I Was Injured Doing a Recreational Activity. What Should I do Now?

People spend their spare time in recreations that bring them enjoyment. However unfortunate, sometimes these activities can injure or endanger someone when they least expect it. If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of some kind of cosmetic or entertainment service, you may want to seek legal assistance to understand your rights and the options available to you.

What Recreational Activities Are Most-Prone to Injury?

In time off from work, school, and responsibilities, many Floridians release stress and add fun with various things. However, some activities carry hidden dangers. When someone is injured because of the negligence of the service provider, that person has rights to recover damages.

Florida provides residents a wide variety of enjoyable activities and services which may include risks that are generally unknown or not fully understood. These include:
  • Tattoos or piercings
  • Visits to a salon, spa, or cosmetic center
  • Athletic activities at a gym or workout center
Although the services of these businesses are usually safe, there are occasional mishaps and injuries due to the service provider’s negligence. The personal injury process can be complicated and an experienced personal injury attorney can be highly valuable to guiding you through.

What Types of Injuries Result from Recreational Activites?

People get hurt when they least expect it. While everything carries a certain amount of risk, some activities cause injuries if service’s staff members are not properly trained, or if the management neglected to maintain equipment or legal requirements. With any business, you may be interested in finding out the details of their business insurance to make sure that in case you are injured they will be able to cover the cost of damages.

Tattoos and Piercing Injuries in Florida

Tattoo artists in the state of Florida are regulated by the Department of Health, and a physician, osteopathic physician, or dentist legally supervises them with semi-annual review and training. Tattoo parlors are required to maintain written procedures for minor medical problems and for emergencies. With careful monitoring, injuries caused by tattoos and piercings have been greatly reduced in the last few decades, but can include: 
  • Skin irritation, discoloration, and minor infection
  • Allergic reactions to inks, solutions, metals, etc
  • Severe infections including AIDS, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne pathogens (extremely rare)
  • Nerve or muscle damage caused by improperly performed piercings

Any adult interested in getting a tattoo or piercing should thoroughly investigate the business before getting the tattoo. A reputable tattoo parlor will be able to show you their artists’ licensing and should allow you to observe their methods before you purchase from them. If you are injured because of an accident or negligence while getting a tattoo or piercing, you may need a Florida personal injury attorney.

Salon or Spa Injuries in Florida

Many people enjoy relaxing for a day at the spa or salon. These businesses offer many cosmetic services including:

  • Chemical peels
  • Mud-baths
  • Botox
  • Hot rock therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Nail and hair treatments

Sometimes these cosmetic treatments can result in unexpected injuries such as:

  • Chemical or heat burns from facials, hair removal, manicures or pedicures, hair coloring or curling, and other cosmetic treatments
  • Allergic reactions to chemicals, therapeutic muds or salts
  • Burns from hot rock therapy or massage cupping
  • Nerve damage from incorrectly performed massage or acupuncture
  • Nerve or muscle injury from incorrectly administered Botox or other cosmetic treatments
The salon artists and managers have a responsibility to perform these cosmetic services in a safe and comfortable environment, and clients have a reasonable expectation for these services to be provided by trained professionals.

Gyms, Work-Out, and Athletic Injuries in Florida

Physical fitness and health awareness in Florida has led to many available businesses for enjoyable exercise. People may join a gym or sign up for instructional classes expecting a work-out and athletic improvement, but if the business management is negligent to maintain equipment or train the instructors properly, athletic injuries can occur. These include:

Although these businesses may have visitors sign a liability waiver, they also have legal responsibilities to post policies and procedures for clients, abide by licensing requirements, and provide services which do not endanger people who use their athletic services. If you have been injured at an athletic facility, gym, or work-out center you may consider speaking with a personal injury attorney to learn more about your options.


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