I bought a coffee this morning on my way to work, the café was quite busy but in his rush to give me my coffee the attendant did not secure the top of the plastic cup properly and I ended up spilling much of the coffee on my hand and burning it. Am I eligible to claim for a burn from a hot drink?
In order to successfully make a compensation claim for a burn from a hot drink, you must first seek professional medical attention. This should be done without delay as it could be argued by the negligent party that you contributed to your injuries by failing to seek timely medical care, which could affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
You are also required to demonstrate that negligence on behalf of the coffee shop attendant directly led to your injury. To do this you will need to support your compensation claim with evidence such as photographs of your injury both close up and from a distance and if possible testimonies of people who saw your accident.
The coffee shop is obligated to inform customers that the item they are purchasing is hot, if this has not been done, you may be entitled to claim for a burn injury from a hot drink. Of course the coffee shop may contest your claim alleging you contributed to the cause of the accident by your own lack of care which is why you should speak with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible as they will be able to guide you through the various steps to making a compensation claim for your injury.
The amount of compensation you are entitled to claim for suffering pain from a hot drink bring spilled on you will depend on a number of elements such as the pain and suffering you experienced at the time of the accident, any deterioration in your quality of life as a result of your burn injury, your age, sex and the possibility that the burn may result in a visible scar.
A personal injury solicitor will be able to calculate the potential value of your claim taking all these factors into account and will advise you whether it is worthwhile making a claim for a burn from a hot drink and if so, the best way of pursuing that compensation claim.