FL Tattoo Infections And Proving Negligence
Body art and body modification procedures are popular in Florida and throughout the world. While individuals pursue a tattoo to achieve a certain appearance, getting a tattoo requires the skin to be punctured. If the process takes place in a tattoo parlor that is not hygienic, infections can follow.
Serious infections can lead to high expenses, but it can be difficult to recover damages from a tattoo parlor. Hiring a qualified attorney means you will have a legal expert on your side to help you strengthen your claim in an effort to recover damages. Reach out and connect with a Delray Beach personal injury attorney.
Reasonable Care and Negligence
In order to take legal action, it needs to be proven that an infected tattoo was caused by a person or party failing to use reasonable care. This means that simply the presence of an infection is not enough to establish liability. There needs to be evidence of safety failures, such as not following disinfection or clean needle protocols.
Working with an attorney is important as it can be difficult to prove negligence and it is common for Florida tattoo parlors to require their customers to sign liability waivers. If you have signed a waiver, there is likely language stating the artist and business are not responsible if the tattoo leads to injuries, such as infections. Often these waivers are enforceable, but a lawyer can read through the document and will recognize situations in which the waiver was not drafted properly.
Types of Damages and Timelines
If it is determined you have the evidence needed to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney can walk you through which types of damages are eligible for recovery under Florida law. For instance, there could be economic damages related to set expenses, such as medical bills and documentation of lost income, and subjective damages for suffering and emotional distress.
Getting your case started as soon as you recognize your tattoo is infected and another was negligent is advised. The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in the state of Florida is four years from injury onset. While this may initially sound like a lot of time, gathering documentation and working through negotiations often takes longer than many realize. Starting the process today could result in more recovery options for you to choose from. Discuss your illness or injury with a Delray Beach personal injury attorney today.
What options do you have after a tattoo parlor provided a service that led to infection and injury? Discuss how your tattoo infection impacted your life with the attorneys at Earnhart Law in Delray Beach. Compensation for medical fees, lost income, and emotional distress could be possible, but taking action as soon as you can is advised. Our skilled lawyers have been handling personal injury cases for over 30 years, and we’ve provided legal support for clients in a variety of situations. To talk over your legal options, call our office at 561-265-2220 or contact us online.