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a big whack €65,000 for seven-year-old girl scalded after tea fell on her in McDonald's

It was claimed that a McDonald's worker was attempting to clean the table when a cup of hot tea was accidentally knocked over and it spilled on the girl’s legs and left foot.

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A seven-year-old girl who was scalded when a cup of hot tea spilled on her in a McDonald’s restaurant has settled her High Court action for just over €65,000.

Sum Yee Nam (now 11) was in the restaurant chain’s Grafton Street branch in Dublin with her mother and sister when the accident occurred four years ago.

The incident, Mr Justice Garrett Simons said, seemed to him to be a very nasty accident which was compounded by the fact that the burns did not heal as hoped.

The girl, the judge said, had ongoing difficulties with her foot.

He was happy to recommend the assessment of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for a total award of €65,700 which included €65,000 general damages and €700 in special damages.

Sum Yee Nam, Warrenstown Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin had through her father Wing Fai Nam sued McDonald's Restaurants of Ireland Ltd over the accident on May 14, 2017.

The girl was sitting at a table with her mother and younger sister when the accident happened.

It was claimed that a McDonald's worker was attempting to clean the table when a cup of hot tea was accidentally knocked over and it spilled on the girl’s legs and left foot.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to take any or any adequate care when cleaning the table.

The girl was in severe pain and very upset and brought to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where she was treated for a scalding injury to her left foot. She also had to have a painful skin graft and she has been left with scarring.

The girl, the judge was told, has been left with two permanent scars which are visible.

In an affidavit, the girl’s father Wing Fai Nam said in the immediate aftermath of the accident his daughter was in severe pain and very upset. She also had to undergo a painful skin grafting procedure which added to her distress, he said.

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