Tattoos are a meaningful, permanent statement on your body and an expression of who you are. Unfortunately, not all tattoos are needled equally. Whether it be reused needles or inexperienced artists, the last thing you need when deciding how you’d like your body to look for the rest of your life is an infection at the site of your new tattoo.
Do you think that you were subjected to negligence that resulted in an infected tattoo? An experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is here to help. We will waste no effort in pursuing your case to ensure you get the most compensation possible. Call us at (561) 655-1990 or contact us via our website for a free consultation.
Can you sue a tattoo artist or tattoo parlor for gross negligence?
Most of the time, tattoo parlors will require clients to sign waivers that specify that the client cannot sue the studio or artist for most reasons. However, these waivers do not cover things such as gross negligence.
Gross negligence regarding tattoo artists and parlors means that the artist or parlor did not take proper steps to ensure the safety of the client. This can range from a variety of different things, such as contaminated needles or ink, unsanitary working conditions, or inexperienced artists who aren’t yet qualified to do the work the parlor is having them do.
Whenever you suspect that you have been subjected to a case of gross negligence, it is important to take whatever waiver you have signed and speak to a qualified attorney who can see if the waiver would cover your specific situation in court. This will allow you to see if you can actually sue the tattoo artist or the parlor for financial compensation for the infection that you have had to deal with as a result of their negligence.
Can you sue a tattoo artist for bad work?
Generally, you can sue a tattoo artist or parlor if you have been subjected to injury or unsatisfactory work. The legal ground for what you can truly sue for may vary from case to case, however.
For example, an injury or infection is more than likely going to be a solid case in a legal sense. Though a waiver might be a bit of an obstacle, it is certainly not going to be airtight if you have been subjected to gross negligence.
As far as unsatisfactory work, however, things get a bit complicated. You probably couldn’t sue just for a tattoo turning out in a different way than you imagined it turning out in your mind.
There are guidelines in place in a waiver that would more than likely prevent you from suing based on those grounds alone. If you and the artist agreed on a certain design, however, and the tattoo looks nothing like the design you agreed upon, then you might have a case.
Contact a Florida personal injury attorney for further information today
Overall, there are many gray areas surrounding what you can and cannot sue a tattoo artist for in regard to your own body. However, you can always rely on the professionals at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to be on your side and support you in every way we can. It is our goal to fight for you and to help you obtain all of the financial compensation that you are entitled to.
Still curious about whether you might have a case? Contact us today for a free consultation at (561) 655-1990 or by reaching out to our Florida personal injury lawyers through our online contact form.