I recently developed a rash around my mouth that I believe may be a result of my false nails and would like some information on compensation for an allergic reaction to false nails. Can you tell me if I can make a claim against the salon where I got them done?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

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Eoin P. Campbell

You may be eligible to claim for compensation for an allergic reaction to false nails if it can be established that negligence has occurred. However, before considering making a claim you should visit a doctor who can determine whether your rash is in fact the result of an allergic reaction to the nails. False nails commonly contain a chemical ingredient called methyl methacrylate (MMA) which can be the cause of a variety of medical problems if you do have an allergy to it.

It is important that you visit your doctor before you proceed with a compensation for an allergic reaction to false nails claim as without a properly diagnosed and professionally recorded injury, there can be not claim. A simple skin test can be performed to determine whether or not an allergic reaction to MMA caused your rash.

If it is established that your injury was indeed the result of an allergic reaction to MMA, the most likely situations which could have led to the reaction are that a skin test was not performed before the nails were applied or that the salon had poor ventilation and you inhaled dust from the false nails as they were being applied.

You will be eligible to claim for compensation for an allergic reaction to false nails if the staff members working in the nail bar you visited failed in any way to prevent the risk of injury. Nail bars and shops must manage substances containing MMA in a certain safe way in order to prevent the threat of injury to their clients or any other members of the public.

You would be well advised to speak with a solicitor at the earliest practical moment in order to establish whether or not you have a viable compensation for an allergic reaction to false nails claim. Most solicitors offer a free initial consultation and will be able to assess your personal case and answer any questions you may have.