catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries,
and severe burns. Call a Los Angeles personal injury attorney from our
firm as soon as possible to set up a
free case evaluation: (310) 896-4345.