Clearwater, FL asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Florida

Q: My face got burnt by a technician who did Lazer Hair Removal on my face. Now I have a scar.

I currently get Lazer Hair Removal on my face. The owner of the shop usually does it but got a new girl to do my treatment last time. The new girl was either nervous and it burnt me twice in the same place. That same day the skin started to peel away and has now left an ugly scar or mark on my face. I believe the owner should be responsible for paying to have that mark remived. Its been a month since the lazer and the scar is still there. I never had any blemishes or scars on my face and she pretty much ruined my face.

3 Lawyer Answers
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
Answered
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You did not ask a question, but if you would like to know if you might be able to make a claim for compensation to cover medical treatment for your condition, the answer is yes. And if you end up with a permanent scar due to the inability of medical professionals to remove it, you may claim compensation for that as well. You first must see a dermatologist to determine if the scar will heal on its own or with medical treatment, and if the latter, what treatment is necessary. Then consult a personal injury attorney. One of the issues to be examined will be whether the shop has liability insurance.

Domenic J. Celeste agrees with this answer

Gregory C. Maaswinkel
Gregory C. Maaswinkel
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Answered
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You should consult with a dermatologist or a plastic/cosmetic surgeon about the extent of the scarring and whether scar revision is a viable option. If you have not already done so, you should take periodic photos of the scars to show progression and permanency of the scarring. After getting the medical consultations, you should consult with a lawyer to determine if you have a viable claim against the technician and the shop.

Domenic J. Celeste and Charles M. Baron agree with this answer

Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
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  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It's possible that you may be able to recover as a result of what this employee did to your face. The question is what are your damages? Damages in this situation appear to be, primarily, how much will it cost you to fix the scarring issue. If your face is something on which you rely to make money (say a model, news anchor, etc), you may be able to claim loss of earning capacity, but, normally, a scar on your face will not prevent you from doing your work. There are other potential damages, but you really need to reach out to an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles personal injury cases to determine what any damages might be. In the meantime, I agree with my colleagues that you need to see a dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon to determine if this scarring will heal on it's own or will require treatment to remove.

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