It is estimated that one in five adults in the UK have tattoos and this figure rises to one in three for young adults. A tattoo is a form of body art that’s created when a needle is used to insert ink into the dermis layer of the skin.

Permanent makeup is also a form of tattooing. This is where permanent ink is used to mimic the look of eye liner, lip liner, eyebrow pencil and other kinds of makeup. When a tattoo is applied, a tattoo artist will usually use a handheld machine with an attached needle to puncture the skin. Every time the machine makes a hole it injects ink into the dermis which is the second layer of skin below the epidermis.

Complications can arise from the application of tattoos

Amongst these issues are:

  • Formation of keloids which are overgrowths of scar tissue
  • Burning or swelling at the tattoo site
  • Skin infections may arise such as staph infection or tuberculosis
  • Blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV can be contracted by using contaminated tattoo needles
  • Development of nodules of inflamed tissue called granulomas around the tattoo site may occur
  • Nervous system damage and poisoning can occur from tattoo ink

Most Tattoo parlours have extremely strict health and safety standards in place; regrettably some do not and then one or more or more of the health issues outlined above may result from poor hygiene or sanitisation, from a lack of training, or from inadequate equipment being used, or a combination of all three.

In addition under the Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 nobody under the age of 18 can be tattooed in the UK even with the consent of a parent, so if your child is underage and issues have arisen with a tattoo and your son or daughter has suffered loss or injury you may well be able to claim.

In order to prove your case we will need to prove that the actions of the tattoo artist or their staff fell below that required by a reasonable body of medical opinion.

Tattoo removal complications

It may be that it was not the application of the tattoo but the removal that caused your personal injury.

Again the results of this procedure may cause:

  • Infections
  • Scarring resulting from infected tattoos
  • Burns or blisters resulting from tattoo removal treatment
  • Scarring resulting from removal treatment

How we can help

Our healthcare experienced lawyers can help you to establish swiftly if you have a claim and advise you of the level of compensation you will be likely to receive.

We will refer you to an expert in this field who will be able to advise whether the issues you are having relate to your tattoo (or its removal).

If we agree to take on your case we will deal with it on a No Win No Fee basis meaning that if you lose you pay nothing and if you win the percentage you receive the minimum percentage of your compensation you retain will be agreed at the outset.

Frequently asked questions

If my claim is successful, will I able be able to use the funds for corrective treatment?

You can use your compensation for whatever you wish, so if corrective treatment is available you will be able to pursue that should your claim be successful

Pursuing a claim for compensation is no quick fix and can take several months. however, we work to ensure you are kept fully up to date at every stage of the process, so that your expectations of when your claim will be settled are realistic.