Deli counters can sometimes be a life saver. An inadequate lunch break can mean being under a lot of with pressure with very little time to cook a hot meal. Delicious, gourmet meals pre-prepared and ready to go can be one of life’s little luxuries.
However, a burn received from produce that has been overheated or packed without adequate insulated packaging can do more than just ruin your day and can also result in a burn.
Can I really suffer a burn from hot produce from a supermarket?
Unfortunately the answer is yes. The methods used to reheat food and ensure a speedy service mean that the produce can be very hot. The warning label “Caution: Contents may be hot,” is something most of us are familiar with. We see it on most disposable coffee cups, aluminium containers and polystyrene dishes.
Perhaps the most famous incident of a burn from hot supermarket produce was the case of Liebeck v McDonald’s restaurants. In 1994 Ms Liebeck suffered third degree burns from a cup of coffee that spilt on to her lap. The coffee was over 80°c. Ms Liebeck was successful in her claim for damages against McDonald’s and paved the way for other litigants who had suffered serious burns as a result of overly hot produce from a supermarket or fast food restaurant.
What is a third-degree burn?
A burn can be major or minor, and its severity is measured by its depth. First-degree burns are the least serious and involve only the top layer of skin. Second-degree burns penetrate the deeper layers, and are a lot more painful than first-degree burns. Third-degree burns are very severe and must be treated by a doctor.
If you’ve suffered a burn as a result of hot produce from a supermarket within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible for compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline we provide friendly and professional advice.
With over a decade of experience in providing compensation on a 100 per cent no win no fee* basis. Our agents are available 24/7 to take your calls. Call us today to find out more.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown