By Lewis Houston. Last Updated 11th October 2022. 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.
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.
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- What Is A Chemical Burn From Foot Peel Treatments?
- Can You Get A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel?
- Chemical Peel Burn Symptoms
- How Do You Treat A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel?
- How to Make a Claim for a Chemical Burn from a Foot Peel
- Calculate Damages For A Chemical Burn From A Foot Peel
- Discuss Your No Win No Fee Chemical Burn Claim
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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:
- Firstly, the third party need to have owed you a duty of care.
- Secondly, the third party need to have breached this duty of care.
- 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.
How Do Foot Peels Work?
You may be wondering, ‘how do foot peels work?’. Before we discuss the potential risks of a chemical foot peel and making medical negligence claims, we thought it would be helpful for you to know the process of a chemical peel for feet.
Foot peels are a type of chemical exfoliation that involve a single application of substances that exfoliate the skin. Typically, the substance may contain different types of acids. When you apply the mixture to the soles of your feet, healthy new skin can develop there.
When you have a chemical foot peel, it’s important that the practice is carried out by someone who is experienced or a medical professional that is qualified. You can check to see if your practitioner is registered to find out if they meet the expected standards in training, skill and insurance.
If you have been injured following a chemical peel for feet, we could help you claim compensation. Call our 24/7 advice line for free on the phone number in the top banner of this page. They could connect you to a medical negligence solicitor from our panel.
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.
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:
- 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.
If you have been injured or are suffering from an illness, we recommend you seek the advice or help of a medical expert.
According to the NHS, if you have suffered a chemical burn from a foot peel, you should:
- Call 999 and ask for help
- Try to carefully remove the chemical and clothing using protective material, while making sure not to touch or spread the chemical – especially avoiding contact with your eyes
- Rinse the affected area using clean water
- Wait for an ambulance to arrive
The medical professionals will then continue your treatment which can consist of:
- Continually washing the substance until it is removed
- Cleaning the burns
- Pain relief medication
- Tetanus jabs (if they deem it necessary)
After you have received treatment, you can then seek legal help if you had injuries in your chemical foot peel because of negligence.
If you were injured by negligence, please speak with one of our advisers – whether you had suffered a burn or a foot peel allergic reaction, they can value your claim for liability and inform you of whether you are eligible to make a claim.
This section will clarify the types of evidence that could be important to your claim and how you may be able to claim for financial losses caused by the injury.
If you’ve suffered a chemical burn on your foot, you need evidence to show how the injury was caused by third-party negligence. Potential evidence includes:
- Correspondence between you and the respective business. This can help clarify what you were made aware of before the procedure. If the professional performing the procedure was aware of risks and didn’t inform you of them beforehand, they could be considered negligent.
- The consent form that confirms the treatment you agreed to.
- Photographs of your injury.
- A medical report. As part of the claims process, a medical professional will assess your chemical peel burn. This could be used as medical evidence.
Special damages relate to the financial losses caused by the injury. Losses you may be able to claim for include loss of earnings, travel expenses, adjustments to your home and healthcare costs. Evidence you would need to potentially receive compensation for these include receipts, invoices, payslips and bank statements.
To learn more about how to make a claim for a chemical burn from a foot peel, please contact us for free legal advice.
If you’ve suffered a chemical foot peel burn due to another person’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. Compensation payouts from a chemical burn can be made up of two heads of claim.
General damages compensation is related to the psychological and physical suffering caused by the injury. It can be determined by factors such as the extent of the injury and whether any permanent symptoms were caused.
The Judicial College Guidelines can provide you with a clearer idea of what general damages compensation you may receive. The figures below are taken from the latest guidelines, published in 2022. Please remember that these figures are not guaranteed as, should your claim be successful, your final payout would be based on many factors.
|Type of Injury||Amount of Compensation||Description|
|Scarring||Likely to exceed £104,830||This 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.|
|Scarring||£7,830 to £22,730||Awards 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||£2,370 to £7,830||This 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.|
|Psychiatric Damage Generally||£19,070 to £54,830||This 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||£5,860 to £19,070||This 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||£1,540 to £5,860||Cases like this include minor anxiety disorders caused by the incident. The length of time affected by the disability is taken into consideration.|
|Foot||Up to £13,740||This bracket includes minor foot injuries that are resolved within a few months that have little impact to day to day activities or general lifestyle.|
If you’ve been injured by foot peels because of negligence, you may also be able to claim for special damages. This compensation is for any financial losses caused because of the injury. Losses could include travel costs, medical expenses and loss of earnings. You would need evidence, such as payslips and bank statements, to show the value of the losses.
If you have more queries about compensation payouts from a chemical burn or would like a compensation estimate relating to your injury, please contact us for legal advice that is completely free at a time that works for you.
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
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- Use the Live Chat function on the right-hand side of your screen.
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:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
To know more about claiming for a chemical burn from a foot peel, please contact us using the details above.
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