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Boiling Water Burns

Mr De S from Brazil was working in the kitchen of a pub as a trainee chef. Whilst he was working on the day of the accident a waitress noticed that the hot water machine which was always on was bubbling over. She asked Mr De S to help her empty some of the water out. Our client assumed the safety device to keep the lid on was in place, but as he moved the pan it slipped and emptied its contents all over our client's lap, legs and his right arm. He attempted to remove some of his clothing and put cold water on the burns but had limited success. An ambulance crew attended the scene of the accident and gave him first aid.

He was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hopsital and was treated for seven hours in the burns unit.

Mr De S was discharged but could not leave his home for 14 days due to the pain and being advised to keep the burns out of direct sunlight. The pain caused him to lose sleep on a regular basis.

We obtained medical evidence that confirmed our client had suffered first degree to superficial burns affecting the whole of his right thigh, patches on the front of his left thigh, patches around his left knee and upper shin, the right elbow and forearm and an area above his waist. The burns initially covered 8% of his body but most healed, leaving him with only 1% of permanent scarring. He was expected to make a full recovery from the burns approximately 18 months after the accident.

We negotiated a settlement of £5,000 for Mr De S and his legal costs were paid in addition to his compensation.

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