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How Much Compensation For Burn Injuries Or Scalded Caused By A Hot Drink?

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 9th April 2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming compensation for a burn from a hot drink. Hot liquids or steams cause scalds, which are also referred to as burn injuries. Such injuries can be incredibly distressing and upsetting. If you have suffered from a burn from hot tea and it was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. It is important that you get the payout you deserve for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

There are many different ways burns and scald injuries can occur, including negligence at coffee shops, as well as accidents at work. For more information regarding claiming compensation for a burn from hot tea, then read on. You can also call us on 0800 073 8804 to discuss any hot drink claims with a personal injury solicitor.

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A guide to accident claims for being scalded or a burn injury caused by a hot drink

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Hot Drink Burn Injuries

You have probably heard many stories about people that have been burnt in fast-food restaurants and coffee shops. After all, there have been documentaries about hot coffee burns, and there are the likes of McDonald’s hot coffee burn pictures on the Internet. It’s probably not something you have given much thought to until it happens to you.

If you have been scalded, whether at work, at school, or at home, and it was not your fault, you will be able to make a claim. This is something we have an abundance of experience in, and we can help you to secure the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. To find out more about these types of claims, including how to make hot drink claims for a burn from a hot drink and how much you will receive, simply read on.

What to do if you have a burn injury caused by a hot drink

Have you been scalded by hot drink in a hospital? Maybe you want compensation for burns at work? No matter what applies, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure you can secure compensation. This involves gathering evidence, but don’t panic if you cannot follow all of these steps – we will help you to build a strong case. Of course, the most important thing is to make sure you see a medical professional so that you can get treated for your injuries.

Once you have done this, we can then start thinking about making a claim. Firstly, you need to be able to prove that someone else is to blame for your injuries. If you suffered from a burn from hot tea on your hand, and you made the cup of tea in your own home, it is highly unlikely you will be able to secure compensation. After all, you cannot make a claim against yourself! However, if you can prove that someone else was to blame, for example, if your tongue scalded by a hot drink served to you in a café, you could have the basis for a claim.

It is also a good idea to get hot coffee burn pictures, as this will serve as evidence of the burns you experienced. You should take photographs over time, so you have proof of the persistence of the burns. Moreover, if anyone witnessed the incident, it is a good idea to get his or her contact details. Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case.

Finally, make sure you keep proof of any expenses you suffered as a direct consequence of your claim. You will be able to claim for these as ‘special damages’ – however, you will only be able to do so if you have proof. Common examples include loss of income, travel expenses, and counselling costs.

How to begin a burn injury caused by hot drink claim

If you want to make a burn injury claim after a burn from hot tea, all you need to do is give us a call. We will begin our service with a free consultancy session. This will give you the chance to ask questions, and we will also ask questions about your burn from a hot drink, so that we can give you a thorough overview of your case and the process entailed.

One of the great things about our service is that we work on a No Win No Fee basis, which you will discover more about below. Our customers are always at the heart of what we do, which is why we always aim to secure the maximum burn injury settlements amount, and we do so in the most efficient manner.

How many people suffer burn injuries in the UK?

Burn injuries are common in the UK. In fact, the British Burns Association has reported that roughly 250,000 people in the country experience burn injuries per year. Most of these injuries are thermal injuries, with scalds being the most common. And any could result in hot drink claims.

Burn injury caused by hot drink accident at work claims

Workers who use chemicals and heat liquids, as part of their job, will be at high risk of burn injuries. The same applies to those that are involved in the transportation of hot liquids. Burn injuries are also common in industrial sectors, as failing or bursting pipes can cause severe scalds. Commercial kitchens also pose a significant risk, as steam, boiling water, and hot cooking oil are often present within workplace accidents.

However, it does not matter whether you work in a high or low-risk industry, if you have been suffered a burn injury caused by a hot drink being spilt on you and it was not your fault, you have every right to claim compensation. From a hairdressing salon to a school, the environment itself is irrelevant. If you can show that health and safety procedures have not been followed or that someone has acted negligently, you will be able to launch a successful claim.

Have you been scalded at a café?

We can help you to make a scalded by hot drink in a café claim. This is something we have many years of experience in, and we have helped many personal injury victims with before. All you need to do is give us a call, and we will talk you through the process.

When visiting any business, it is their responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment. If they have failed to do so and you have suffered a burn from hot tea at a café due to negligence, you will be entitled to compensation.

How to claim for a scald burn or hot drink burn at a fast-food restaurant

If you want to make a claim following a burn from hot tea, or any other type of hot drink, which you were served at a fast-food restaurant, we can also assist. It does not matter what fast food place you were visiting; all that matters is that the burn from a hot drink was not your fault.

Have you been scalded at a restaurant?

Restaurants are supposed to provide you with an enjoyable dining experience. There is nothing enjoyable about trying to make a hot drink burn go down if someone has spilled a hot drink on you. We will ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

Burn injury caused by hot drink slip, trip, or fall claims

If someone has spilt a hot drink on you when they have slipped, tripped or fallen, or you have split a hot drink on yourself in a similar scenario, you can claim. In regards to the latter, you will need to show that someone else is to blame for you falling or slipping. This is something we can assist with should you decide to file any hot drink claims.

Burn injury caused by hot drink in a public place claim

We also have an abundance of experience when it comes to making a scalded by hot water claim that has occurred in a public place. All you need to do is give us a call, and we will put you in contact with an experienced burn injury lawyer from our team who will talk you through the entire process. This includes guidance on how you can prove a duty of care breach as the cause.

Most common fast food and coffee shops in the UK

Here is a list of some of the most common places where you can buy hot drinks in the UK:

  • Costa
  • KFC
  • Five Guys
  • Starbucks
  • McDonald’s
  • Subway
  • Burger King
  • Pret a Manger
  • Caffe Nero
  • Greggs
  • Sayers

If you have been injured by a burn from a hot drink at any of the places mentioned above, or any other coffee shop or fast food place in the UK, please do not hesitate to get in touch to make a claim.

Most popular hot drinks

Here is a list of the most popular hot drinks that can cause burns:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cappuccino
  • Caffe Mocha
  • Latte
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Camomile Tea
  • Green Tea

What can be claimed for after a burn injury caused by a hot drink?

You may have come across a burn compensation calculator online, which claims to tell you how much you will receive. It is important to note that 2nd-degree burn settlements and all other burn settlements differ considerably, depending on the ins and outs of the case. Therefore, it is impossible to determine how much you will receive exactly for a hot coffee burn first aid incident. However, we can tell you about what you can claim for:

  • General damages – This is the amount of money you will receive for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Care claim – This is money you will receive if you need help around the house due to your injuries.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Travel expenses.

My child was burned/scalded by a hot drink in a café/restaurant; can I claim for compensation?

There is nothing more devastating than when a child or baby scalded by hot coffee. If this has happened to your child or a child that you care for, you will be able to claim compensation on their behalf. We have plenty of experience in this area and can talk you through the process of filing hot drink claims.

The most common types of hot drink burn injuries

Although there are different ways that a burn from a hot drink can occur, the symptoms tend to be the same.

Common scald symptoms include:

  • Charred or white skin
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Peeling skin
  • Redness

In most cases, scalds are first-degree burns. This means that they impact the skin’s top layer. However, there are also a lot of second-degree cases, which is when the dermis and the epidermis, i.e. the deep layers of the skin, are damaged. Permanent nerve damage and scarring often occur as a result of the most severe scalds. How to treat hot drink burns or a burn from hot tea will depend on your injury’s severity.

Assessing the severity of a burn injury

It is often difficult to assess the severity of the burn injury a claimant has experienced, as it can be challenging to know how the burn injury is going to have an impact in the future. This is why

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Hot drink burn injury

it is important to undergo a medical examination. There is nothing to worry about. This is simply required so that the doctor can put together a medical report, which will be used to determine how much compensation you are entitled to. This is something that we can arrange for you if need be. It is a quick and simple examination, which will be carried out at no cost to you at a local medical centre.

How much compensation for burns caused by a hot drink accident or being scalded?

How much compensation will I get for a claim following a burn from hot tea? A lot of people get in touch with us to find out about burns compensation payouts, as they want to know how much money they will receive if they make a claim. While this is understandable, it is important to note that it is impossible to give you an accurate figure regarding how much compensation you will get. This is because every case is different, and there are many variables involved. However, what we can do is give you the average compensation for burns and related injuries. This will give you a good idea regarding what people typically receive for injuries similar to yours.

Type of injury Description Value
Trivial scarring The effect of the scarring is minor £1,600 - £3,310
Less significant scarring In this bracket, there might be one scar that can be covered or a number of small scars which are noticable but don't markedly affect appearance £3,710 - £12,900
Significant scarring Where the worst effects of the scarring can or have been reduced by plastic surgery and the long-term psychological impact is not great £8,550 - £28,240
Less severe scarring Where there's substantial disfigurement and a severe psychological impact £16,860 - £45,440
Very severe scarring Awarded where the claimant is young (usually teens to early 30s) and the cosmetic and psychological effects are severe £27,940 - £91,350

Sustaining a burn from hot tea FAQs

How do you treat a hot tea burn?

If you’ve suffered from a burn from hot tea or any other kind of hot drink, then the first thing you should do is cool the burn down. You may be tempted to use ice or cold water, but ice can actually damage the burned area further. You should use lukewarm or room temperature water and run it over the burn for 20 minutes. If there’s any clothing or jewellery near the site of the burn then this should be removed, but don’t take anything off that is stuck to the skin. The pain of the burn can be treated with ibuprofen and paracetamol. If you’ve burned your face, then sitting up as much as possible will help reduce the swelling.

At what point should I go to the doctor for a burn?

A lot of the time, a burn from hot tea is something you should be able to treat at home. You should be careful to keep the area clean and make sure that any blisters that form don’t burst. But in some cases, it’s necessary to seek medical attention for a burn from a hot drink. If your burn has caused blisters to your hands, feet, arms, legs, genitals or face then you should seek medical attention straight away. Any burn that’s larger than the injured person’s hand should be seen by a medical professional. If your burn has caused your skin to become white or charred, then you should seek medical attention no matter how big it is.

Can you sue someone for burning you?

You can, so long as you have clear evidence proving the defendant’s guilt.

How much is a burn worth?

Depending on the severity of the burn and the subsequent damage, payouts could range between £1,890 and £83,550.

Can you sue a restaurant for burning your mouth?

To do this, you should have medical treatment clarifying the injuries you’ve suffered after visiting the restaurant.

What happens if you burn yourself at work?

The same process applies, except that you should receive workers compensation benefits as you recover.

Can you sue for food being too hot?

This is a possibility, though only after receiving medical guidance on the extent of the damage.

Can you sue for hot coffee?

If the cup is unsuitable for usage and has contributed to the burn, then you could make a claim.

No Win No Fee burn injury caused by hot drink claims

One of the main benefits associated with using our service to make a hot drink burns claim is the fact that all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won’t need to pay legal fees if your case is not a success. This provides you with financial protection, as you know you will never find yourself in the dreaded position where you have a huge legal bill to pay yet you don’t have any compensation to cover it. Unfortunately, this can easily happen with other solicitors, as they may charge by the hour, and their prices might seem extortionate.

There are many knock-on benefits that are linked with our No Win No Fee payment structure. Not only does it provide you with a significant degree of financial protection, but also it reassures you that we will only take on your case if it has a genuine chance of compensation. You can also be certain that we will do all in our power to secure compensation for you.

Why choose us as your claims service for being scalded or a burn injury caused by a hot drink?

There are many benefits associated with using our service if you have been scalded or suffered a burn injury and you want to make a claim. We have an abundance of experience in the industry, and we have handled many claims of this type before. So you can be certain that we have the experience to provide you with the best service.

We also provide ourselves on our customer-centric approach. We always put your needs first, and we genuinely care about the outcome of your case. We know that you are going through a difficult enough time as it is, and we certainly don’t want to add to the stress and frustrations you are experiencing. This is why we will do all in our power to handle your case in the most efficient manner possible. We also always aim to secure the maximum burn claim amounts every time.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

Whether you have been scalded by a hot drink in school or you have suffered a hot drink burn on airplane, you can count on us to help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your hot drink claims. All you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to a friendly and professional member of our team, who will be more than happy to assist you in any way they can. We will answer your queries and talk you through the claim process fully.

Helpful links

NHS guide to burns and scalds- treatment, recovery and prevention 

HSE- scalding and burns in health and social care 

Our guide to claiming compensation for a burn injury 

How much compensation could you claim after being injured at a restaurant? 

No Win No Fee Claims- a helpful guide 

The British Burns Association 

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