Although manicures are a form of self-care for some people, they come with health hazards, including the risk of severe infections. You can develop bacterial or fungal infections at nail salons and suffer exposure to viruses and other contagions.
If you develop a severe infection after a manicure, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can determine if you can hold the salon responsible for your expenses and losses.
The Dangers of Getting a Manicure From a Salon
Since manicures involve prolonged contact with the nails and skin, it’s not unheard of for some people to contract infections at a nail salon. This can happen whether they get a manicure for their natural nails or have an artificial nail application applied, such as acrylic nails or gel nails.
With proper safety procedures and sterilization, this shouldn’t happen. However, mistakes can happen, so knowing the risks of getting professional nail care is important.
Infections One Could Get
The following are common illnesses and infections one can pick up at the nail salon:
- Staph infections
- Fungal infections
- Bacterial infections
- Bloodborne diseases
- Viruses like the flu
Infections can lead to complications ranging from scarring to hospital stays. While rare, you can contract illnesses that could be with you for the rest of your life. Some infections can even cause wrongful death.
Getting a manicure can put you in contact with some illnesses that have nothing to do with your skin or nails. For instance, you could contract common viruses like the flu because so many people come in and out of the salon daily. Moreover, nail technicians who don’t wash their hands before touching you could pass things along to you.
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If You Get a Fungal Nail Infection From a Manicure, Did Negligence Cause It?
In some cases, you can hold a nail salon and/or its employees responsible for an infection you get from a manicure if negligence causes it. For you to seek damages for negligence in this case, the following four elements must apply:
- The salon owed you a duty of care. Since you were paying for the salon’s services, the nail salon workers owed it to you to take proper precautions to prevent nail fungus, risk of infection, skin diseases, and other health hazards.
- The salon violated its duty of care. The salon’s nail tech didn’t sanitize instruments, dispose of one-use tools, or address hazards.
- The salon’s breach injured you. You developed an infection because of the salon’s carelessness.
- You suffered compensable losses because of your injuries. The health hazard you suffered resulted in bills, lost income, pain and suffering, or other consequences the nail salon should compensate you for.
If you went to the nail salon and ended up with a cold, you probably won’t be able to hold anyone liable for your illness. Common colds can happen anywhere and don’t necessarily arise from negligence.
By contrast, if you got a manicure and ended up with a fungal infection under the nail bed, you can hold the salon liable since you would not have contracted the infection if you hadn’t gotten a manicure. Our lawyers can gather evidence to connect your fungal infection with the nail salon.
Who Is Liable for Manicure Infections?
Who pays out a personal injury claim is based on several factors:
- Whose negligence caused your injuries
- If the nail salon shares liability with its employees
- Whether there’s any insurance coverage in place
Many businesses are vicariously liable for their employees’ actions, meaning if a manicurist causes you injury, the business is liable for the worker’s actions. Some businesses carry insurance that can help cover instances of injury or illness, so we can determine if you can seek compensation with a claim.
In some cases, you may also hold a product manufacturer liable. For instance, if sanitizing equipment was defective or the injury that led to the infection was due to a faulty product, we can also consider the manufacturer’s level of responsibility.
How to Prove a Manicure Caused a Severe Nail Infection
To demonstrate that a nail salon or its workers are liable for your infection, our lawyers can utilize the following:
- Photo evidence
- Witness testimony
- Interviews with employees
- Security camera footage
- Investigation by experts
- Doctor testimony
- Physical evidence
We can place events on a timeline to show when you got your manicure and when you started to show symptoms of an infection or illness. If the salon had security camera footage, our personal injury attorneys can look into securing copies of the video. We can even track down who was there at the time of your appointment to see if other customers suffered infections.
Recoverable Damages in a Manicure Dangers Case
If you fell ill after a manicure, you could recover monetary compensation for:
- Medical treatment
- Lost income
- Reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
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Don’t Delay in Getting Care or Seeking Legal Help After a Manicure Infection
Nail infections can turn serious if not promptly treated. Some infections from manicures might also be antibiotic-resistant, like certain staph infections. To prevent complications, seek medical attention as soon as you notice something is wrong.
You can also seek legal advice when you recognize a problem. While your health is the priority, you can talk to a personal injury lawyer about your case when you get a chance.
Medical Records Are Evidence
We also advocate for getting medical care quickly because your records are often a starting point for building a case. Proof that you were diagnosed with an infection and received treatment for it can make it harder for the salon or other liable parties to dispute your request for damages.
You Must File Your Lawsuit Before the Statute of Limitations Deadline Expires
The statute of limitations deadline for filing for personal injury is generally within a couple of years of an accident, so don’t wait to explore this option. In cases like these, it’s vital to act quickly to preserve evidence so that you can seek damages.
For example, in Nevada, injured parties generally have up to two years to sue for damages, per NRS § 11.190(4)(e).
A Lawyer Can Lead Your Lawsuit for Damages If You Contract an Infection From a Manicure
Van Law Firm is ready to discuss manicure dangers and how you can file a personal injury case for damages. If you suffered a severe infection after visiting a nail salon, contact us now for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to talk to you.
If you hire us to represent you, we can take your case on contingency without requiring an upfront payment. We only get paid if we win your case. Call us today to get started.
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