A burn to the mouth can be very painful, incurring nasty injuries that can take time to heal. You may also find it becomes problematic to eat and drink, since you will be waiting for the burn to heal.
Burns of this nature can be suffered by eating or drinking something that is too hot to touch. For example you might be served something in a canteen, a restaurant or takeaway that is extremely hot, but you may not have been warned of this. If you order a hot dish or drink you would expect it to be hot, of course. However, in some cases it can be too hot; tea may still be close to boiling point or the food may have been overheated before being served to you.
What should you do if this happens to you?
Your first action should be to minimise the damage caused. This can be done by cooling the temperature of the skin, in this case your mouth and tongue. Rinsing your mouth out with cold water will help reduce the temperature that is experienced. It may also help minimise the damage you have to come to terms with.
If you are at work the accident should also be recorded in your accident book. Alternatively, if the accident happens in a restaurant, takeaway or café, they should always have an accident book on-site. You should ensure the incident is recorded in a proper manner in the book. If you later decide to try and get mouth burn compensation there should be a record of what happened to help support your case.
How likely is it you would win mouth burn compensation?
It all depends on the individual situation. You should speak with a lawyer with experience in compensation cases to determine whether you have a reasonable chance of making a successful claim. It is fair enough to expect food and drink to be hot, but you wouldn’t expect it to be exceptionally hot.
If you think you might have a good case, find out for sure today by calling 0800 689 0500. This will put you through to the team at Accident Advice Helpline. By calling us you can find out whether you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim. You might be surprised by the answer once you have received the advice you are searching for.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead