Hot drinks are the number one reason for scald injuries in young children. In Ireland, approximately one in eight children who visit a hospital due to a scald from a kettle or hot drink, are admitted for five days or more, and where the scald has been sustained in a public place due to negligence in, say, a restaurant or hotel, you are entitled to make a scald by hot drink injury compensation claim. Adults too suffer scalds by hot drinks due to hot tea urns not being properly monitored or supervised, and the consequences to both child and adult can be painful and long-lasting.
If you or your child has been scalded by a hot drink, the first thing you should do is to run the burnt area under cool (but not freezing) running water for ten minutes until the burning sensation subsides and wrap the affected area in a sterile dressing – but not too tightly. Go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital and explain what has happened and ensure that proper medical attention is administered.
Thereafter, return to the establishment where the incident took place and make sure that a record of the scald by hot drink accident is noted in their “Accident Report Book”. Once this is done – and you have a copy of both the medical notes and the entry in the “Accident Report Book – you should speak with a specialised personal injury claims solicitor about making a scald by hot drink injury compensation claim.
Making a Scald by Hot Drink Injury Compensation Claim
When you are claiming scald by hot drink injury compensation, a number of potential obstacles stand in the way. Predominantly, a retail establishment may claim that there was adequate warning to advise customers of a potential hazard and deny liability for your scald by hot drink injury claim. This is especially true when young children are involved, and the establishment could claim that the child contributed to their injuries by their actions and they are not prepared to pay the full amount of scald by hot drink injury compensation. The Injuries Board Ireland will decline to enter into disputes of this nature, and will issue you with an authorisation to pursue your scald by hot drink injury compensation claim through the court system.
All applications for scald by hot drink injury compensation are going to have to include a factor to cover future treatment of the injury, and if this involves travelling to and from the hospital when you are unable to drive because your hand is in a bandage, it will also mean that you are able to claim for additional travel expenses. Again, if you have to take time off from work to take a child who has sustained a scald by hot drink injury to and from hospital, this is another element of your scald by hot drink injury compensation claim that has to be taken into account, and a further reason why it is always in your best interests to seek professional legal advice from an experienced personal injury claims solicitor.
Free Scald Injury Compensation Advice
If you would like to know more about making a claim for scald by hot drink injury compensation, you are invited to call our free scald injury compensation advice service. This service is manned by experienced personal injury claims solicitors who have experience in assisting with claims for scald by hot drink injury compensation and can answer any questions you have on the subject. Our lawyers will also be able to provide helpful and practical advice on the subject, with no obligation on you to proceed with a scald by hot drink compensation claim once you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect?
Our solicitors have over 20 years of experience in helping people make personal injury claims for compensation, and will understand the physical trauma you or your child has suffered when being scalded by a hot drink. They will also be considerate of concerns you may have about permanent scarring and the anger you feel about how an accident could be allowed to happen.
We will ask you to explain to us how the accident occurred, what injuries were sustained and how they were treated. We would also like to know who you hold responsible for the scald by hot drink injury and why. This will help us determine whether you have a scald by hot drink injury compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue.
Depending on the information we have available, we may be able to advise you of the compensation amount for a scald by hot drink injury claim we would expect you to receive and the length of time your claim may take to process. In some cases, the negligent party may be prepared to negotiate on an early settlement to save the necessity of you or your child undergoing a further medical examination to determine the extent of the injuries.
Obviously, there is quite a lot to take in, so we conclude each initial conversation with a summary of what we have discussed and ensure that all of your questions are answered. We will often give you a list of options, which you are under no obligation to act on, and may prefer a little time to consider or discuss with other family members.
Your next step however, should be to give our free scald injury compensation advice line a call. Our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm seven days a week. If it is not a suitable time to speak with us right now, please leave your contact details in our call-back form below, and one of our team will get back in touch with you at a more convenient time.