On November 16, a Beaumont, Texas, woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against a local nail salon where she allegedly suffered “permanent bodily injury” after she got her nails done at the facility. According to David Yates of the Southeastern Texas Record, the suit does not disclose the injuries that Verna Juarez allegedly suffered, but it does state that she sustained serious injuries that resulted in a dangerous condition that allegedly stemmed from her December 2010 visit.
According to a press release by a Florida-based legal expert, although nail salons are supposed to be relaxing, they can sometimes be dangerous to patrons if their equipment is not kept clean. One of the main issues that arises from unclean nail salons is mycobacterium infections, which can spread rapidly through the body if it isn’t treated properly. A report published in the Oxford Journals revealed that most of the bacteria found in these infections is located in water.
“Nontuberculous mycobacteria frequently colonize water distribution systems, and human exposure to these organisms is therefore common,” the Oxford Journals reported. “In most cases, exposure does not result in significant clinical consequences. However, under certain conditions, exposure may result in human disease. Disease caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria is relatively uncommon, so health care providers frequently fail to consider these organisms when patients present with nontuberculous mycobacterial infection. This failure may result in delayed diagnosis, increased morbidity, and a lack of recognition of a potential public health threat.”
The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health reported that these types of infections are most common among aesthetic services. A study conducted by two of the organization’s researchers concluded that the majority of nail salons involved in a study had pedicure tubs that contained M. fortuitum bacteria.
According to the lawsuit in Texas, the woman is suing the establishment for failing to warn her of these potential dangers, as well as for her alleged past and future medical expenses, lost wages due to her impairment and mental anguish.
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