Claim For An Allergic Reaction To Bleach Hair Dye

Allergic reaction to bleach hair dye

Allergic reaction to bleach hair dye guide

By Max Moriss. Last Updated 21st June 2022. In this article, we will show how we can help you if you’ve been affected by an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye. While many people use hair dye products without problem, there are times when they can result in allergic reactions. As a result, the person affected can suffer irritation, pain and sometimes life-threatening injuries.

In this guide, we’ll look at whether a hairdresser or hair dye manufacturer could be sued if you’ve suffered after using a bleach hair dye. We’ll also look at the symptoms that can be caused by hair dye reactions, what injuries can be caused and how much compensation you might be able to claim.

Making a personal injury claim is not always the easiest action to take. Therefore, you may wish to take on some support. Our advisors are here to help. They provide free claims reviews along with free legal advice about your options.

If it looks like you could win your case, we could refer you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel. They want to provide legal representation to as many people as possible and, as a result, provide a No Win No Fee service for all claims they work on.

To see if you could start an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye claim right away, why not call us on 0800 408 7825 today? Alternatively, to learn more about claiming for a hair dye allergy, please read on.

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What Is An Allergic Reaction To Bleach Hair Dye?

Many people use beauty treatments every day. Hair dye is something that could be applied at home or in a beauty salon. Before the procedure is applied, the instructions will usually suggest a skin patch test to check if you react to the ingredients in the dye. Where this isn’t done, or the hair dye used is different to one that passed the patch test, you could be entitled to seek damages for any subsequent suffering.

One of the most common skin reactions caused by hair dyes is called contact dermatitis. This is a treatable condition but will still cause some irritation until it clears up.

A much more dangerous allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. This is potentially fatal and is a medical emergency.

We’ll look more at the symptoms of an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye as we progress through this guide.  We will also look at why allergic reactions affect some people, when somebody else might be liable for your suffering and what amount of compensation could be awarded.

With any type of personal injury claim, a time limit will apply. Generally, you’ll have 3 years to start your claim from the date of your treatment. However, there are some circumstances where the limitation period could start later if your symptoms do not present immediately. This is called the date of knowledge.

If you would like to ask any questions about making an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye claim, please feel free to speak with our advisors.

Why Do Allergic Reactions To Bleach Hair Dye Happen?

A common chemical in some hair dye is called paraphenylenediamine (PPD). According to the NHS, PPD is one of the most common causes of allergic reactions to hair dyes. It is a common irritant and a known allergen. So why do allergens affect some people and not others?

Well, allergic reactions actually occur because of a mistake made by the body’s immune system. When it detects a particular chemical (the allergen), it sends antibodies to try and protect your body. Histamine is one of the most common chemicals released and is responsible for many of the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

What are the Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction to Hair Bleach?

The answer to the question, “can you be allergic to bleach?” is yes. Hair dye, in and of itself, can lead to minor irritation and inflammation to parts of the body, such as the neck, forehead, eyelids or ears. However, if you’re allergic to bleach, it can cause symptoms such as:

  • Itchy, watering eyes
  • Swollen tongue, lips, face or eyes
  • Red, dry and cracked skin
  • A runny, itchy or blocked nose
  • Chest tightness, a cough and shortness of breath
  • An itchy, raised, red rash

If you’re allergic to bleach, the side effects of bleaching hair can be more severe, even potentially causing anaphylaxis. This can result in you suffering from:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Anxiety and confusion
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Wheezing
  • Clammy skin

The NHS states that if someone is suffering from anaphylaxis, an ambulance should be called immediately. This is because it can be very serious if not treated quickly.

If you would like to know if you’re able to claim, please contact our advisors for free using the above details. They offer legal advice, can give you a compensation estimate and can even connect you with a solicitor from our panel who could help you claim.

How Do You Treat An Allergic Reaction To Bleach Hair Dye?

For minor allergic reactions, rinsing the affected area may help relieve symptoms. Alternatively, steroid cream could help. This is available over the counter or stronger creams can be prescribed.

In cases of anaphylaxis, adrenaline may need to be administered as soon as possible. This can be applied by an auto-injector if the person has one or by the emergency services. Again, the NHS advice is to call 999 in emergencies.

Can You Sue A Hairdresser For An Allergic Reaction?

The process of making a claim will require you to show that:

  • The hairdresser was negligent; and
  • You suffered an allergic reaction as a result.

So what would count as negligence in the case of making an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye claims? Well, it could include if the hairdresser:

  • Failed to warn you of the risks of the treatment.
  • Didn’t conduct a patch test prior to treatment.
  • Knowingly used out of date dye or a different dye than advertised.

It’s worth noting that claims can be made by first-time users of hair dyes as well as those who have their hair treated regularly.

We’re often asked how long allergic reaction claims take. The answer is that it depends on whether the defendant accepts that they were liable for your injuries. If they do so quickly, the claims process could be completed in a matter of months. Where liability is contested, the process could take longer.

To check if you have a valid hair dye allergic reaction claim, why not get in touch today?

Example Compensation Payouts for an Allergic Reaction to Bleach

If you’re making a personal injury claim due to a bleach allergy reaction, there are two potential heads of claim if you’re able to prove that the incident was caused by negligence.

The pain and suffering caused by the injury can be compensated through general damages. In the Judicial College Guidelines, there are bracket compensation amounts relating to a variety of injuries that solicitors often use to help them when they calculate your claim.

We have used these bracket amounts in the table below. These have been taken from the most up-to-date version of the guidelines, published in April 2022. Please remember that these figures are not guarantees as every claim is unique.

InjurySeverity Compensation BracketAdditional Information
Facial Disfigurement(b) Less Severe Scarring£17,960 to £48,420The disfigurement is substantial and the psychological reaction is significant.
Facial Disfigurement(c) Significant Scarring£9,110 to £30,090The worst effects of this injury will be reduced by plastic surgery.
Facial Disfigurement(d) Less Significant Scarring£3,950 to £13,740One scar or multiple smaller scars will mar but not markedly affect the appearance.
Facial Disfigurement (e) Trivial Scarring£1,710 to £3,530The effects of this injury would only be minor.
Damage to Hair(a) Damage to hair £7,340 to £11,020The effects of the allergic reaction include dermatitis or eczema of the scalp.
Damage to Hair(b) Less serious£3,950 to £7,340Similar to the above but where symptoms are minor.

As part of the claims process, you may also need to attend an independent medical assessment to fully determine the nature of your injuries. Depending on the accident and how allergic you are to bleach, the effects can range from minor to very severe. The assessment will be performed by a medical professional. It can be used to determine aspects like:

  • How badly the injury has impacted your life
  • Whether any permanent side effects have been caused
  • The severity of the injury
  • To what degree the accident may have caused your injuries. For example, if you already suffer from eczema, the accident may have worsened the condition as opposed to causing it. You can still claim if negligence has exacerbated an ongoing health issue. However, you can only claim for the harm caused by the negligence so you wouldn’t be able to claim for the pre-existing condition itself.

You may also be able to claim for financial losses caused by the injury. These could be claimed under special damages and might include loss of earnings, travel costs, home adjustments and healthcare costs. You would need financial evidence, such as receipts, invoices and bank statements, illustrating the value of your losses.

Getting Help From A No Win No Fee Solicitor

As mentioned earlier, our panel of personal injury lawyers provide a No Win No Fee service for any claim they accept. That means you won’t need to pay any solicitor fees unless you’re compensated.

You also won’t pay any upfront or ongoing solicitor fees during the claim.

Where your claim is won, the solicitor would charge a success fee. This is a percentage of the compensation they’d deduct to cover the cost of their work. However, it is capped by law and only comes out of the compensation once that’s come through.

If you’d like to contact us to begin a claim, you can:

  • Call our advisors on 0800 408 7825.
  • Contact our advisors online.
  • Make use of our free live chat service.

Further Help With Allergic Reaction Claims

How To Claim Compensation – A more general look at making personal injury claims.

Medical Assessments – Provides advice on what to expect during your medical assessment.

Lost Wages Claims – Advice on claiming back any lost earnings.

Beautician: Key Messages – Information from the Health and Safety Executive about handling chemicals used in beauty treatments.

The Hair Council – A body for hairdressing professionals that aims to maintain high standards in the industry.

Itchy Skin – NHS advice on dealing with itchy skin.

We also have some other guides you may find useful:

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