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    Esther Rantzen

    How to claim hot food injury compensation


    Many foods should be served hot, but there is a difference between something being hot and being so hot it will burn you. When we go to a restaurant, a café or anywhere of a similar nature, you might be served hot food as part of your meal or snack. In some instances the plate will be warm but you can often still touch it. However, on some occasions it can be red-hot, and in this case you could burn yourself if you came into contact with it in any way.

    When you are served something hot you should be warned it is hot. If this isn’t the case and you receive a burn while trying to eat the food, you could have a chance to get hot food injury compensation. It is normal to blow on food to cool it down a little, and of course to realise it will be hot. However, in some cases it is so hot it couldn’t be brought into contact with the skin.

    Suppose something is spilled on you?

    Imagine you are seated at your table in a restaurant and the waiter brings you the dish you have ordered. In doing so he trips, spilling the hot dish on you. This would undoubtedly ruin whatever you are wearing, but if there is hot gravy or some kind of sauce included, there could be a possibility of sustaining severe burns. Sauces won’t run straight off the skin like water can, so there could potentially be a greater chance of being hurt.

    Accident Advice Helpline handles cases like this from time to time where people have been burned or scalded when hot food has been dropped on them, or when they have eaten it unknowingly. Hot food injury compensation can depend on how badly you have been burned and which parts of your body are affected.

    Seek expert advice as soon as you can

    It makes sense to get medical advice for any burns you have suffered before you do anything else. However, once you reach the stage where you are recovering from your injuries you should think about contacting Accident Advice Helpline. We have years of experience in dealing with a variety of claims, these ones included. As such you can see whether you have an opportunity to make a compensation claim when you call us.

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    Date Published: September 24, 2015

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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