Risks of Injury from Spa and Salon Procedures
Just because the procedure you are undergoing is not taking place in a surgical room or a doctor’s office doesn’t mean that you don’t run the risk of sustaining serious injuries. One recent Broward County case highlights the risks inherent in even non-medical cosmetic procedures. As our Injury Lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know, this past summer, the Florida Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County, ruled in the case of Mizarachi v. Image Medical Spa, LLC, Case No. 06-2016-CA-07339 (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir. 2017). Here is a video discussing some of the Risks of Injury from Spa and Salon Procedures.
Broward County, Florida Case
The Mizarachi case, originally filed in September of 2016, involved a female plaintiff who was the customer of a beauty salon. Ms. Mizarachi reportedly suffered a subconjunctival hemorrhage (a broken blood vessel) in her left eye as a consequence of undergoing a Restylane treatment performed by the named defendants: Image Medical Spa, LLC, and Image Medspa, LLC. According to Ms. Mizarachi, in April of 2015, the defendants negligently performed the procedure and negligently administered the Restylane treatment. As part of her case, the plaintiff complained that:
(1) the procedure was not carried out by a medical doctor; and
(2) the the risks inherent in the Restylane treatment were not adequately explained to her.
Result of the Trial
Our Law Firm knows that after a bench trial—a trial overseen and decided by a judge, rather than a jury—the court issued a judgment in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $750,000 in compensatory damages.
Dangers and Risks Involved
As our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know, the Mizarachi case highlights just one aspect of the risks stemming from beauty salon procedures. While beauty salons and spas are sought-after as means of relaxation and self-enhancement, they often employ procedures and use chemicals which require specialized knowledge. Unfortunately, many of the individuals employed by the salons and spas are not qualified to administer the procedures. Among the types of injuries which can result from treatments such as waxing, cosmetic injections, hair dyes and facial peels, etc., are baldness, skin infections (which can lead to serious—even fatal—complications, burns (from chemicals or lasers), and even disfigurement.
Beauty salon and spa operators owe a duty of care to their customers. When they perform procedures on you, they place you at risk. Often times, of course, the procedures are completed without issue. But when issues do arise, as they did in the Mizarachi case and others like it, the implications can be dire.
You should always make sure to ask about the risks inherent in any procedure recommended by a beauty salon or spa, or, for that matter, anyone, including a doctor. While knowing about the risks of side-effects does not eliminate the likelihood that they will occur, knowledge is often the best defense. In other words, as our Trial Lawyers know, one is more likely to refuse or think more carefully about a procedure if he or she knows of the potential injuries than he or she would be if she doesn’t.
Here is what can happen if you are not careful!
If you have any questions about the Mizarachi case, this issue, or about any other personal injury issue, or if you have endured an injury caused by a cosmetic or other type of procedure, please contact our Delray Beach Injury Law Firm at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green. To schedule a free consultation, please call 561-266-9191. With offices in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Wellington, we are ready and able to assist you.