Hot oil left ‘disfiguring’ scars
A student working in a takeaway suffered devastating burn injuries when he sat on a bucket containing freshly discarded hot cooking oil and the oil splashed on his back and arm, the High Court has heard.
Fine Arts student Umesh Maharjan, his counsel Declan Doyle SC told the court, was in excruciating unbearable pain and has been left with “grossly disfiguring” scars.
Mr Maharjan, who is originally from Kathmandu in Nepal, was working in the takeaway to finance his degree when the accident happened three years ago.
Mr Doyle told the court the student was taking a break at the back of the Rathnew Chinese Takeaway in Rathnew, Co Wicklow, where plastic buckets were kept and where staff went for a break.
Mr Doyle said that somebody had put hot cooking oil from a deep fat fryer in a bucket and when Mr Maharjan sat on it, the lid gave way and he collapsed back and the oil spilled over his back and left arm.
Counsel said the student suffered life-changing and devastating injuries and had very extensive burns. Colleagues, he said, put water and some ice on the affected areas and Mr Maharjan was taken to hospital.
Mr Maharjan, aged 29, of Windmill House, Dock Rd, Limerick, had sued Rathnew Restaurant and Takeaway Ltd with offices at Rockville House, Rathnew, the operators of Rathnew Chinese Takeaway, as a result of the accident on August 21, 2015.
He claimed there was a failure to take any or any adequate precautions so as to provide Mr Maharjan with a safe place of work and a safe system of work. He also claimed hot oil had been stored in a manner and in a container that was unfit for purpose and created an obvious hazard and trap for him.
Hot oil, he claimed, was stored in an area of the premises where Mr Maharjan was required to spend his refreshment break during the course of his working day.
Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told the issue of liability had been withdrawn in the case and it was before the court for assessment of damages only.
Counsel told the court that when Mr Maharjan was brought to hospital he was in excruciating pain and he later had unbearable pain when his dressings were changed.
Counsel said the accident had a devastating effect on Mr Maharjan’s life and he has been left with grossly disfiguring scars.
When the case resumed before the court yesterday afternoon Mr Doyle said the case had been settled and could be struck out.
Umesh Maharjan leaving the Four Courts yesterday after he settled his High Court action for damages.