Pedicure results in chronic infection...

by Karen
(Laurens, SC)

I was cut twice while getting a pedicure. The first cut was under the nail bed and then on the cuticle of the same foot. Both places were bleeding. I thought this was something that happened frequently and thought the tech had surely cleaned it to prevent infection.

Six days later I was in the ER with a chronic infection and unbearable pain. After getting it lanced and squeezed, I was sent home with heavy antibiotics. The next day, the infection was worse and I went to the family doctor. That visit required three more excruciating shots and a partial removal of the toenail.

I went back to work today after missing two days. Earlier this evening, my toe looked better. Now it's turning black again and I need to try to get in to see the doctor for yet another visit. I have had no contact with the salon, yet.

What should be my first step? How do I make sure to get compensated for all this? Thanks.

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ANSWER for "Pedicure results in chronic infection...":

Karen (Laurens, SC):

Each year, there are thousands of reports of injuries sustained in nail and beauty salons. These injuries range from minor skin irritation, to chronic infections. Your injuries are certainly quite serious, and at the highest range of reported injuries. You have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and related expenses, referred to as your "damages."

In most cases, damages can include compensation for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses (medications, bandages, costs of travel to and from treatment, parking lot fees, etc.), lost wages, and for pain and suffering, also called emotional distress or mental anguish.

Salon owners have a "legal duty of care" to make their salons safe for customers. When the condition of the salon is dirty, or employees are negligent in the manner in which they handle a customer's hands, feet, or other skin, and as a result a customer is injured, the salon owner becomes liable for the customer's (victim's) damages.

In relatively minor injury claims, victims can usually represent themselves. They can contact the salon owner's insurance company, file a claim, and proceed with settlement negotiations. More serious injuries like yours require the advice and counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. Most injury attorneys will not charge for an initial office consultation.

Take multiple photos of your injuries, and get a copy of the receipt for the day you were at the salon. Try to secure the name and address of the salon owner. Then, make several appointments with various personal injury attorneys in your area.

The salon owner is likely insured. As long as your attorney can prove your injuries occurred at the salon, you will likely not have a problem being compensated for your damages.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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Infected toe from pedicure
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Update: a culture was taken from the infection and the results came back as MRSA.

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