I am aware that I can receive compensation if I am injured on a business premises in an accident that was not my fault but I would like to know more about beauty salon accident compensation. I suffered an injury on my last visit to my local salon, am I entitled to receive compensation?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

Slips, trips and falls compensation for accidents which occur in public places – including beauty salon accident compensation – are one of the most common forms of personal injury claims although accident such as these which occur in public places are often the result of an unfortunate incident for which the injured party, or no one at all, is to blame. However some accidents – especially in beauty salons where the injured party may have suffered a cut or burn – are clearly the fault of the negligent party who had a duty of care to maintain their business in a clean and safe condition and had a responsibility toward the victim’s health and safety. Should the injured party make a claim against the salon owner who failed in their duty of care, they would most likely be eligible for beauty salon injury compensation.

A salon staff member who sustained an injury while at work would also be eligible for beauty salon accident compensation under the same tenet; they would be entitled to make a claim if their employer failed in their duty of care.

There is one exception to this general rule surrounding beauty salon accident compensation, however, and that is if the salon’s owner has an “absolute” duty of care.

For example, if you were in the salon – as a customer or staff member – and were walking from the sinks to the cutting station and you slipped on coffee that another customer had just spilled, a court in Ireland would not consider the salon liable for your injuries if the other salon staff did not have a “reasonable” opportunity to identify the hazard and clear it.

It is important to have carried out some procedures immediately after the accident in order to be able to fully support your beauty salon accident compensation claim. The first, and most important, is to have sought medical treatment immediately, even if your accident did not require the summoning of an ambulance. The medical practitioner who treated your injury would have recorded the details of your injury and treatment in your medical history which is an essential component in any personal injury compensation claim. You should have also collected witness information, and taken photographs of the accident scene with your mobile phone camera, if possible. If the salon had one, you should have had your injury recorded in the salon’s accident report book.

It is highly recommended that you engage a solicitor’s professional assistance if you are injured in an accident in a beauty salon that was not your fault and feel that you may have a valid beauty salon accident compensation claim. An experienced solicitor can guide you in the best way to proceed with your claim and most will offer a free initial consultation and can answer any questions you may have regarding your personal claim.