People who claim to be professionals have a duty to be competent in the job they do. However, to sue a barber or hairdresser, you must show that he was negligent in some way and that negligence caused your injury.
You may sue the barbershop if your injury is a result of a condition that the barber should have known about. For example, a barber is liable if he lets people sit in a broken chair or if people slip and fall on water he forgets to mop up. If the dangerous condition is really obvious, the barber might not be liable.
Some other common injuries in a barbershop or hair salon include:
You might be able to sue a barber for emotional distress if you have a pre-existing psychological condition that makes you react more intensely to threats to physical appearance. In that case, if you can show that hair damage cause increased stress, depression, or other condition, you can recover for psychological damage and mental health care costs.
Some jurisdictions allow barbers to disclaim their liability through contracts with customers. Beauty schools often do this. Also, if you were negligent or assumed a risk, your recovery may be limited.
If you are injured in a barbershop, contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help advise you of your rights and help you recover damages.
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