Claim For An Allergic Reaction To Bleach Hair Dye

Allergic reaction to bleach hair dye

Allergic reaction to bleach hair dye guide

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 Does A Hair Bleach Allergy Look Like?

For some people, hair dye can result in mild irritation. This can cause symptoms like inflammation to the neck, scalp, ears, forehead or eyelids. These symptoms might appear immediately or at least within 48 hours.

In more serious cases, you could suffer an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye. The most common symptoms of this include:

  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • A raised red skin rash and itchy skin
  • Wheezing and breathing difficulties
  • Swelling of the lips, eyes and eyelids
  • Nausea, vomiting and tummy pain
  • Swelling of the tongue, mouth or throat
  • Becoming unconscious after collapsing

In more dangerous allergic reactions, the victim may go on to develop anaphylaxis. Symptoms can be similar to above but can also result in:

  • Clammy skin
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Shallow and fast breathing
  • Confusion

Where you suspect somebody is suffering from anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock), the NHS states that you should call the emergency services immediately.

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?

How Much Is An Allergic Reaction To Bleach Hair Dye Worth?

We are now going to look at what level of compensation could be paid for an allergic reaction to bleach hair dye. To do so, our compensation table uses figures from the Judicial College Guidelines. That’s because the same figures are used by legal professionals when determining settlement figures.

InjurySeverity Compensation BracketAdditional Information
Damage to Hair(a) Damage to hair £6,890 to £10,340The effects of the allergic reaction include dermatitis or eczema of the scalp.
Damage to Hair(b) Less serious£3,710 to £6,890Similar to the above but where symptoms are minor.
Mental AnguishFear of oncoming death£4,380Fear of oncoming death/reduction in expectation of life. (After anaphylactic shock, for example.)
Facial Disfigurement(b) Less Severe Scarring£16,860 to £45,440The disfigurement is substantial and the psychological reaction is significant.

In addition to these amounts, you could also claim for any costs you’ve sustained because of your injuries. This could cover prescription fees, treatment costs and travel expenses, for example.

We should point out that you will need a medical assessment if you decide to make a claim. This is something that’s typically straightforward and can usually be booked locally. The purpose of the assessment is to:

  1. Prove the severity of your injuries.
  2. Assess whether your injuries were likely to be caused or worsened by the accident. (If there’s no link between the injuries and the accident, you could find it hard to claim.)

At your appointment, an independent medical professional will talk to you about how your injuries affected you. They’ll then check whether you’re still suffering any symptoms and refer to your medical records.

Once they’ve finished, a report will be provided to everybody involved in the claim that sets out your prognosis. Your solicitor would use the report to help value your injuries.

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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Article by RA

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