Medical Negligence: Removal Of Tattoo Results In Women Losing Sensation In Her Foot
On 7th January 2016, Laura Kellett visited Finelinez, a tattoo parlour based in Birmingham for a tattoo removal. Shortly after the procedure, painful blisters started to form on Laura’s foot. Following this, she was rushed to hospital with a loss of sensation and movement in her foot due to suspected nerve damage.
It was later revealed that the tattoo removal was performed by a member of staff who lacked any formal training or previous experience in laser removal treatments. This was despite the company website describing the employee as an “experienced laser operator”.
Worse still, the laser used to perform the procedure had been bought cheaply from eBay; the customer was not offered any eye-protection or aftercare; and the laser was used in an uncontrolled environment failing to prevent inadvertent exposure to the beam. This posed grave danger to not only the customers of Finelinez, but also their employees.
At Birmingham Magistrates Court, Daniel Tanner, the director of Finelinez, admitted two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act. As a result, he was fined £1,200, ordered to pay £500 costs and pay a victim surcharge of £170.
Passing sentence, chairman of the bench Paul Watson stated:
“The total lack of support and training given to staff is really disturbing.”
In response, Tanner apologised for the conduct of his business and informed the court that Finelinez would shortly be closing down. Laura has also been referred to a consultant for specialist testing and is likely to suffer from long-term damage.
In Laura’s case, it is clear there have been a number of negligent acts. At Michael Lewin Solicitors, we have a team of dedicated solicitors with extensive experience of dealing with cases just like this.
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Article written by Bethany Hall, Legal Administrator for the Clinical Negligence Department at Michael Lewin Solicitors.