The Hot Coffee Lawsuit|
Irvine Personal Injury Lawyer
Every Lawyer has heard the story of the hot coffee lawsuit about the lady that was spilled her coffee and got millions from McDonald’s right? Actually, nearly everyone has probably heard the story, and it is usually followed up with some criticizing of the the lady in the case. But, what if these people knew the reality of the case?
The case was Liebeck V. McDonald’s Restaurants and it would become one of the most talked about court cases, while also being one that people knew the least about.
First, the victim received third degree burns to her pelvic region, “Third-degree burns are the worst burns. They cause the most damage, extending through every layer of skin. The damage can even reach the bloodstream, major organs, and bones, which can lead to death.” –Healthline
Second, the victim had to receive skin grafts while she was hospitalized for 8 days.
And Third, she had to undergo 2 years of medical treatment after she was released.
These are the descriptions that she often recieves, “The case is considered by some to be an example of frivolous litigation. ABC News called the case “the poster child of excessive lawsuits”. Jonathan Turley called the case “a meaningful and worthy lawsuit”. McDonald’s asserts that the outcome of the case was a fluke, and attributed the loss to poor communications and strategy by an unfamiliar insurer representing a franchise.”
These descriptions from people are misleading and untruthful. I recommend that you Google Image the case and take a look at the photographs for yourself. It is not the excessive litigation that will keep hurting businesses, like people make it out to be. It was a lady that was severely hurt from a company that ignored prior warnings and did nothing to make sure people are not hurt. It was also not a minor injury, like many people have believed. It was a severe injury which must have been painful until it became a third degree burn. “With this type of burn, the damage is so extensive that you may not feel pain because your nerves are damaged.” Healthline