Return of the Hot McDonald’s Coffee Case

History has a habit of repeating itself. It is said that the first occurrence of an event is a tragedy and its second is a farce. But an exception to this rule comes from lawsuits against McDonald’s for hot coffee spills. The media has always publicized these cases as absurd. They rarely ever profile what the injured victim deserves.

An Echo from History

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has recently reported a local woman is suing McDonald’s for severe burn injuries. She claims scalding hot tea spilled out of her cup because the lid was improperly secured. It’s almost the exact same story as the infamous Liebeck vs. McDonald’s personal injury case.

Back in 1994, very little sympathy was shown to Ms. Liebeck. In fact, bad reporting left the public misinformed about the facts of the case. For example, many to this day still believe the victim was driving when she attempted to sip the hot coffee. The truth is Ms. Liebeck was parked in a car as a passenger when the accident happened. The 79-year-old suffered third-degree burns. McDonald’s heated their coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, which was a lot higher than the industry standard.

Small Differences, But a Similar Story

The current incident occurred two years ago. The victim is a Las Vegas resident who suffered second-degree burns to her stomach, torso, and left thigh. Instead of sitting in her car, the victim attempted to drink the tea while dining at a McDonald’s restaurant located at a Walmart.

Liebeck initially sought $20,000 to cover her medical bills, but her lawyers helped her obtain a nearly $3 million judgment.

In the current case, the victim is seeking $15,000 for her losses. It remains to be seen what her lawyers may ultimately win her.

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Author: Sam Mirejovsky

For more than 20 years, Sam Mirejovsky has been helping people who have been hurt due to negligence and wrongdoing. Bringing a client-centered approach to every case, Sam believes that getting the care you need and the justice you deserve is only achieved when you take the time to understand your client and their personal circumstances. This mindset has helped him change the landscape of personal injury law and recover millions of dollars for injured people and their families.