What to do if while eating at a Chinese buffet, I got burned by the sweet and sour sauce while pouring it into a small plastic cup that was available for that use?

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What to do if while eating at a Chinese buffet, I got burned by the sweet and sour sauce while pouring it into a small plastic cup that was available for that use?

he manager never even came to check on me after I notified my waiter. I am a tile installer but now I can’t finish my ceramic tile job due to the burning sensation in my fingers. Should I contact a local lawyer in the are of where the restaurant is located or contact one where I reside?

Asked on November 24, 2014 under Personal Injury, Mississippi

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Have you been to a doctor or emergency room and received a medical diagnosis of some injury? If not, there's little or no point in contacting an attorney: without medical evidence of some injury, disability, etc., you'd not win any lawsuit and would be unable to credibly threaten a suit. So if you want to consider legal action and have not yet seen medical treatment, do that first.

Once you have a medical report/diagnosis/etc., you can speak with a lawyer about what your case may be worth and therefore whether it's worthwhile taking--or at least threatening, so as to try to get a settlement--legal action. Initially speak with an attorney near you (ask first if the attorney provides free initial consultations to evaluate a case--since many do, go to one who won't charge you for the first conversation) to see if the case is worthwhile and if, on the facts and the respective locations of you and the restaurant, the attorney could represent you. You can always speak to an attorney located elsewhere later.


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