Scalded by Hot Coffee in Starbucks
I recently bought a drink in Starbucks which resulted in a severe scalding to my mouth after it was reheated in a microwave, is it possible to claim compensation after being scalded by hot coffee in Starbucks?
If you have been the victim of the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to make a claim for being scalded by hot coffee in Starbucks. The temperature at which your drink was served should have been warm enough to enjoy, but cool enough so that you would not sustain an injury. As your drink was reheated in a microwave, it must be considered whether the drink was dangerously superheated, meaning that the middle of the drink was much hotter than at the top or bottom. This can even be hotter than the drink’s boiling point, and if disturbed the steam of the drink can cause serious scalds.
Your eligibility to claim for being scalded by hot coffee in Starbucks may be helped further if after your drink was reheated, it was not stirred. Your entitlement to compensation for scalding in Starbucks can also be determined by whether your burn happened as a result of dangerous overheating, caused by the negligence of Starbucks. The failure to take appropriate measures to prevent your injury from occurring will make them liable for your compensation claim, which can be received from their insurers.
It is vital to receive immediate medical attention after your accident, as it can help determine liability for Starbucks scalding injury. Your condition will then be noted in your medical records, which can be used as evidence to support the fact that your scalding resulted in an injury. Once you have received professional medical attention, you should consult a personal injury solicitor in order to assess your claim and determine whether a claim for compensation should be initiated.
Your solicitor can also discuss with you the compensation amount to which you may be liable. This will be determined by the severity of the injury, the expenses you have incurred as a direct result of your accident, any amenity you have lost because of your injury and any psychological damage which was sustained (and can be verified by a psychiatrist).
This figure will be useful should you receive an unsolicited offer of compensation from Starbucks’ insurers. While the offer may seem tempting, it is important to note that it is often made with the intention of saving money for the insurance company. For this reason, there is a danger of being undercompensated and a solicitor should be consulted before accepting or rejecting any such offer. A solicitor can also answer any questions you may have if you wish to claim for being scalded by hot coffee in Starbucks.