Georgia Beauty Salon Injury and Infection Lawsuit Lawyers


July 02, 2018

Going to the barbershop or a salon should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. You come out hopefully looking good and feeling refreshed. You should not be in danger of contracting an illness or disease because the owner of the shop or salon failed to take appropriate sanitary precautions. Cosmeticians, hairdressers, and barbers learn how to control the spread of infectious diseases while in cosmetology or barber school. Additionally, spa owners know that they must carefully cleanse whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and massage tables so that bacteria do not spread. Bacteria fester in those warm and humid environments and are easily communicable from one client to another.

Stopping the Spread of Infection

Bacteria, viruses, and fungi spread from one person to the other when proper sterilization and sterile techniques are abandoned. Communicable diseases like HIV, AIDS, MRSA, as well as Hepatitis B and C, can infect barbershop equipment, especially razors. 

A shave with a straight-edge razor is a treat for many men. However, those traditional instruments  can pass disease from one customer to another if the barber does not take the appropriate precautions. Even a small nick from a straightedge razor might generate enough blood to contaminate the instrument. The barber could spread infection from one customer to another if the barber does not follow the best practices for sanitizing razors and other equipment. 

Equipment such as combs, razors, shears, and scissors must be disinfectedif not sterilized before using them on a different customer. Sterilization involves killing all of the living organisms that adhere to the instruments. Barber tools are also disinfected, which as the name implies, removes bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast from the device. 

Disinfectant materials are usually chemicals the stylist applies to the tools after use on a customer. The stylist might put a comb, for example, into a jar of “Steri-side” located in their workstation. Heat will also kill microorganismsfestering on barbershop equipment. 

The same rules and concepts apply to beauty salons and spas. Stopping contamination requires constant vigil. Even at the end of a shift, stylists should only put clean, sterilized or disinfected tools in cases. They should not co-mingle clean and soiled cutting and styling instruments. 

Catching Diseases at a Barbershop, Salon, or Spa

Barbershops, beauty salons, and spas, which include places that perform manicures, pedicures, and waxing, should be covered by malpractice or another form of insurance coverage. The failure of the beautician to follow sanitation protocols that spreads disease from one customer to another could make the person sickened by the beautician’s carelessness eligible for a substantial economic award. Not having insurance is very risky considering how quickly diseases can spread in one of these shops.

Even innocuous treatments like pedicures can cause an infection leading to a severe illness. The tools used to give pedicures can draw blood and if not cleaned correctly after use on each customer, can transfer illnesses. Additionally, waxing can spread disease. Waxing of sensitive areas can transfer infections from customer to customer if technicians do not follow proper protocols. Skin disease or even STDs can be spread from customer to customer without warning if the beautician fails to clean the tools or use new instruments with every new customer.

Spas can be breeding grounds for bacteria. Recreational water illness strikes people who use whirlpools, swimming pools, and showers which are unsanitary. Bacteria can be breathed in leading to pneumonia or accidentally swallowed causing intestinal distress. 

Even people who use tanning beds run the risk of contracting a communicable disease. Staphylococcal bacteria can live up to 24 hours on an object. Eventhough a tanning bed gets quite hot, then bacteria will spread from person to person when used.

Seeking Damages for Barbershop and Salon Injuries

A person who gets sick due to an infection transmitted through unsanitary barbershop, salon, or spa conditions has rights and may be eligible to receive a financial award. The victim can recover medical bills, lost wages, consequential damages like expenses related to medical treatment, and recover for pain and suffering.  If you believe you have suffered an injury or illness because of a negligent salon, you should consult an experienced Georgia barbershop or salon injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and advise you on the necessary steps to protect your rights.

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Sources:

http://sos.ga.gov/plb/acrobat/Laws/28_%20Cosmetology_and_Barbers.pdf
http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/16
https://www.barber-license.com/infection-control/
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/02/5-ways-you-can-catch-disease-at-a-salon.html

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Category: Personal Injury

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