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How Much Compensation Can i Claim For A Starbucks Accident?

If you have had a Starbucks accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Legal Expert can help you with your claim on a no win, no fee basis.

A Guide To Starbucks Accident Claims

Whether you had a Starbucks accident in one of its stores or going through a Starbucks drive-through, Legal Expert can help you make a compensation claim for your accident at Starbucks. There are currently 11,913 Starbucks outlets worldwide. Furthermore, Starbucks plans to open an additional 12,000 stores across the world by the year 2021, potentially creating more than 240,000 jobs.

Starbucks is responsible for the well-being of their staff and customers while they are on their premises. Accidents, illnesses and injuries are suffered in coffee shops, often due to the crowded environments that have stemmed from their rapidly increasing popularity.

Insufficient space to manoeuvre around a store can result in a Starbucks accident. Slippery floors, hot food and drinks, and under-trained staff can all cause significant injuries to both customers and staff alike.

If you have suffered a Starbucks accident, the establishment owner will likely be guilty of neglecting their duty of care. Should the owner have not taken reasonable measures to apply appropriate safeguards to their coffee shop, they will be held accountable and be liable to compensate for any injuries and financial losses you have suffered as a result.

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Starbucks Injury Claims For Compensation

The Starbucks brand operates as a franchise, which means that each outlet is bought and operated by individuals and smaller companies. If you suffer an accident at Starbucks, it is the individual or company that owns the outlet who is liable to pay compensation, as opposed to the Starbucks brand itself. Each individual franchise owner or smaller company is responsible for their customers and staff and are legally bound to create and maintain a safe environment. They are required to be covered by a Starbucks injury policy so that they are able to pay compensation for a Starbucks work-related injury or any injuries inflicted on customers.

There are countless potential hazards in coffee shops that could result in an injury at Starbucks. Some examples include broken floors and furniture, wet floors, hot food and drinks and hot kitchen equipment. Regardless of the type of Starbucks accident you have suffered, the owner is liable because of their legally-bound duty of care.

Should a Starbucks owner fail to meet the required health and safety standards and take every reasonable precaution to remove or eliminate potential dangers, they will be held accountable for their negligence. Negligence can include insufficient staff training, failing to fix or remove broken furniture or appliances and failing to place appropriate signage throughout the shop, car park and drive-through area.

If you have suffered a Starbucks accident due to negligence, we can provide you with free advice about whether you are eligible for a Starbucks injury claim and how to proceed. Call us today for your free consultation.

What Are The Main Types Of Accidents At Starbucks?

We have successfully represented many claimants of compensation for a wide variety of accidents. The main types of Starbucks accidents Include:

Wet floors: Whether a wet floor is a result of mopping, a spilt drink, leaking appliances, or outside weather conditions, it is a potential hazard that needs rectifying.

Burn injuries: Burn injuries can be caused by hot food and drinks, and hot kitchen appliances. An owner is responsible for providing sufficient staff training to ensure that staff are cooking food correctly and not selling products that are too hot to consume.

Food Poisoning: In relation to staff training, food poisoning can occur when food is undercooked or not stored in the correct way. Equally, food needs to be sourced from a reputable manufacturer to ensure it is of sufficient quality for consumers.

Injuries from broken or damaged seating: Broken, damaged or weak seats can all result in an injury at Starbucks. Faulty seats can lead to falls. If there are broken and sharp edges on a seat, they could cause cuts and lacerations.

Toilets: Broken toilets are hazardous because they could cause a customer or employee to fall. If a toilet is leaking water, the floor will be slippery and could cause a Starbucks work-related injury or a customer injury.

There are numerous forms of Starbucks accidents that could entitle you, as either a customer or employee, to Starbucks injury claim. If you would like more advice, please call us for more information.

Do I Qualify For A Starbucks Accident Claim?

Starbucks is commonly known for its busy, crowded atmosphere, with typically hundreds of visitors daily. High volumes of customers in a small coffee shop can contribute to potential dangers. You could find yourself tripping over a chair, being spilt with hot coffee or slipping on a mopped floor. While more customers is a positive accomplishment for a Starbucks owner, more staff and more space will be required to cater to more customers and to maintain a safe environment.

If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for a Starbucks accident claim, consider the safeguards that were in place. Would the accident have been avoided if the owner had done something differently? In order to qualify for a compensation claim, the owner must have neglected his duty of providing a safe environment and failed to take sufficient and reasonable measures to do so.

If a member of staff contributed to your accident, injury or illness, they may be guilty of contributory negligence. However, staff members are not typically liable for paying compensation as the owner is responsible for all of his or her employees, for how well they are trained and how safely and sufficiently they perform their required tasks. Therefore, negligence of an employee is generally negligence of the owner. A Starbucks injury policy will also cover any accidents that are deemed contributory negligence.

Burned By A Hot Drink At Starbucks

You can make a Starbucks accident claim for a Starbucks burnt coffee injury. There was a recent report involving a woman in Denver, Colorado, who claimed that her dog was killed from burn injuries caused by hot tea from Starbucks. She reported that her cup was so hot that she dropped it and it spilt over her and her dog. The woman also claimed that there was no protective sleeve on the cup.

Starbucks has disputed the claims and denied responsibility for the fatal accident saying, “We have video evidence that clearly contradicts the claims made by the plaintiff and believe they are without merit.”

The woman allegedly required skin grafts after her burn injury. Skin grafts are procedures whereby skin is taken from an area of the body and attached to the badly burned area. They are a common surgical procedure for serious burns and are grounds for pursuing a Starbucks coffee burn lawsuit.

Most coffee shops now put cardboard sleeves and warning labels on their cups of hot beverages in an attempt to avoid a Starbucks customer burn injury, but they still happen.

The NHS has some useful advice for those who have suffered a burn injury. They recommend:

  • Applying cool water to the burn
  • Removing clothing if it’s not stuck to the skin
  • Using a blanket to keep warm
  • Covering the burn with cling film
  • Taking painkillers

If your Starbucks burnt coffee injury is larger than the size of your hand the NHS recommend going to A&E for medical attention.

Whether you are a Starbucks customer or an employee burned at Starbucks, you can proceed with your Starbucks coffee burn lawsuit once you have had your burn treated and received a prognosis from a medical professional,

Burned By Hot Food At Starbucks

Both customers and staff of Starbucks can suffer Starbucks accidents from hot food, including grease and oil. Deep fat fryers contain large quantities of oil that typically reach 160-190 degrees Celsius. Temperatures of this height will cause significant damage if it comes into contact with the skin.

A cook working in a Manchester fast food restaurant recently suffered extensive burns from oil from a fryer. He slipped in the kitchen and made an instinctive attempt to stop himself falling by reaching out and grabbing the fryer, pouring the contents of 35 litres of hot oil over himself. He, along with another employee who was trying to assist him, suffered extensive burns and both employees needed skin grafts. The Manchester Fast Food outlet was ordered by the courts to pay £16,000 in damages and was fined £60,000.

Consuming hot food can lead to burns of the mouth and throat and should not be overlooked or taken lightly, particularly if they were caused by the negligence of a business owner. If A Starbucks customer burns themselves on hot food, they will be eligible to make a compensation claim. Equally, an employee may suffer a Starbucks workplace injury by consuming the hot food and would be just as entitled to compensation.

If you have suffered burns from your Starbucks accident, whether you are an employee burned at Starbucks or a customer, seek medical advice and treatment before pursuing a Starbucks accident claim.

Slip, Trip And Fall Accident At Starbucks

Slips, trips and falls can lead to significant damage to customers and employees of Starbucks. Hazards that put people at risk of falling, risk injury to the individual falling as well as others around them, who may be carrying hot food and drinks.

Kitchen areas contain the most potential for significant Starbucks work-related injury and harm, making employees the most vulnerable and at risk. A kitchen is an area where hot food and drinks are prepared and contain electrical kitchen appliances, at risk of leaking water.

A sixteen-year-old girl suffered serious burns while at work after slipping on water that was leaking from an ice machine. The girl instinctively put her hand out in an attempt to stop herself falling and fried her arm in oil that was 360 degrees Fahrenheit. HSE reported that even though it was company policy to clean up spills straight away, the staff would often avoid this during busy times and cover the spills with cardboard. They were understaffed this particular day and prioritised serving customers over mopping the water.

The company was fined £15,000 and have since reviewed its health and safety standards.

Leaking appliances should be fixed promptly and spills need to be mopped straight away to avoid a Starbucks employee injury. Wet floor signs are a requirement to warn others of the potential danger of slipping.

If you have had a slip, trip or fall Starbucks accident, call us today and speak to one of our friendly team members.

Starbucks Health And Safety Considerations

Starbucks owners are legally bound to follow the health and safety standards of the Liability Act Of 1957. They are required to prioritise removing any potential hazards and take all reasonable steps to consistently maintain a safe environment. Steps include ensuring:

Broken floors, equipment, appliances and furniture are fixed or removed
Spills or leaks are mopped or cleaned
Food and drinks are sourced, cooked, prepared and stored appropriately
Staff are adequately trained and fulfilling their required duties sufficiently
Wet floor signs are used where appropriate
Other signs are used where appropriate, such as in car parks or drive-throughs
They are not understaffed

If an owner does not comply with these guidelines to their full extent they will be liable to pay compensation for any accidents that are caused through their negligence.

Starbucks Barista Injuries

Baristas are at particular risk of a Starbucks workplace injury as they work with hot food appliances and hot coffee machines. When they have not undergone sufficient training to work with such equipment, they will be at higher risk of accidents and injuries.

Starbucks coffee shops are known for their busy atmospheres, and they can get over-crowded at peak times. Being understaffed, stressed and rushing to handle large volumes of customer orders are all contributing factors to potential Starbucks accidents. With higher volumes of customers, there need to be higher volumes of staff to handle orders safely and efficiently.

If you are a Starbucks barista and have suffered a Starbucks employee injury at work, we can assist you with your compensation claim.

Common Food Preparation Injuries At Starbucks

When staff have not undergone proper training for food preparation, accidents and injuries can happen. Using sharp knives can cause cuts and lacerations, and using hot kitchen appliances like grills and sandwich machines can cause burns. When food or drink items are spilt on the kitchen floor and are not cleaned up, there is potential for slips to happen. Kitchens should be kept clean and tidy, with clutter kept to a minimum.

Illness Caused By Food Poisoning Or Substandard Food And Drink

You are able to make a Starbucks accident claim for any illness you contract through consuming food and drinks from the outlet. Food poisoning can be caused by undercooked or incorrectly stored food and beverages.

At busy periods when employees are rushing around to complete orders and serve customers, some staff may take shortcuts in order to accommodate the high volume of customers. Proper training is needed so that they are more able to cope with these situations, without having to compromise on important health and safety standards.

Starbucks owners are responsible for providing training and a sufficient number of staff to effectively maintain a healthy and safe environment.

You can read about the Food Law Code Of Practice here.

What Can I Claim For After An Accident?

Starbucks owners are responsible for any injuries caused on their premises. Their premises includes entrances, car parks and drive-throughs. You can make a Starbucks accident claim for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and future earnings, medical costs and other expenses you may have as a result of your Starbucks accident.

No Win, No Fee Starbucks Accident Claims

Also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA), no win, no fee compensation claims eliminate the problem that some may have with paying legal fees. They are a legal contract between an individual who wants to make a compensation claim and their solicitor. The contract states that the claimant will not be required to pay any legal fees until their case is over and won.

CFA’s effectively take away the financial pressure that commonly comes with making a claim for compensation, allowing even those with limited financial resources to pursue the compensation they are eligible for. What’s more, if you lose your case, you won’t have any legal fees to pay at all.

We offer a valuable no win, no fee service for all of our clients who want to claim compensation for an accident that wasn’t their fault. Call us today for your free consultation.

How Much Can I Claim After A Starbucks Injury?

As no two claim cases are the same, the amount of compensation you can claim after a Starbucks accident will vary. It will depend on the type of injury you have sustained, how it affects your daily life, and how long it will likely affect you for and to what extent.

Here is a table to provide you with a guide as to how much you can expect for each specific injury:

Type of injury Severity
Potential compensation
Description of injury
Foot InjuryMildUp to £10 450
A minor injury, such as a fracture lacerations. The higher amount may be rewarded for mild permanent injuries, such as a limp.
Foot InjuryModerate£10,450 - £19,000
There could be more complicated fractures and the strong possibility of future surgery or complications.
Foot InjurySerious£19,000 - £29,800Accident victim will either have arthritis or will be likely to develop in it in the future. They will likely have long-term pain and probably future complications.
Foot InjurySevere£31,900 - £53,200
The victim will likely be in considerable pain long-term. There will be damage to both of the victim's feet and mobility will be a problem. Extensive future surgery is probable.
Knee InjuryModerate£11 275 - £19 000There victim will probably be in pain. The injury will likely be dislocation or a torn cartilage. There may be possible future complications but they will be mild.
Knee InjurySevere£19 900 - £73 125Victim will have considerable damage and long-term pain. There will be future complications and probably loss of function.
Leg InjuryModerate£21 100 - £29 800
Victim will have limited function and probable risk of future surgery. Their life will be significantly impaired.
Leg InjurySevere£73 150 - £103 250
Victim will need complicated procedures such as degloving and bone grafting of the leg.
Hand InjuryMild£700 - £3300
There will be mild short term damage, usually for less than three months. There may be a temporary loss of function.
Hand InjuryModerate£4100 - £10 000
Function will be significantly reduced for longer.
Hand InjurySevere£22 050 - £47 050Includes amputation and clawed hand as a result of damage or of surgery. Functionality will be reduced to just 50%.
Head InjuryMinor£1675 - £9700There will be no brain damage. There may be mild short-term head trauma.
Head InjuryModerate£32 725 - £166 500There will be brain damage and impaired senses and/or speech. Memory could have been effected.

To get a more detailed idea about how much compensation you could potentially claim, give us a call and discuss your Starbucks accidents with a member of our friendly and expert team.

What Should You Do After A Starbucks Accident?

Documenting your accident or injury is an important aspect of a compensation claim. It will contribute as evidence to back up your claims of negligence on the part of a business owner.

After suffering a Starbucks accident, you should take photographs clearly showing your injury. Seek medical advice as soon as possible to get treatment and a prognosis, making sure you ask for this in writing.

Keep a record book explaining how you were injured in as much detail as possible as well as what type of injury you sustained. Explain how the injury has affected your life and take note of any resulting expenses.

Don’t hesitate to call us to begin your claim. Injury compensation claims are best pursued as soon as possible after an accident or illness.

Why Choose Us For Your Starbucks Accident Claim?

We are expert solicitors who’s expertise has helped people from all over the country to claim compensation. We have many years experience in the industry and our extensive legal knowledge puts us among the best solicitors in the UK.

We have worked both with and against some of the country’s most well-known insurance companies and have successfully claimed compensation from some of the biggest businesses in the UK.

We are the very best at knowing and applying the most effective tactics when it comes to claiming compensation and know how far a given insurance company will go to settle a claim.

We are ready to pursue your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. We will make sure that you receive full reimbursement of any costs that you have incurred as a result of your Starbucks accident and we will do it all on a no win, no fee basis. You will not pay anything until your case is over and won.

Call Us For Free Advice And To Start Your Claim

Legal Expert solicitors are here to help you begin your compensation claim right away. Whether you have suffered an accident, injury or illness as an employee or a customer, you will be treated with respect and advised about your entitlement.

Pick up the phone today and begin your compensation claim. You can call us on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you can chat with one of our friendly team through the chat box on our site. We look forward to assisting you.

Useful Links

Our No Win No Fee Page

Read more about our no win, no fee policy.

Compensation Claims For Slips, Trips And Falls

Have you suffered a slip, trip or fall at Starbucks? Find out more about claiming the compensation you deserve.

Burnt By A Hot Drink

Find out more about claiming compensation after being burnt by a hot drink.

NHS Burns And Scalds

The NHS give free and practical advice about treating a burn injury.

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