Health spas and “day spas” have gone beyond offering massages and facials. Many also offer laser treatments for removal of unwanted hair, spider veins, and skin discoloration.
A laser machine
People should take great care when thinking about having laser treatments at a health spa. There has been in increased number of cases against spas for negligent laser treatment.
The spa personnel are not trained medical professionals. Although New York does not require that laser treatment be administered by a licensed medical professional, it is much safer to have this procedure done under medical supervision. This is a sophisticated medical procedure. It should be done in a doctor’s office, specifically a dermatologist.
If something goes wrong, such as a serious burn from over-exposure to the laser, there may be a case against the spa for negligence. Similarly, negligent laser treatment by a physician can result in a medical malpractice claim.
It is interesting that the case against the spa would carry a statute of limitations of 3 years while a case against a physician would carry a 2.5 year statute of limitations.
Consumers should also be aware that not all health spas carry liability insurance. In that event, recovery may be unlikely.
If you have been injured due to a laser treatment, please feel free to call me at 800-581-1434 or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.
Mark E. Seitelman, 9/17/09, www.seitelman.com.