If I received second degree burns from a hair salon and it caused necrotic tissue, what should I do?

UPDATED: Mar 16, 2012

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If I received second degree burns from a hair salon and it caused necrotic tissue, what should I do?

I went to a hair salon to get highlights and ended up with second degree burns. My forehead got swollen two days after and I went to the doctor. He told me it was swelling because I had an infection. He referred me to a specialist. The specialist told me I had necrotic tissue caused by the burns. He removed the dead tissue. Problem now is that I will need cosmetic surgery to restore my scalp and get hair again because I will only have scar tissue left. I have contacted lawyers but since it is a small business they don’t see money out of it. I have talked to the stylist and she says she doesn’t have insurance or money and that it is not her fault.

Asked on March 16, 2012 under Personal Injury, Georgia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the hair salon for negligence. The hair stylist should also be named as a defendant. When you complete your medical treatment and are released by the doctor or are declared by the doctor to be permanent and stationary which means having reached a point in your treatment where no further improvement is anticipated, obtain your medical bills, medical reports and documentation of any wage loss.  Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your injury and will be used to support your claim for pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.  You will need to file your lawsuit for negligence against the hair salon and hair stylist prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.

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