ANDERSON — Although a final order hasn't yet been issued, a local nail salon has been sanctioned by the State Board of Cosmetology & Barber Examiners.
Dien K. Bui, the owner of Nail Art, 1203 E. 53rd St., Anderson, was under investigation because one of the salon technicians allegedly used a razor during a pedicure that caused an infection so severe a client's right big toe had to be amputated.
Late last week the board fined the company $1,000 for each of two violations, and put the salon's license on indefinite probation with no right to petition for removal for one year.
The sanctions were imposed based on a complaint filed by the client whose toe was amputated.
“During the pedicure, the individual rendering pedicure services used a razor device to shave, reduce, or remove a callus on K.J.’s right foot,” according to the complaint.
“In the following days, K.J. developed an infection, resulting in the amputation of his right big toe in April 2015.”
In allowing the use of a razor device, Nail Art violated Indiana code, which prohibits “the use of razor devices to shave, reduce, or remove calluses or corns,” J. Michael Nossett, deputy attorney general, said in the complaint.
When Nail Art performed the pedicure on K.J. in 2015, its license was on indefinite probation, according to cosmetology board records.
On Oct. 15, 2013, the public licensing agency inspected the salon, finding an unlicensed technician working at the shop and a “razor device” in a work station drawer.
In November 2014, the cosmetology board placed Nail Art on indefinite probation for one year and fined the company $1,000 and court costs of $110.
Last June, Kenneth Jackey, the Nail Art client whose big toe was amputated, filed a civil lawsuit in Madison Circuit Court.
Jackey alleges he suffered permanent injuries because of Nail Art’s negligence, and is seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages and “other special expenses.”
In its initial response to the suit, Nail Art acknowledged that Jackey was a client, but denied the allegations of negligence or any other alleged wrongdoing.