Laser Hair Removal Injuries
Choosing an Experienced Massachusetts Laser Hair Removal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a burn due to laser hair removal, you may have a right to obtain compensation. Laser hair removal is marketed as a safe and effective means of permanent hair removal. In most instances, it is safe and effective. However, in untrained hands, the process can cause severe burns.
Laser hair removal injuries generally result from improper use of the laser device by unqualified professionals. Burns can occur to patients with the wrong skin type or when inadequate instructions are provided about sun exposure during the laser hair removal process.
The Boston personal injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., have over 85 years combined experience successfully representing individuals who have been harmed by the negligence of medical professionals. We have successfully resolved a number of claims on behalf of women who have suffered significant facial scarring due to improper use of laser hair removal devices. If you have been injured as a result of a laser hair removal procedure, we would be happy to provide a free consultation to assist you in deciding whether or not to pursue your claim.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses beams of highly concentrated light to destroy hair follicles. A professional shocks the skin with a device emitting the laser. The process generally takes eight months to a year, with the client returning to the spa or professional office every four to six weeks for treatments.
What Types of Injuries Are Caused By Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal burns are the most serious injury. Laser hair removal can result in painful second- and third-degree burns. In the most severe cases, individuals suffer burns on large areas of their body and may be unable to move comfortably, work or wear regular clothing. Individuals may take months to heal and even then, may be left with deep skin scarring.
Laser hair removal can also result in skin discoloration, including hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a darkening of the skin and is reversible. Hypopigmentation, the loss of skin pigments resulting in white spots, is permanent.
Some people also suffer minor side effects such as skin swelling and rashes. These typically heal within a few days.
Who Is Liable For Laser Hair Removal Burns And Injuries?
Medical spas, dermatologists' offices and electrologists' offices can be held liable for laser injuries caused by the negligence of their employees. These facilities have a responsibility to ensure their staff is properly trained and supervised while serving the public. They also have an obligation to properly maintain laser hair removal equipment. Finally, they have a responsibility to fully inform clients about the risks.
If a laser device fails, a product liability claim may also be brought against the manufacturer.
What To Do If You Suffer A Laser Burn Injury?
Contact your physician as soon as you suspect you have been burned or if you experience pain. In some cases, you may think you are suffering a minor rash. It is best to contact your doctor to determine if you have a more severe injury.
Contact a Massachusetts Laser Burn Injury Lawyer
You should also contact a Massachusetts laser burn injury lawyer to determine your rights. Laser burns cause severe physical pain and emotional distress. They require extensive medical treatment. You may be entitled to damages including medical bills, lost earnings, scarring and disability, loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering.
Breakstone, White & Gluck is experienced in handling laser hair removal burn injuries. Our Case Reports page describes some of the results we have obtained for our clients. If you have been injured, contact us today for a free legal consultation. We can be reached at 617-723-7676, or toll free at 1-800-379-1244, or use our contact form.