Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on May 21, 2015 in Personal Injury News
You are out and about with your significant other or friends, enjoying a nice evening, when suddenly the wait staff spills hot coffee on you, creating a scalding burn. The pain will be immediate and it can be hard to think in the chaos which follows. With over 130 million Americans eating out daily, you can bet the restaurants know how to cover themselves from liability. Here is what you should do if you suffer a burn injury in a restaurant.
Hot plates, soup or coffee can all be culprits for burns and scalding. Food at 130 degrees or coffee at 140 degrees can actually result in third-degree burns within seconds of contact to your skin. Even lower-temperature burns can create awful pain and discomfort. The first thing you should do is soak the burn in cool water for a minimum of five minutes. This will help to reduce swelling and remove heat from the skin. Antibiotic ointments and aloe vera cream can also help to cool the burn and prevent infection. If possible, cover the area with a clean, dry gauze. Keep the coverage loose so that the skin can breathe.
Even if you think the burn is minor, you should not be afraid to seek medical attention. If the restaurant is liable for the burn, having medical records will help your case. Keep detailed records of your doctor's visits, including receipts for office examinations, prescriptions and other services.
Record the details of the accident as soon as possible in as much detail as you can remember. Talk to witnesses. Get names, numbers and statements and keep these in a file folder with your medical bills. Do not let the restaurant intimidate you against talking with other witnesses. Remember, they are trying to protect themselves, and you need to protect yourself.
You may be entitled to of damages from pain and suffering to medical bills and even lost wages, if the burn is severe enough that you cannot return to work for some time. If you require rehabilitation, this may also be covered. Never try to handle this situation yourself. The restaurant has powerful lawyers in their corner. You should as well. Calling a qualified Las Vegas personal injury attorney is the best thing you can do in case of a restaurant-related injury. A lawyer knows all of the complicated twists and turns of injury law and will know exactly how to deal with the restaurant and insurance companies.
You may be asked to sign waivers or other documents at the scene. Do not do this! If you do it can harm your ability to get compensation. If you feel pressured to sign any documents by the restaurant or insurance company, tell them that your attorney will be in touch. This will help to make sure that you are protecting your rights. If you have been injured due to an accident in a restaurant, we are here to help. Give us a call today and we will schedule a free consultation.