How To Claim For A Chemical Burn From Foot Peels

If you’ve suffered a chemical burn from a foot peel, this can be a painful and uncomfortable experience that could impact your quality of life. If the chemical burn was caused by a breach of duty of care, you could be owed compensation. This guide will highlight in what instances you may be able to claim.

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Chemical burn from foot peel claims guide

We will also look at the symptoms you might experience, as well as the treatment you could receive. In addition to this, we will look at how long an injury of this nature is likely to affect you. Furthermore, this guide will examine the advantages of funding legal representation through a No Win No Fee agreement.

Our advisors offer free legal advice, so if you have any queries, such as wanting to know if you can also claim for facial scarring, please get in touch with us at a time that suits you. They’re available 24/7 and can inform you in just a few minutes if you can claim. Contact us using the details below. 

  • Call us now on 0800 408 7825
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Please continue reading to learn more about claiming for scarring and injuries caused by foot peels. 

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  1. What Is A Chemical Burn From Foot Peel Treatments?
  2. Can You Get A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel?
  3. Chemical Peel Burn Symptoms
  4. How Do You Treat A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel?
  5. What Could You Do If You Suffered A Chemical Peel Burn Injury?
  6. Calculate Damages For A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel
  7. Discuss Your No Win No Fee Chemical Burn Claim
  8. Burn Injury Resources

What Is A Chemical Burn From Foot Peel Treatments?

As with any chemical peel, a foot peel is designed to rejuvenate skin by removing dead skin cells. You can go to certain businesses, such as hairdressers or beauticians, for this to be performed.

A foot peel can lead to a chemical burn in a number of different ways, as will be detailed in this guide. You may be able to claim for the harm caused, as certain third parties have a duty of care to you. In this instance, these businesses have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety while performing the procedure. 

Whether you’ve suffered a superficial burn or blisters, you may be able to claim if the injury was caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care. Therefore, the below three criteria need to apply to your circumstances in order for you to successfully pursue compensation: 

  1. Firstly, the third party need to have owed you a duty of care. 
  2. Secondly, the third party need to have breached this duty of care.
  3. Lastly, this breach needs to have resulted in your injury. 

This guide will explain how the third party in question may have breached this duty, resulting in you suffering a chemical burn from a foot peel. The duty of care of those working in hair or beauty salons is outlined in The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. To learn more, please call our advisors using the contact details above. If you prefer, please read on as we establish how this type of injury could occur. 

Can You Get A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel?

A foot peel uses chemicals to help remove dead skin. They often use glycolic acid to do this. Depending on how many layers of dead skin you wish to remove, there are three types of foot peel: light, medium and deep. According to NHS guidance, superficial and medium peels are usually safe in many cases, as long as they are performed correctly. 

However, deeper foot peels carry more risk of injury. This is because they are longer-lasting and can sometimes require a local anaesthetic. The type of foot peel you have can sometimes determine whether you suffer a first-degree burn, second-degree burn or third-degree burn. Examples of things that could cause injury include:

  • The Glycolic acid is too strong with your skin type, age or condition. As a result, you could suffer permanent damage to the skin. 
  • A patch test is not performed before the procedure. A patch test can help determine if you’re allergic to any of the substances used in the peel. Effectively, this is designed to help determine if the peel is an appropriate and safe procedure for you. 
  • A lack of training or expertise. For example, you could suffer a chemical burn from a foot peel because it’s the practitioners’ first time performing the procedure. 

Chemical Peel Burn Symptoms 

You may be wondering what chemical peel burn symptoms you may experience from an injury like this. Symptoms you might experience after suffering a chemical burn from a foot peel can include:

  • Scarring
  • Permanent or temporary skin discolouration
  • Blistering skin
  • Painful burning
  • Reddening of the skin

The extent of these symptoms depends on whether you’ve experienced a partial thickness burn or a full-thickness burn.

You should contact a doctor or medical professional if you’ve experienced any of these kinds of injuries. This will ensure that you get the appropriate treatment as soon after the injury as possible. 

We will now outline the typical treatment plan for these kinds of injuries.  However, please be aware that you can get in touch with our team for more information if necessary. 

How Do You Treat A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel?

There are two things to consider regarding treating an injury caused: the immediate response to restrict physical damage and the long-term treatment to help recover from it. 

According to the NHS, initially you should:

  • Remove the chemical and any contaminated clothing. Be careful not to touch or spread the chemical and keep the clothing away from your eyes when doing this. 
  • Rinse the affected area with as much clean water as possible. 

While at the hospital, the immediate treatment performed by doctors and medical professionals may include:

  • Cleaning the burn and dressing the wound appropriately. 
  • Continuing to wash off the chemical with water until it’s completely removed from the skin. 
  • A tetanus jab, if required.
  • Pain relief

For minor burns, long-term treatment includes good ongoing burn care that should minimise the level of scarring. For more severe burns, you may be referred to a specialist burn unit located in another hospital. Therefore, you may be kept in your local hospital until it’s appropriate for you to be transferred to the specialist unit. 

Specialist burn teams may include physiotherapists, occupational therapists and mental health professionals. Surgery may also be required to remove the burnt area of the skin to replace it with a graft, which is a section of skin that is taken from another part of your body. 

What Could You Do If You Suffered A Chemical Peel Burn Injury?

An important aspect about making any personal injury claim, whether for a chemical burn from a foot peel or a fracture, is that you need evidence to prove third-party negligence. This evidence can include: 

  • Photographs of your injury
  • The consent form that clarifies the treatment you agreed to. This should mention the potential side effects 
  • If the incident was reported to a manager or supervisor at the salon, a copy of this report could help support your claim

You should also collect evidence of any financial losses you experience as a result of your injuries. These can be included in your claim as special damages, However, you would need to provide evidence of this. This evidence could take the form of receipts, invoices and payslips (for example, to show lost wages).

Calculate Damages For A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel

If you’ve suffered a chemical burn from a foot peel, there are two potential heads of claim. General damages relate to the physical and psychological damage caused by the injury, leading to a decline in your quality of life. Special damages, instead, relate to the financial losses suffered from the injury. 

The Judicial College analyses previous payouts based on the severity and extent of the injury. Upon doing that, they’ve been able to build reliable compensation brackets. 

Below is a list of injuries and their relevant compensation brackets. This helps give you a better idea of what you could receive. The Judicial College has supplied these figures. 

Type of InjuryAmount of CompensationDescription
Scarring£7,350 to £21,330Awards in this bracket can be for a number of noticeable laceration scars, or a single disfiguring scar, to areas including arm(s), hand(s), leg(s), back and chest.
Scarring£2,220 to £7,350This bracket is for a single noticeable scar, or potentially several smaller, more superfical ones, to the leg(s), hand(s) or arm(s) causing minor cosmetic deficit.
ScarringLikely to exceed £98,380This bracket is for various burn injuries that can cause serious physical and psychological injuries. If the burn encompasses 40% of the body, it will most likely exceed the amount of compensation within this bracket.
FootUp to £12,900This bracket includes minor foot injuries that are resolved within a few months that have little impact to day to day activities or general lifestyle.
Psychiatric Damage Generally£17,900 to £51,460This bracket includes injuries that lead to significant psychiatric problems affecting the injured person's ability to cope with life, work and relationships with loved ones. However, the prognosis is more optimistic than in some instances.
Psychiatric Damage Generally£5,500 to £17,900This bracket is for cases where psychiatric problems exist after the incident, but where there is a marked improvement through trial and, as such, the prognosis is good.
Psychiatric Damage Generally£1,440 to £5,500Cases like this include minor anxiety disorders caused by the incident. The length of time affected by the disability is taken into consideration.

Discuss Your No Win No Fee Chemical Burn Claim

The advantages of using a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor include:

  • Your lawyer not asking you to pay legal fees throughout the claims procedure. 
  • Not being asked to pay legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. 
  • In the event of your claim being successful, a legally capped “success fee” will be deducted from your compensation.

Our advisors offer free legal advice so, if you have any questions about claiming for a chemical burn from a foot peel, please contact us. You can call us at a time that suits you, and we can let you know in just a few minutes if you’re eligible to claim.

Our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers have years of experience and can help build your case. Their work could be the key component to you receiving thousands of pounds in compensation. 

  • Call us now on 0800 408 7825
  • Contact us using our website.
  • Use the Live Chat function on the right-hand side of your screen.

Burn Injury Resources

To know more about these types of injuries, please use the links below. 

The NHS provides medical advice about burns and scalds. 

To learn more about minor burn treatment, please read this guide. 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health and beauticians guidance from the Health and Safety Executive.

For more information on claiming compensation for a burn caused by radiation exposure, read our guide.

Refer to this page if you’d like to know more about claiming for chemical burns to your scalp. 

Our guide on claiming compensation for dermatitis could offer you help and information on pursuing the compensation you’re entitled to.

We also have some other guides you may find useful:

To know more about claiming for a chemical burn from a foot peel, please contact us using the details above. 

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