There have been many recent stories about women who have filed makeup lawsuits against their professional makeup artists for injuries or damage as a result of unsafe makeup application techniques. In some instances, the claims have been successful, while in other cases the results have been less than satisfying. But what exactly is a makeup lawsuit and what do these lawsuits have to do with the safety of makeup application? The answer may surprise you.
These lawsuits are considered a civil litigation and are governed by the same federal and state laws that govern lawsuits within the private sector.
Unlike many of the personal injury lawsuits that result from automobile accidents or workplace injuries, these types of lawsuits are filed in the name of the government unit that they are attempting to hold liable. In many cases, the claims are brought forth by concerned employees who claim that they have been injured or harmed due to the negligence of their employer. However, the government unit that they are suing is not responsible for paying any damages unless the lawsuit is successful and there are accusations of government policy violations committed by the employer.
The makeup artists’ first claim in these lawsuits is that the employer’s hygienist, not certified, did not instruct the cosmetologist in the proper way to apply the makeup.
The government contends that this was not a situation in which the employees’ rights were violated. The U.S. constitution and the federal body that supervises the nation’s hospitals similarly provide employees with ample recourse when they are injured. Therefore, the burden of proof for these lawsuits rests squarely on the employer.
There are many situations where makeup artists may have been instructed improperly.
For example, there are hair makeup artists who believe that they are exempt from being held liable for the harm caused by their clients’ unsafe hair products because they applied the products as directed. Hair makeup artists are typically trained to use the products as directed and they have the knowledge and experience to know whether or not a product is safe for application to the skin. Hair stylists who are responsible for tattoo removal have another burden to bear when there are injuries from their client’s products. If the stylist does not follow the procedures laid out by their client, they are not guilty of wrongdoing and may still be subject to a lawsuit on liability for the injury.
The second burden that must be borne by those who may be sued for the actions of their employers is that of proof of official negligence.
If it can be proven that an individual’s conduct was objectively unreasonable, the individual is required to show why that conduct caused harm or was detrimental to another individual. The administrative court has a great deal of latitude in deciding what constitutes an unreasonable conduct. It has recently ordered medical health care facilities to reimburse their patients for pain and suffering that resulted from a medical procedure that was incorrectly performed by one of their employees. While the ruling may be injurious to the plaintiff’s employer, the health care facility may be facing a tremendous amount of litigation if it is forced to pay medical bills of thousands of dollars per injured employee.
One very simple type of lawsuit that can arise from the ingestion of talc or any other talc-based product is a mesothelioma lawsuit.
A person who has developed mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos must prove that he/she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace and that the exposure caused the condition. A qualified expert in this area can help the plaintiff establish that the amount of asbestos exposure was the reason for the development of mesothelioma. Some individuals who have been victimized by this type of lawsuit have been able to successfully sue their former employer for malpractice. Whether due to an individual’s negligence or the actions of an employer, individuals who have been injured due to talc in baby powder, hair styling products and other similar products have every right to file a lawsuit to seek financial compensation.