Beauty Injury Claims: Is It the Customer’s or the Clinic’s Fault?

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Cosmetic treatments are services that aim to improve a person’s wellness by improving how others see them. It’s never a wrong goal to want to present a better version of yourself to others. Whether it be through a simple new haircut or an extensive facial treatment, there are multiple ways to treat yourself at the nearest beauty clinic. But accidents can still occur even in clinics. As beauty treatments are relatively similar to medical procedures, beauty injury claims are relatively common among customers who feel that the establishment offering the service has wronged them. But is the system really to blame?

Patient autonomy

Everyone is entitled to receive services that may improve their well-being. As such, the endorsement of beauty products ranging from topical treatments to full-on surgeries has become synonymous with improving one’s ‘social health’.

This right of patient ‘autonomy’ remains true for medical services and even for cosmetic services. However, as many beauty treatments do have potential health risks involved in the treatment, the choice to push through with the procedure primarily rests on the patient’s shoulders. A patient’s resolve might sometimes clash with their physician’s recommendation, and this is where the debate between patient accountability and doctor liability stems.

Proper information dissemination

Part of the dialogue that comes together with treatment is orienting the customer on what he or she would experience and what drugs, if any, would be used in the procedure. The beauty clinic often indicates these procedures and list of medications through a waiver form to warn you of any possible side effects and to make sure that you are aware of the procedure to be done. In some instances, a beautician will carry out a patch test to identify a customer’s sensitivity to the drugs and chemicals involved in the process.

If a client does not receive a proper orientation about the treatment, then it could lead to building a strong case against the establishment performing these cosmetic treatments. A negotiation for compensation and monetary reparation might result in these scenarios.

Accountability for medical mishaps

Cosmetic treatments continue to be a booming industry. Certain beauty clinics choose to offer the allure of trending treatments such as laser treatments and Botox injections as hooks to their potential customers. When injuries and mistakes start popping up due to the procedures, people are quick to point fingers to who is to blame for these medical mishaps.

Some would go on to point out that it is the customer’s responsibility to be aware of the medical procedure used and how it inevitably has a risk factor involved in its application. Others have targeted the beauticians who are administering these treatments by calling them out on medical negligence. Others still blame the establishment’s transparency in informing customers, physicians, and beauticians on the handling of situations or treatments. Depending on how the facts align themselves, any one of the three can be linked to the result of a beauty injury.