Tattoos are becoming a common fixture on the human body, and they are even trending as fashion statements. As more tattoo parlors open up to accommodate the demand for this latest trend, one must ask what happens if you get an infection due to improper standards at that parlor. After all, it is not uncommon to find a tattoo parlor that doesn’t properly sanitize their equipment – which could lead to deadly infections.
In order to hold the tattoo parlor liable for your injuries, you must first establish that negligence was present. Negligence is a concept that holds people (as well as businesses) accountable for harm that was caused (even if it is unintentional). In order to establish negligence in this type of case, you would need to show that the tattoo parlor:
The standard of care requirement varies for everyone and every business. For a tattoo professional or shop, here are some examples of standards of care that they must follow:
As the plaintiff, you must meet the burden of proof by showing that the tattoo shop or professional failed to provide the standard of care expected of them. This means showing that they didn’t wash their hands or that they used a dirty needle. If you have evidence of an infection outbreak, then you may be able to use that information to establish your case, too.
While the tattoo shop could be to blame, you may also play a role in your infection. For example, if you have not followed the after-care instructions provided to you, then you suffered an infection. If you are partially at fault, you can still collect compensation under contributory negligence, but the amount will decrease based on your fault percentage.
If you have contracted an infection from a tattoo and you feel negligence was to blame, contact a personal injury attorney from Malman Law today. Schedule your free initial consultation now by calling our offices or requesting more information online.