Restaurant worker settles action over hot oil burns
A student has settled his action over devastating burn injuries suffered while working in a Chinese takeaway after he sat on a bucket containing freshly discarded hot cooking oil which splashed on his back and arm.
The settlement for Umesh Maharjan was on undisclosed terms and the High Court case was struck out. He suffered “excruciating, unbearable” pain and has been left with “grossly disfiguring” scars, his counsel Declan Doyle SC told the court.
Mr Maharjan, originally from Kathmandu in Nepal, was working in the takeaway to finance his fine art degree when the accident happened on August 21st, 2015.
Mr Doyle said the student was taking a break at the back of the Rathnew Chinese Takeaway in Co Wicklow where plastic buckets were kept and where staff went for a break.
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 oil spilled over his back and left arm, counsel said. Colleagues had put water and some ice on the affected areas and Mr Maharjan was taken to hospital.
His client suffered life-changing and devastating injuries and had very extensive burns, counsel said.
Mr Maharjan (29), Windmill House, Dock Road, Limerick, had sued Rathnew Restaurant and Takeaway Ltd with offices at Rockville House, Rathnew, who operated the takeaway restaurant, as a result of the accident.
He claimed failure to take any or any adequate precautions so as to provide him with a safe place of work and a safe system of work. He also claimed hot oil was stored in a container that was unfit for purpose and created an obvious hazard.
Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told the issue of liability had been withdrawn in the case and it was before the court for assessment of damages only.
In evidence, Mr Maharjan said he was scared and his back was really hot.
“The pain was really hard for me. I feel bad I will have this for my entire life,” he said.
When the case resumed before the court yesterday afternoon, Mr Doyle said it had been settled and could be struck out.
Mr Justice Hanna wished Mr Maharjan well in the future and described him as a “very impressive gentleman”.
Umesh Maharjan leaving the Four Courts in Dublin yesterday after he settled his action.