Thursday 22 February 2018

Man awarded €8,000 after court told laser treatment to remove tattoo left him with burns and infection

Saurya Cherfi

A 29-year-old Dublin man suffered burns and a severe infection to his right forearm after “excessively intense laser treatment” was used to remove a tattoo, a court was told today.

Barrister Eileen McAuley told the Circuit Civil Court that in March 2012, Darren Pugh went to laser tattoo clinic Dublin Ink Ltd in Temple Bar, Dublin, to have a tattoo removed.

Ms McAuley said "excessive shots of energy" had been used during the laser treatment and Mr Pugh, of Cherryfield Lawn, Hartstown, Clonsilla, Dublin, immediately felt pain in his forearm.

The site of where Mr Pugh had the treatment done developed into several large blisters, the court also heard.  

Mr Pugh told Judge Matthew Deery that he attended Dublin Doc the day after he had the laser treatment and his wound was dressed.

He said he later developed a severe infection in his forearm and was prescribed antibiotics by his GP.

The court heard the blisters on his arm had needed to be released because Mr Pugh’s right hand had become swollen. The infection cleared up after a week.

Mr Pugh said the wound had left two visible scars on his forearm. As a result of the injuries he sustained he sued Dublin Ink Ltd, with a registered address at Saul’s Court, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin, for damages.

Ms McAuley said solicitors D.J. Synnott had earlier obtained a judgement in default of appearance against the defendant company. She told the judge that today’s case was before the court for the assessment of damages only.

Judge Deery, hearing that Mr Pugh had been conscious of the scars on his forearm, awarded him €8,000 damages. The tattoo clinic was not represented during today’s hearing.

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