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03 October 2016
A chef received a four-figure settlement following an accident at work involving boiling water that left him with significant scarring.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Donna Hulley is a litigation executive and personal injury lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.
Settlement: Four-figure sum.
What Happened: Our client worked as a chef in a restaurant. A cleaner had left a bucket of boiling water behind the door to the kitchen and when our client opened the door, he knocked over the bucket sustaining burns to his foot.
Impact: The client was left with significant scarring.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: The defendant denied liability and alleged that our client was responsible for his own misfortune by opening the door and that he should not have been entering the kitchen at that time. We argued the fact that it was foreseeable that a door would be opened and that it was dangerous and indeed negligent to leave a bucket of boiling hot water behind it.
We obtained medical evidence in support of our client’s injuries, despite liability continuing to be denied, and issued court proceedings. Prior to the trial commencing, the defendant made an offer to settle the case, which our client accepted.
Decision: Four-figure settlement.
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