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Marked for life: Tattoo parlor injuries

Tattoos are so popular these days that entire magazines and websites are devoted to them. According to the History of Tattoos website, every year Americans spend $1.65 billion getting themselves inked. 70% of those who get a tattoo go on to get more than one and 20% get more than five.

Although tattoos are trendy, they can also be dangerous. Below are some common health issues that can arise:

  • Allergic reaction to the ink. Many people have gotten tattoos only to notice soon afterward that their skin was bumpy and painful. In extreme cases, a growth can develop and require surgical removal. According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, the substances used to create green, blue, yellow, and red pigments have been known to cause allergies.
  • Bacterial infection. Tattoos can cause bacterial infections that may lead to serious conditions like septicemia, a rare toxic shock syndrome, syphilis, and leprosy.

You could notice a rash in the tattoo area or develop a high fever. Other complications may include chills and sweating. You may need antibiotics or even surgery that requires you to take some time off work.

Is the tattoo shop liable?

Is the artist or the shop that employs them legally responsible if you are harmed after getting a tattoo? The answer primarily depends on whether there was negligence involved. This is the criteria that New York courts use to decide whether or not a tattoo parlor is responsible for your damages.

Below are some examples of negligent behavior that can support a personal injury claim against the establishment.

  • Working while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to use sterile needles or appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves
  • Not asking you about your medical history, such as whether you have certain allergies
  • Not cleaning their equipment and tools
  • Not providing you with proper instructions for aftercare

While it’s not unusual to be unhappy with the finished tattoo, dissatisfaction is not grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. But when a tattoo artist works in a way that breaches their duty of care, such as reusing a needle or not sterilizing their tools, a negligence claim can result if you can prove injury and compensable damages.

If you believe that you incurred a serious injury or illness after getting tattooed, then it is important to address your concerns with a New York personal injury attorney. Your attorney will advise you on how to gather the evidence needed to refute any claims that you ignored after-care instructions or somehow caused your own misfortune. Any New York tattoo parlor that jeopardizes the health of its customers can and should be held accountable when injury results.

Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, New York personal injury and accident lawyer. If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to a settlement to compensate you for lost wages, medical costs, and past and future pain and suffering. Call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person initial consultation with Mr. Lutzky.

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