WILLIAMSPORT - The mother of a Jersey Shore girl claims her daughter suffered permanent injuries when hair coloring was misapplied at a hair salon in the Lock Haven area.
Elaina Welch makes the allegations on behalf of her daughter, Crystal, in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court against the Regis Corp. of Minneapolis, Minn., that uses the trade name Holiday Hair.
The complaint states the girl suffered chemical burns at the Holiday Hair in Clinton Plaza on June 17, when an employee, Dana Thompson, incorrectly applied the hair coloring.
The second- and third-degree burns suffered by Crystal Welch required treatment at the Jersey Shore Hospital emergency room, Geisinger Medical Center, Lehigh Valley Medical Center burn unit and by Dr. Herbert Ecker, a plastic surgeon, the suit states.
Welch complained of burning sensations when the coloring was applied, but Thompson allegedly advised her it was normal, the complaint states. However, he asked the girl's mother to go to a nearby drug store to obtain Neosporin for the burns, the document states.
The girl began receiving medical treatment the following day and on June 19, Ecker informed her the burns to her scalp were severe, the suit states.
When she sought additional treatment at Geisinger, she was transferred to Lehigh Valley by ambulance where she was admitted, the document states. Welch claims she was told no hair follicles will grow in the burn areas.
The suit, that seeks damages in excess of $100,000, claims Crystal Welch will continue to suffer physical and mental paid, incur medical treatment and her mother has lost wages taking her for treatment.