You’d expect a meal out at a restaurant to be an enjoyable experience, wouldn’t you? Maybe you’re heading out for a birthday celebration, or another special occasion, or maybe even to celebrate getting a new job. You certainly wouldn’t expect to end the occasion being treated for burns.
Thankfully, most of us will only ever consider this to be something that may occasionally – and rarely – happen to someone else. It would be very rare for something like this to occur, but if it did, you could potentially be in a lot of pain, and possibly even be left with scars.
How could you get burnt in a restaurant?
Obviously, you’d expect your food to arrive hot and ready to eat, instead of lukewarm and potentially even cold. Warm plates can help keep the food hot, but they shouldn’t be burning. If the waiter or waitress suspects they are very hot, they should at least warn you not to touch them.
Even if you are very careful, a member of staff could drop the plate of food as it reaches you, dropping all the hot food and sauces on your skin. As you can imagine, this can be very painful indeed and result in injuries that could need medical attention. While being burnt in a restaurant is a rarity, when it does happen it can potentially lead to nasty injuries that can take a while to recover from.
Can we be of assistance?
If you want to know whether your burns could warrant a compensation claim to be made, the best way to find out for sure is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. There are two ways you can do this. Firstly, you might like to take our 30-second test, provided free of charge on our website. Secondly, you may simply like to call us on our free enquiry line, on 0800 689 0500. If you decide to go down this route, one of our friendly advisors can take note of what happened to you and work out whether a claim could be a possibility.
When you have been injured, you have a right to find out whether a compensation claim could be possible to make. If so, our advisors might be able to connect you with a lawyer who has previous experience and success in this field, if they can help.
Date Published: March 6, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead