Tattoos, Piercings, and the Injuries that Follow
Tattoos and piercings can cause serious injuries. As the popularity of body modification grows, the number of people who are exposed to disease or suffer serious infections, allergic reactions, and disabling conditions after visiting a tattoo parlor continues to rise.
The Rise of Tattoos and Piercings
Approximately 38% of teenagers in America have at least one tattoo. This is a sharp increase over the number of teens who had tattoos just a decade ago. Similarly, the number of individuals with piercings has risen over the past twenty years. More than just earrings, these include navel rings, nose rings, and other piercings that can create potential pathways for pathogens to enter into the bloodstream and infect the individual. In many cases, individuals are not adequately informed of the risks of sun exposure, swimming, and wound care following the completion of the procedure.
Complications from Tattoos and Piercings
Tattoos and piercings are linked to an increased risk of severe infections that can circulate quickly throughout the body. Additionally, the dyes used in tattoos can cause allergic reactions. The use of “dirty needles” is another significant risk to consider. These make it possible for the transmission of acquired infections including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
These infections can have serious, life-threatening consequences. In many cases, exposure to these pathogens is not readily apparent and is only discovered once the individual becomes grievously ill.
Liability for Tattoos and Piercings
Individuals who perform tattoos and piercings have a duty of care to their clients. This includes properly sterilizing all equipment and thoroughly informing their client’s of the risks associated with the procedure. They are also required to inform patients of the proper care required following the piercing or tattoo.
Moreover, individuals who operate tattoo parlors and piercing shops in Illinois are required to secure the appropriate licenses and maintain their facilities in a condition that aligns with local health codes. Those who fail to do this negligently place the health and safety of their clients at risk. In Illinois, individuals can pursue compensation for damages following a botched tattoo or piercing procedure. This compensation can cover the cost of medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering individuals experience as a result of their injuries.