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January 23, 2014 / Steven Soliman

McDonalds Sued Again Over Hot Coffee

A Los Angeles woman has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. alleging that she was burned by hot coffee that spilled on her at one of the chain’s restaurants in Los Angeles.

The story is a familiar one, as this lawsuit comes 20 years after a jury awarded $2.9 million to an elderly woman who spilled coffee and suffered third degree burns which required skin graft surgery, after it was revealed that the restaurant was ordered to keep its coffee at dangerously high temperatures to maintain taste. Though the verdict was widely criticized, it is believed that the elderly woman passed away not long afterwards as a result of her serious injuries.

The new case was filed by Paulette Carr, who alleged that she was injured on January 9, 2012 after ordering coffee at the drive-thru window of the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, California. Specifically, the complaint explains, “The lid for the hot coffee was negligently, carelessly, and improperly placed on the coffee cup…resulting in the lid coming off the top of the coffee at the window, causing the hot coffee to spill onto the plaintiff.” However, the complaint does not allege what injuries she suffered as a result.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, please contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a private consultation.


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