Written by attorney Christopher Michael Mellino

Burn Injuries from Laser Surgery at Medical Spas

With the spa industry now booming, burn injuries from laser surgery lawsuits are on the rise. Of course, when you book an appointment at a medi-spa for a cosmetic procedure, medical spa liability is probably the last thing on your mind.

However, if you’ve suffered an injury due to untrained staff or poorly handled procedures, you’re now likely very preoccupied with figuring out your legal options – something a Cleveland malpractice attorney can review in detail.

Medical Spa Liability Cases

More and more people are getting medical spa treatments each year. According to the International Spa Association, there were nearly 20,000 spas in the United States, which generated an estimated $13.4 billion dollars in annual revenue in 2011. Many of these spas are medical spas, a niche that offers treatments utilizing medical devices.

One of the most popular types of laser medical spa treatments is laser hair removal. Unfortunately, some treatments go awry, causing the client injury. The National Law Journal reports that the spa industry is experiencing a rise in litigation and shares examples of medical spa liability cases for burn injuries from laser surgery, as well as other types of procedures:

  • A Chicago woman was awarded a $100,000 settlement in 2007 after she received a laser treatment to remove age spots, which left her with scarring on her neck.
  • AnArizonawoman sued a medical spa, reporting that she was "severely burned and scarred" during laser hair removal.
  • An Arizona man also sued a medi-spa due to scarring on his back and shoulders, extreme pain and burning which he claims to have suffered from laser hair removal.
  • ANorth Carolinawoman was granted a $500,000 settlement after contracting a blood infection alleged to be the result of a medical spa procedure to reduce stomach fat.

Understanding the Basics of Laser Surgery

Laser hair removal uses highly concentrated light energy to destroy hair at the follicle. The process usually takes a number of monthly sessions, requiring return visits for up to a year.

Medical spas have a legal responsibility to warn the patient of any risks (such as the risk of burn injuries from laser surgery) before any procedure takes place and to uphold an accepted standard of care. Failure to do so can render them legally responsible should injury occur and may necessitate the counsel of a Cleveland malpractice attorney should you decide to file a medical spa liability claim.

Post-Surgery Red Flags

While some discomfort and redness after laser surgery may be normal, serious pain and extensive scarring are not. Severe burns and other injuries from laser surgery may include:

  • second- or third-degree burns;
  • considerable swelling;
  • persistent, significant pain; or
  • deep skin scarring.

Contacting a Cleveland Malpractice Firm for Assistance

If you suffered injuries from laser hair removal or other procedures, you may be eligible to file a claim against the responsible party to seek compensation for your damages. This can include any medical bills required to treat the injuries, income you lose if you must miss work, and more. Contact Cleveland malpractice firm Mellino Robenalt, LLC for a free consultation about your burn injuries from laser surgery. Call us at (440) 333-3800.

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