Tanning salons are the primary destination for individuals looking to maintain a steady tan. Unfortunately, many users are diagnosed every year with skin damage, eye damage, and cancer. How can you tell if a tanning salon is liable for those kinds of damages?
Accountability for this sort of injury is tricky. After all, it stands to reason that an individual who willingly opts to lay down in a UV machine (tanning bed) assumes any risk. Some salons may even have their customers sign a liability waiver. However, the entire nature of the tanning industry allows for some possibility of compensation for injury.
When is a Tanning Salon Liable For Injury?
Many tanning salons actively mislead their clients into believing their equipment is safe and healthy. They do this in a variety of ways. First, they fail to inform users of the inherent long term risks of tanning. By glossing over details such as the increased likelihood for cancer and immune system deficiency the salon protects themselves without actively lying.
Another trick frequently used in salons is attempting to confuse users via scientific jargon. They will claim their equipment only uses certain percentages of UVA vs UVB rays, or that their model of bed actively simulates the healthier aspects of sunlight while eliminating the unhealthy aspects. Of course, the reality is that prolonged exposure to both UVA and UVB is dangerous, especially in such close persistent proximity.
Some tanning salons may also fail to upkeep their equipment properly, causing undue intensity in exposure and even increased risk of burning. They may also fail to monitor length of usage properly, allowing customers to fall asleep or stay too long for individual sessions. State laws also vary on age for tanning. It is the salon’s responsibility to enforce any age limits set in place by the state.
Who’s At Fault – The Salon or the Bed Manufacturer?
Sometimes tanning salons provide subpar safety because they were fed bad information from the manufacturer. The makers of tanning beds and other similar equipment have established a very lucrative market in the United States as pop culture continues to insist that a year-round tan is essentially for looking good. Young white females are especially susceptible to these kinds of trends.
Situations might arise where a salon legitimately believes it is providing a quality service even though their equipment is risky for their customers. In these kinds of situations, action can be taken against the manufacturer (or both the maker and salon depending on liability and details of the case).
How to Take Legal Action?
Legal action against salons and manufacturers is still in a relatively early phase. There have been successful cases, but the true science of tanning bed danger is just now starting to reach a critical level. Luckily, if you’ve been injured recently, you can now find lawyers who will provide an excellent chance for compensatory success.
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