Botched Tattoo Or Tattoo Removal: Is It Possible To File A Lawsuit?

Everyone makes mistakes. It's a part of life. Unfortunately, some of them are permanent mistakes. For some, this may be in terms of a bad tattoo or a botched tattoo removal. When this happens, it isn't uncommon to wonder whether or not you have any legal recourse against the tattoo shop, artist or clinic. Read on to learn more.

When The Ink Is In Place...

Believe it or not, tattoo lawsuits aren't something new. In fact, they are so common that the majority of tattoo shops actually have liability waivers and insurance to deal with situations that may later arise. You sign these before you get the ink to make it difficult to file a lawsuit and win. These waivers are to protect the artist in the event that you have a difference of opinion on his or her work. So, if you simply receive a tattoo that you just aren't happy with, then you may not have a valid case.

However, these forms do not have much basis when it comes to actual injuries. For example, if you suffer an infection, extreme blistering or even burns during or after getting the tattoo, your tattoo may have been done with bad ink. Your injuries could also be a result of an unsanitary environment in which you received the tattoo or contaminated needles that were used. You'll have to get the insurance information from the tattoo artist or shop in order to file a claim. However, if the artist and shop does not have insurance or won't compensate you, then you may need to speak to a personal injury attorney in order to move forward and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

When You Tried to Get the Ink Out...

Whether you were unsatisfied with the way the tattoo looked or you broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and want his or her name off of your body, then you definitely don't want to have to deal with a problem with the tattoo removal process. Unfortunately, it happens.

The process of how to proceed is very similar to how you would if you ended up injured while getting the tattoo. If you go to a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist and suffer injuries, your injuries will probably be covered by their medical malpractice insurance. The same is true in a tattoo shop, if they're insured. Again, if the insurance company is not willing to work with you or compensate you, then you can go to a personal injury attorney in order to proceed and hold the responsible party accountable for their reckless actions that resulted in your unfortunate injury.

The Term "Arbitration" in the Paperwork

In many liability waivers or other paperwork that you may have signed before you got the tattoo or had it removed, there may be a term called "arbitration" used. This essentially is a clause that means an injury dispute must be resolved by a neutral arbitrator rather than in a court.

In any event and regardless of the circumstances, if you've been injured from getting a tattoo or during the removal of a tattoo, you have legal rights. Contact a personal injury attorney (like those at Connor Law) to discuss your case further.