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What Are Piercings?

A piercing is a small hole made in an individual’s body in which a piece of jewellery is placed to prevent the hole healing back up. A piercing can be stretched over time with a wider piece of jewellery called a stretcher.

Piercings are popular today amongst both men and women and can be conducted across the majority of the body.


The most pierced woman in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World records, has been pierced an astonishing 4,225 times in her lifetime. In one count alone she was found to have 462 piercings. The most pierced man for one count is closely behind on 453.

What is the Procedure For a Piercing?

Several clear steps should be followed when a piercing is conducted, including:

  1. Discussion with a professional piercer about the placement of the piercing, and the potential side effects.
  2. Sterilising the ear.
  3. Mark the placement on the body area.
  4. The skin is pierced using the specific technique and sterilised equipment required. This will depend on the type of piercing and the placement.
  5. The piercer will advise the individual of the appropriate aftercare for their piercing.



Who Should Conduct a Piercing?

Piercings should be conducted by a qualified professional. It is agreed across the industry that the best way to become a qualified piercer is to partake in an apprenticeship scheme, where you spend a minimum of three months as a full-time trainee.

During this time, you will learn about disinfection, cross-contamination, sterilisation, and other health and safety issues/ You may also learn customer service skills and specialised practices at the saloon. It is then thought that a minimum of six months in full-time supervised training is needed.

Are There Any Side Effects or Adverse Risks?

The invasive nature of piercings makes them prone to a range of side effects. Whilst the below are potential adverse risks, receiving a piercing form a professional in a sterile environment will reduce the chances of these risks:

  • Infections (bacterial).
  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Keloid scarring.
  • Allergic reactions to the equipment or jewellery used.
  • Cross-contamination, which can lead to viral infections such as HIV or hepatitis.

The above list is not a complete list of all side effects and others may occur.


If you experience any adverse reactions to a piercing, it is recommended that you visit the piercing provider who will assess the side effects.

The provider may recommend that the jewellery is removed and/or replaced if an allergic reaction has occurred; they may provide you with further details of how to clean the piercing and help clear up any infection. They may also suggest that you consult a medical professional so that they can assess your injuries further.

Long-term Complications Prognosis

The long-term complications associated with the side effects of piercings depend on the side effect experienced. However, many side effects can be seen to have serious long-term implications. For instance, keloid scarring can create a permanent raised blemish on the skin, whereas serious viral infections can drastically reduce life expectancy in the very worse scenarios.

Catching any potential adverse reactions early can help to reduce the long-term complications, so if you are in any doubt about the symptoms you are experiencing following on from a piercing, you should call your doctor and seek their professional medical advice.



How Do I Make a Claim?

If you have experienced any of the symptoms discussed, you should first seek medical advice.

If you wish to pursue a claim, we will require details – where possible – of the practitioner or company who carried out the procedure, details of the dates this was undertaken and details of what symptoms you are experiencing.

We would also advise that you report the side effects to the practitioner or company who carried out the procedure. We can then assess the prospects of your claim and look to obtain compensation for the injury.

How Long Will My Case Take to Run?

Given the complexities involved in pursuing Cosmetic claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if Court proceedings have to be issued. Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion.

We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.

How Much is My Claim Worth?

It is often difficult to value cosmetic claims at their outset given the complexities involved. However, we will pursue two forms of compensation for you:

Firstly, we will pursue compensation known as general damages – an award of money for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of your injuries.

Secondly, we will pursue compensation known as special damages – an award of money for all your out of pocket expenses such as travel expenses, medication costs, loss of earnings, treatment costs both past and future. This list is not exhaustive and is very case-specific.

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Why Use Oakwood Solicitors to Make Your Cosmetic Surgery Case?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of cosmetic negligence.

We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand and to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

How is My Case Funded?

The majority of Cosmetic Surgery cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a “no-win, no fee” agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost. If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.

It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has been obtained the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.

The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.


If you have been negatively affected by a piercing or body modification, get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

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