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McDonald's Sued Again Over Hot Spilled Coffee

By Morgan Chilson   |   Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 07:39 PM

A lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles against McDonald’s over injuries from spilled hot coffee, and it certainly brings to mind a similar case 20 years ago.

The new lawsuit was filed by Paulette Carr, who said in the paperwork that “the lid for the hot coffee was negligently, carelessly and improperly placed on the coffee cup,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Apparently the poorly sealed lid came off and hot coffee spilled on Carr. The incident occurred in January 2012.

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In 1994, an Albuquerque woman won a $2.9 million verdict after she was burned by McDonald’s hot coffee given to her at a drive-through. That verdict was later reduced to $640,000 and the case was settled out of court.

Carr’s injuries were not specified in the lawsuit, the Times said. But the woman injured in 1992 needed skin graft surgery because the coffee was dangerously hot, the woman’s relatives have said.

Although the 1992 case may appear like it is frivolous and high-dollar, sources say the 79-year-old victim Stella Liebeck had burns on 16 percent of her body from the hot coffee, requiring treatment for two years.

Another coffee spill in Texas at a Sonic Drive-In was settled in mediation last year, the SE Texas Legal Record said. In that case, the lid wasn’t secured and the coffee spilled on the woman as the server handed it to her, causing second- and third-degree burns with scarring, the Record said.

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