Tanning Salon Burn Injury Liability
Can You Hold Your Tanning Salon Liable for Your Burn Injuries?
Using a tanning bed may offer similar UV rays that come from the sun to get a bronze look. However, there are side effects for individuals who use them too often. A burn is one of them. Due to excessive UV exposure, there is a high chance of experiencing skin damage, along with several other health problems.
Complications of Tanning
When it comes to excessive sun exposure that results in sunburn, you are at a higher risk of experiencing damage to the skin, along with other diseases.
- Your skin is prematurely aging. Getting consistent sun exposure and sun burns may increase your skin aging process. This will make you look older than what you actually are. Photoaging is the proper term used to describe the skin changing due to UV light. Photoaging may cause:
- Dry skin,
- Wrinkly skin,
- Weak connective tissue,
- Dark or discolored spots around your face, arms, hands, chest, or back.
- Skin cancer. Too much exposure to the sun, regardless of whether or not you get a sunburn, will increase your chances of getting skin cancer. Skin cancer may develop around the entire body. The most common area where skin cancer can be found is on the leg. Women are more likely to be affected in that particular area.
- Precancerous skin lesions. This tends to have a rough appearance with scaly patches around the areas that have been affected by the sun. These patches could be white, pink, brown, or tan. They are commonly found on the face, head, neck, and hands of light skinned individuals.
- Eye damage. Having excessive UV light directed towards the eyes will cause damage to the lens, cornea, or retina.
Symptoms of Tanning Salon Burns
- Pain, or
These symptoms may be treatable at home depending on the level of severity. In some cases, the victim may visit a doctor to seek medical attention if their remedies are not helping them recover. It is very important to treat a burn immediately to make sure that it does not get worse.
- First-Degree Burn. Typically causes mild burns. Redness, minor inflammation, pain, swelling, and dryness are visibly seen. It may take 3 to 20 days to heal. Treatment for this degree of burn includes the following:
- Apply aloe vera.
- Apply cool compresses.
- Take cool showers.
- Speak to a doctor about your injury. They may suggest anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, aleve, or advil.
It is highly recommended for an individual to seek medical attention if they are experiencing:
- Consistent pain and swelling,
- Blisters bigger than two inches, or
- A tetanus shot.
- Second-Degree Burn. Deep redness, pain, blisters, discoloration, and the burn area being wet or shiny are common symptoms. Treatment for this degree of burn includes:
- Applying cool water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Applying cool compresses.
- Using a bandage or gauze to cover the burned area.
- Possibly getting a tetanus shot.
- Taking prescribed antibiotics.
If none of these treatments are helping with the recovery process, then the individual should speak to a doctor about their burn severity to have tests run on it. This will help the doctor decide on what type of antibiotic and pain medication they should prescribe to treat your injury.
Since it is a voluntary action to use a tanning bed, it may be difficult to determine if you have any legal rights to compensation. Tanning bed manufacturers could be held liable for your burn injuries if they intentionally did not represent the dangers that come along with using their beds. Salons may also be held liable for being aware of those dangers, but refusing to inform clients about it. Furthermore, salons may also be accountable for not keeping an eye on a client’s time usage on the tanning bed.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
Limitations for Damages in California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.
However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.
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If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a burn accident, an experienced burn injury attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.