Tattoo Artist Negligence Claims

If you have been injured or caught an infection from unsterilised equipment used by a tattoo artist, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our panel of solicitors are experts in their fields and have a great success rate of recovering the compensation our clients deserve.

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About injuries caused by tattoo artists

Most people think long and hard before getting a tattoo, and are unlikely to think they will need a personal injury solicitor following a visit to a tattooist. Although the majority of people are happy with the results, sometimes things can go wrong due to the negligence of the tattoo artist or tattoo parlour.

Tattooing equipment should be clean and hygienic. Dirty work surfaces or unwashed equipment suggest that the tattoo artist does not comply with hygiene standards and should be a cause for concern.  By law, the studio should also ask you some important questions about your health. You should be asked to provide details about any allergies or health problems so that they can assess if having a tattoo will lead to complications or be dangerous for you. You should also receive specific advice about aftercare, such as how long it is likely to take to heal and how to keep it clean. 

As well as the environment in which the tattooing takes place and being given advice relating to hygiene and safety, you should be mindful of other sources of potential infection. Infection could stem from unsterilised needles, old ink pots or even the tattooist’s bare hands and skin.

Types of injury

Tattoo parlours are subject to strict health and safety standards, including using a new, sterile needle on each customer. The artist should also wash their hands thoroughly and wear disposable latex gloves. That said, infections are still a common type of illness arising from negligence in a tattoo parlour and can leave you feeling seriously unwell.

Signs of infection after getting a tattoo are clear; redness and irritation from your tattoo should fade relatively soon after your visit to a tattoo artist. However, if your tattoo shows no signs of healing, it is a probable sign of infection. The same can be said for pain and swelling. If any of these symptoms do not clear up, then a doctor should be consulted immediately.

Other signs of infection include:

  • Fever
  • An unusual odour from the tattoo
  • Discharge from the tattoo
  • Red streaks
  • Sores

As well as infections, poor hygiene may lead to you contracting a number of blood-borne diseases, for example, certain types of Hepatitis and even HIV; easily preventable if the correct procedures are followed. You can also suffer an allergic reaction to the latex gloves used, which is why it is important you flag up any allergies with the tattoo artist prior to having your tattoo. 

How YouClaim can help

Our specialist solicitors have many years of experience in handling personal injury claims and strive to achieve the best possible results for you. We will advise you on the best course of action throughout your case, and ensure that you are always well informed during the legal process.

Compensation is also intended to cover any expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the tattooist’s negligence. This can include loss of earnings, the cost of fixing the botched tattoo and any medical treatment required.

Get started today

Have you caught an infection or illness from unsterilized equipment or through any other act of negligence from a tattoo parlour? If so, YouClaim can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim. Call us on 0800 10 757 95, use our live chat feature or fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you.