Scalding injuries are very painful at best and could have serious long-term, even life-threatening effects at worst. A serious burn could also place a significant financial burden on you and your family. Knowing what to do when you are burnt by a hot drink helps to minimise the consequences of a scalding injury and the long-term effects.
Burnt by a hot drink
The first thing you must do if you are burnt by a hot drink is to seek medical assistance. Ensuring the severity of your burn injury is diagnosed and treated correctly straight away may help to prevent:
- Permanent scarring
- Infections and other complications likely to develop if your burn injury remains untreated
Having your injury seen to immediately will also ensure it is documented within your medical record, as well as any medication and/or treatments you required. This will be useful as evidence to support a personal injury claim if your injury by scalding was caused by someone else’s mistake or carelessness. In this case, you should also get:
- Details of witnesses and/or emergency medical professionals (these should include names and current contact information)
- Photographs of your injury and the scene of the accident (the latter may help to show how, where and possibly why you were injured)
If you are unable to gather this information yourself, someone else may be able to do so for you.
You should also keep any receipts for expenses you incurred because of your burning injury (medical or travel expenses, cost of subsequent therapy or care for you and/or dependent members of your family, etc.). If your injury makes it impossible for you to go to work, you may also be able to claim for loss of income, in which case you will need to provide proof of earnings (i.e. wage slips, bank statements).
Accident Advice Helpline
We have been helping people who were burnt by a hot drink get the compensation they deserve for more than 15 years. Thanks to the wealth of experience we have gathered over these years, we can help you get the compensation due to you quickly, efficiently and without any unnecessary hassle.
If you believe you may have a claim, get expert compensation advice and secure the support of one of our skilled in-house solicitors today by calling our confidential no-obligation freephone helpline from your mobile or landline on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 respectively now.