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Tattoo Negligence: Can I Claim Compensation for my bad Tattoo?

Tattoos are becoming more popular, but with that popularity comes the increased chance of tattoo mistakes or infections.

Most studios adhere to extremely strict health and safety standards, going to great lengths to prepare a sterile environment to reduce the chance of infection.

Unfortunately, not everything always goes to plan, and you might end up with a negligent tattoo artist.

Since tattoos are permanent this can be devastating, but did you know that you might actually be able to make a claim for compensation against the artist for a tattoo gone wrong?

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Examples of Tattoo Negligence

You could be able to claim against your tattoo artist for a range of issues with their work, including;

  • Badly executed work – for example you agreed on a design on paper, then when they transferred the work onto your skin it looks nothing like the paper copy
  • Infections – a tattoo is essentially an open wound, so if the artist has not detailed to you the correct aftercare or has not taken the necessary hygienic precautions an infection could occur 
  • Health problems caused by the tattoo – sometimes infections can become serious and lead to more complicated issues such as blood poisoning
  • Misspelled words – although being able to claim for this is rare since you should check the spelling of words first, there may be some exceptions where the artist is to blame

A tattoo artist would be considered as negligent if one of the following applied to them;

  • Working under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Working to a poor standard or in an unfocussed manner
  • Failing to inform the client about correct aftercare procedures
  • Using pre-used needles or failing to perform proper sterilisation
  • Failing to get a client to fill out a medical questionnaire, which results in an allergic reaction happening

The Tattoo Process

Communication between you and the artist is crucial during the entirety of the tattooing process, beginning with the initial designing consultation.

It is of paramount importance that you double-check for spelling errors because once you have approved the design it becomes much more difficult to make a claim.

The most vital thing to remember before thinking about making a claim is that you need to have strong evidence which cannot be faulted or questioned.

This can for example include photographs of the tattoo as soon as it has been done and a record of photographs documenting any signs of infection or other health issues.

It is also vital that you contact the tattooist who carried out the work to make sure they know you are unhappy, and may be potentially seeking a claim for compensation.

What Are My Options?

There are a number of things you can do if you are not happy with the work a tattoo artist has done on you, or if your health has been negatively impacted by the procedure.

Tattoo Laser Removal

One option is to undergo laser removal – which can be extremely painful and expensive – and isn’t always guaranteed to fully remove the tattoo.

Unfortunately, tattoo laser removal can also cause scarring, so the chances of your skin going back to the way it was before the tattoo was done are extremely slim.

If the tattoo is poorly executed and the ink is very deep within your skin, the laser treatment is not likely to remove it.

Also, certain skin types do not respond as well to tattoo laser removal as others, and certain colours of ink may be difficult to remove.

Tattoo Cover Ups

Having further work done to disguise the original tattoo is often referred to as a ‘cover up’.

Adding to the botched tattoo with a cover up is not ideal as it takes a highly skilled and creative tattooist to disguise the poor tattoo and transform it into something more desirable.

This situation can be difficult and every cover up job is unique, so it completely depends on whether you can find a tattoo artist who is capable and willing to perform the job.

Like with laser removal, there is no guarantee that the outcome will be a significant improvement.

Furthermore, you will likely have to pay a large cost to have it rectified.

What Can I Claim Compensation For?

If tattoo negligence causes an issue which cannot be solved with laser removal or a cover up, or you simply just don’t want to choose these options you may be eligible to make a tattoo compensation claim against the artist.

Infection caused by my Negligent Tattoo Artist

The most difficult part of seeking a claim when your tattoo is infected is proving that the infection is due to tattoo negligence and not from poor aftercare on your behalf.

If your tattoo has become infected and you feel it is due to the unsatisfactory levels of hygiene the tattooist was practising, contact our expert solicitors who can offer advice and guidance to support you in your tattoo negligence claim.

You must also inform your doctor, get the infection thoroughly checked out and ask them to document the appointment.

Mistakes make by my Tattoo Artist

In the situation of getting an inaccurate or sloppy tattoo and having a word misspelled, the chance of achieving a successful claim is not as likely as if your tattoo were to become infected.

However, in some cases you could negotiate a deal with your tattooist, for example they might give you money for laser removal treatment or agree to try and amend the work.

If you want to go down this route, and claim for compensation for tattoo negligence, it is best to seek legal advice before negotiation.

Can I make a Claim against a Tattooist that Tattooed My Underaged Child?

The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 explicitly states that anyone under the age of 18 cannot be tattooed in the UK, even with parental consent.

Reputable tattooists will ensure that their customers provide valid ID such as a driving licence or passport before.

However, in some rare circumstances, a negligent tattooist will forgo checks and tattoo a person under the age of 18.

If you are the parent of a child who has been tattooed, then you may have a very strong tattoo negligence case against the artist.

Our Services regarding Tattoo Negligence Claims

Our solicitors can be of aid when dealing with your tattoo negligence claim.

You will never be charged any hidden fees and you will receive 100 percent of the compensation for your successful tattoo negligence claim.

That means that if you don’t win your claim, you don’t pay a penny. If you do win, you keep all of your compensation.

Use the contact form on the right or call 0844 414 0667 for enquiries.

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