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Compensation for girl scarred by takeaway tea

Compensation for girl scarred by takeaway tea

A young girl has been awarded £75,000 after she was scalded by a cup of tea.

She was carrying it under her arm when it burst open leaving her seriously injured at the age of 12.

Demi Mooney was 12 at the time of the incident. She has been left with permanent scars to her arm.

As reported on The Sun website, Demi is now 16.

Failed in their duty – no tray

Her mother brought a claim against Starbucks claiming that the staff failed in their duty of care to Demi by failing to provide a tray.

She carried a coffee in her left hand, a cookie in her right and held the tea between her elbow and ribs as she headed to the table her grandmother was seated at.

Rushed to hospital

Demi was rushed to a children’s hospital following initial first aid from a doctor and nurse who were in the cafe.

As a result of her injuries, Demi has undergone many treatments at the Plastics Clinic and in occupational therapy.

Her consultant has stated that further treatment to the permanent scars risk making the scars look worse.

Fears bullying

Demi fears that she will be picked on about her scars. She now feels only able to wear long sleeve tops.

Offer made

Starbucks offered 85,000 Euro (£75,880). It was approved by Mr Justice Simons.

Vicki Wright, personal injury solicitor at Swain & Co comments on this news. She says,

“It is good to see the defendant take responsibility and offer a sensible settlement. It will not take away the pain and suffering, and permanent scars that this young girl has and will continue to face. But it acknowledges that there was fault of the Dublin branch. We can only hope that the chain as a whole has learned through this.”


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