Laser procedures are very popular treatments that can come in many forms, for issues such as hair removal or for skin resurfacing. It’s still more popular with women than with men, mostly for hair removal, although men are catching up quickly and the demographic is changing. It works by bundling light and focusing this on areas that need to be treated.
Unfortunately, the same method (burning) that is responsible for much of the success is also the cause of the occasional problem and treatment gone wrong. Here are some quick facts on laser treatment – and laser treatment injuries and claims – you should know about.
Here are just some of the common procedures that at times go wrong and from which people experience personal injury:
- Tattoo removal – all too common. People regret the tattoo they had done (or simply feel the need to have it erased) and opt for laser treatment to do so.
- Hair removal – the growth of hair in certain areas may not seem appealing to a certain public, hence people look for laser treatment to remove hair from those areas. Often this requires several treatment sessions, and the final result is only semi-permanent.
- Skin resurfacing – Usually done on the face, this technique involves the removal of the outer layer of the skin in order for the bottom layer (and new skin) to replace it quickly. Often it is used to treat wrinkles or acne.
The laser method involves the bundling of light to effectively burn specific areas. However, this burning can also go wrong, and sometimes leads to:
- Laser burn injuries of varying degrees
- Swelling and infections
- Skin sensitivity
The consequences are not just limited to physical injury and pain – often the scars that are formed lead to psychological issues; people who have unwanted scars or wounds, especially on the face and other visible areas, can be emotionally and psychologically affected for a long time.
Seeking Injury Claims
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you should always seek to claim compensation. It’s the right thing to do.
It’s important to understand that you have the right to seek compensation if such treatments went wrong – you may have been injured by ignorance or faulty equipment. It’s also important to take such measures, because without action the culprit may continue such malpractice and harm people in the future. Here’s the good news: many solicitors who specialise in injury treatment work on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means there is no initial cost to the victim. If you’ve ever been a victim, never hesitate to seek professional legal help.