A young woman from Nottingham has won a landmark personal injury compensation case after sustaining psychological injury as a result of a botched haircut and treatment.
The 28-year-old personal injury compensation claimant made the claim after her decision to switch from being a brunette to a blonde left her with straw-like dry, ginger hair.
According to the woman, her trauma was compounded by the fact that she had only decided to make the switch as a result of an emotional split with a boyfriend. "After going through the break-up I decided that as blondes were meant to have more fun I'd dye my glossy brown locks at a local salon," she said.
She added, "The first time they bleached my hair it turned ginger they then tried to rectify it by bleaching my locks a further four times. Eleven hours later my scalp was stinging viciously but the pain was nothing compared to the horror I felt when I saw the finished result.
"My luscious locks were now frazzled and straw-like. I looked like a scarecrow. I felt as if I'd been in a terrible car smash."
After seeking legal advice, the 28-year-old university worker decided to instruct an accident injury lawyer to proceed with a claim for personal injury compensation.
The lawyer comments, "They [the salon] refused to take responsibility for the incident and tried to blame it on the trainee. They said she was a freelancer and not an actual employee of the salon.
"However, she did not have insurance, the hairdressers allowed her to work in the salon and use their facilities, so they had to take responsibility.
"After a lot of legal wrangling they eventually accepted full liability and agreed on a settlement."
The hair injury claim ended in a £5,250 out-of-court settlement.
Published on 1970-01-01 12:21:00
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