(Closed) Hen (batchelorette) party accident, Trip to A and E. Advice, please?

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

OK I see from past posts you’re in the UK.

That’s awful and I hope you’re feeling well soon. I think you have a case to sue. There are law firms who sue on a “no win, no fee” basis. It’s not about greedily going for the money – there’s genuine pain and perhaps loss of work and from what you describe I think a modest payout would be fair. By The Way a reputable restaurant will have public liability insurance, so you won’t send broke the waitress or the cafe.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

At the end of the day that would have caused a LOT more pain and damage to the baby should you have not managed to cover it.

Im usually against court cases for things that arent exactly nessicary… however in your case I think you should just for the sake of what could have happened to that poor baby!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yeah, I’m usually against suing for minor issues, but not only did they cause you some serious injury (burns are no laughing matter!), it doesn’t sound as if they offered medical assistance until you guys were in the bathroom trying to help yourselves – which is really shitty. Then, on top of that, they still charged you for your meal.

I hate the idea of suing or getting solicitors involved, but it seems as though you’ve genuinely experienced physical and emotional hurt from this incident.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d sue the crap out of those idiots. What if that coffee had fallen on the baby’s head instead? It surely would have burned it quite badly. 

Also, what is a “hen”..??

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would fed finitely contact a solicitor or an advice burea to ask for their advice on the situation. I am sure you would be inline for some compensation based on what happened. I hope you aren’t in too much painl

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PinkMermaid:  “what is a “hen”..??” – “Hens’ night” – that’s what we call a bachelorette party in UK and Australia.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@paula1248:  Oh interesting! I had no idea. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@paula1248: 

@PinkMermaid:  

In the US they call them “hen” nights too.  I’ve heard them called that here when it’s just women getting togther for drinks/dinner/a night out/bachlorette parties/etc…  as in “no men!” or no roosters (hen and rooster are both chickens, female and male respectively).  I’m always interested and amused by language!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am so sorry this happened to you. I am guessing the baby is ok. I would suggest you go for a consult with a solicitor because you do not know what health issues may arise from it in the future. I do not know what medical coverage is like in your country however if this causes you any kind of problems down the line and you need several surgeries or develop an infection of any kind you will need to take that into consideration. Your medical costs at minimum should be covered by the place of business. I realize it wasn’t intentional however you have been seriously injured and deserve to be compensated in some way. And as for ruining your hen party I am sure your friends are far more concerned about your health 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

So sorry to hear about your nightmare of an experience. I can’t imagine how awful it must have been going from being excited about a special day to being burnt. Even though they attempted to render first aid, it seems as though they have handled the whole situation really badly. Has a manager or owner contacted you since? Why did they rush you out? I really do think in this situation you should seek legal representation.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

I worked as a waitress for years throughout college,, and I would fully expect a customer to sue, and we definitely wouldn’t have charged you. They didn’t do anything compassionate for you (helping right away, covering the meal), so I think they need to learn a lesson. Plus, the trouble you went through and the pin deserves acknowledgement. Plus, you should get money for the meal at least!

I’m sorry this happened to you. Quick thinking on your part, and great instincts!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Uhhhhh how is the baby?! Sounds like you saved the day there!

And yes, you should sue for medical expenses. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

No win no fee time!

Seriously. I’m not one for frivalous lawsuits, but a few years ago I was hit by another driver and suffered whiplash. I’m not one to complain, so I never went to A and E and didn’t report it as an injury…. then I find out that the driver of the car was uninsured, gave me false information, and then tried to give false information to the police when they chased her up! Boy, I wish I’d have taken her for every penny she had… especially since I lost my no claims bonus on my car, and my insurance excess, and had to pay excess premiums for 5 years afterwards as a result (it’s very tough to privately sue people for damage to property in the UK… injury is another matter).

Sue them! Their insurance will cover it. Get on the bandwagon!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@SnurfMurph86:  She won’t have any medical expenses because healthcare is free in the UK. However, she can sue for punitive damages.

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