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Student Settles Injury at Work Compensation with Chinese Restaurant

Posted on: December 8th, 2018

A student who was burned by hot oil, when he unknowingly sat on a bucket of freshly discarded bucket of it, has settled his an injury at work compensation against the Chinese takeaway he worked at the High Court action.

The 29-year-old man, Umesh Maharjan, sustained major burns injuries when the oil splashed on his back and arm, Justice Michael Hanna was advised in the High Court. Mr Maharjan had to deal with significant pain and has been left with “grossly disfiguring” wounds due to the accident at the restaurant he was employed at in Co Wicklow.

A Fine Arts student, Mr Maharjan is originally from Kathmandu in Nepal and was working at the Rathnew Chinese Takeaway in Co Wicklow in order to finance his time in university. He is now living at the Dock Road, Limerick, and filed his Takeaway Injury Compensation action against Rathnew Restaurant and Takeaway Ltd in relation to the accident that took place on August 21, 2015.

Mr Maharjan’s legal team told Justice Hanna that he (Umesh) was taking a break outside the back of the Chinese takeaway where plastic buckets were stored. One of his colleagues had put a bucket full of hot cooking oil from a deep-fat fryer in the vicinity. Unfortunately, Mr Maharjan sat on top of the bucket in question and the lid shifted resulting in him falling  backwards and the oil spilling along his back and over his left arm.

The other people working at the Chinese restaurant came to his aid and applied water to the parts of his body that were burned before taking him to hospital. Sadly, Mr Maharjan suffered injuries and significant burns that will leave him carrying scars and wounds for the remainder of his life.

Justice Michael Hanna was told that liability had been withdrawn and the case in question was before the court for assessment of damages only due to the fact that legal representatives for both parties had agreed on a settlement and the case could be now be dismissed.



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