Nail Salon Pays $ 1.75 Million To Client With Lost Leg
It is every well-groomed consumer’s worst nightmare.
What started as a routine pedicure for Clara Shellman of Tampa, Fla. Ended in a settlement of $ 1.75 million and one member less.
Shellman, now 55, sued after a technician at the now-closed Tammy’s Nails 2 salon sliced off her foot in September 2018. Exacerbated by her severe peripheral artery disease, which reduces blood flow to her extremities, the wound quickly became infected, prompting doctors to eventually call for a complete amputation of the leg, according to the lawsuit.
Tammy’s Nails 2 has agreed to pay Shellman $ 1.75 million for its hardship, according to court documents filed on Dec. 16, which did not name any individual defendants.
“She was stunned, shocked, crying and dizzy, all at the same time,” Shellman attorney Paul Fulmer said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.
The amputation was financially and emotionally ruinous for Shellman, Fulmer said, as the mother of a school-aged child lost her home and her ability to work. For years, she depended on the care of loved ones just to get around.
She filed her complaint in May 2020, alleging the salon failed to meet hygienic standards, used dirty tools on her feet and neglected to properly train employees.
A response from Tammy’s Nails 2 claimed that Shellman’s misfortune was on her own initiative because she ignored “reasonable efforts to prevent the development of an infection.” The former company also denied that their equipment was unsanitary.
Nonetheless, they settled amicably – with surprising ease, said Fulmer, an attorney for Morgan & Morgan, who believed they could fight his pre-existing vascular condition.
“There could have been a very strong defense argument with this,” Fulmer said, according to the Associated Press. “We would have been satisfied with at least half of what we received.”
For his work, Fulmer collects around 30-35% of the settlement, less legal fees.
Meanwhile, the Tammy’s Nails 2 location at 2507 W. Hillsborough Ave. was picked up by local channel Tampa Nails, according to public records.