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Sunbed Burn Claims

The law on Sunbeds?

A Sunbed is a way of achieving a tan in similar conditions to lying out in the sun. The lights inside the bed give off ultra violet light which works in the same way as sunlight to produce a tan. The beds are illegal for under 18s to use and use is regulated. Every shop offering tanning beds are duty bound to ensure nobody is misusing the beds and risking the development of skin conditions. It is not uncommon a Sunbed user will need to sign a waiver before they first use a bed in a tanning shop.

The law prohibiting minors from using Sunbeds was a result of the discovery that more than 2 people each day are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. More than 100 deaths per year are estimated to be caused from Sunbed use with around 3,438 new cases of melanoma attributed to Sunbed use.

Common Sunbed Injuries

Sunbed burns can initially be akin to getting sunburn while on holiday. Being burned from the UV light can arise from malfunctioning beds, untrained operators from the salon or other factors like being advised incorrectly on how long to be on the bed.

Burns can range from a sunburn style redness and soreness through to blistering and oozing from sores. The UV light on a Sunbed has the ability to cause first and second degree burns dependant on the time spent under the light and the strength of the lights themselves. When goggles are not used to shield the eyes there is also a risk of damage through into the eyeballs.

First Degree Burns

First degree burns affect the first layer of skin. The burn causes redness over the affected area and can also cause swelling leaving a lasting pain while the skin repairs itself. Following the burn skin will begin to peel as it works through its recovery process.

The burn will usually take a few days to heal but can last longer. If the burn does stretch on longer than a few days then a visit to the doctor is recommended to ensure there is no lasting infection. Treatment normally consists of keeping the skin cool and free from oils and butters as this can irritate the affected area.

Second Degree Burns

Second degree burns are more serious due to the extent of the burn penetrating further than the initial layer of skin. A second degree burn will cause blistering alongside the redness and potential swelling of a first degree burn. Frequent bandaging may be required as the blisters have a tendency to ooze.

On a Sunbed, the skin can be burned to this level by either being exposed to UV light that is too strong for the skin to handle. It can also be caused by overexposure to the light, being kept under the UV rays for too long.

To limit the damage the area burned needs to be kept under cool water for an extended time as well as receiving antibiotic cream. Second degree burns that are on the face, hands, groin and feet will need medical attention immediately.

Skin Conditions

The most commonly feared aftermath of using a Sunbed is the development of cancer from the exposure to the UV lights. As previously stated, a malignant melanoma is considered to be the most serious form of skin cancer and one linked to the use of Sunbeds in the past.

Melanocytes lay between the epidermis and dermis in the skin, this layer helps protect the body from the UV light of the sun. These cells are the ones affected and become cancerous in malignant melanoma. Often it can be identified via unusual growth, changing of shape or colour, inflammation or bleeding of moles on the skin. Displaying any of those symptoms would require a visit to the doctor asap.

A cancer that is the 5th most common, with over 25% of cases attributed to those under 50, it is unlike many other cancer types. Around 2,000 people unfortunately die from melanoma every year, making identification and treatment of it a top priority for those showing any symptoms.

Your Sunbed Claim

Making a claim for an injury relating to a sunbed is one that we understand can be very sensitive given the nature of the potential complications. The process of a claim itself will be made as simple as possible to give you the peace of mind you’ll be craving to deal with the injuries from your incident.

Once you start our claim you’ll be given a dedicated claim handler who will be your port of call for any questions you have about your claim. You can rely on them to keep you updated on the progress of the claim. Without our call centre available from 8am until 9pm daily we will always be able to find a time suited to you to answer your queries.

All of our solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis which gives you no risk to begin a claim and allows you the assurance that even if you are unsucessful, you will never have to pay at any point of the process.

Why Scott Rees & Co

For over 20 years Scott Rees has been helping those seeking compensation for injuries caused by negligence. Over our time we have developed a team of highly skilled and experienced people who understand your concerns. From the smallest cases to catastrophic injuries, our case handlers will treat you with professionalism and look to supply you with the very best result we can.

We have a wide range of specialist solicitors able to dedicate their experience towards your specific claim from road traffic accidents, to accidents at work, catastrophic accidents and accidents abroad. To find out more information or to start your claim, you can call us free on mobile and landlines or submit an online claim.

Sunbed Safety Guidelines

HSE Guide for tanning salons and customers

Sunbed Regulation Act 2010

NHS – Are Sunbeds safe?

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