Many start the morning with a cup of hot coffee, and after coffee accompanies them throughout the day. In this case, no one thinks that one awkward movement — and a cup in his hands can cause serious injury and litigation.
1. Fragoso vs. Dunkin ‘Brands
In 2012, Jennifer Fragoso burned herself with apple cider from Dunkin ‘Donuts, claiming later that he was too hot and unsafe for customers. Claim: has not been filed.
Bottom line: it is not known whether Ms. Fragoso paid the money for the burns, but representatives of Dunkin ‘Donuts said that now on all the cups there is an inscription “ATTENTION: this drink is very hot”.
2. Angelica Keller vs. Southwest Airlines
During a flight in 2012, 43-year-old Angelica Keller was burned with a cup of tea, because the table opposite her seat did not recline and she was forced to hold the cup in her hands. Claim: Keller filed a claim for compensation in the amount of $ 800,000, of which she claimed $ 300,000 for “pain and suffering” suffered during the flight.
Bottom line: Angelica Keller ultimately paid $ 500,000.
3. Abdelal vs. McDonald’s
When four-year-old Lynn Abdelal handed a glass of coffee to her grandmother at McDonald’s, the lid of the glass fell off, causing her grandmother to receive third-degree burns all over her body. Claim: they demanded $ 4 million from the restaurant as compensation for damage.
Bottom line: since 2012, when this incident occurred, the company still has not paid a cent.
4. Matthew Cor vs Starbucks
Policeman Matthew Cor of North Carolina spilled a cup of Starbucks coffee on his lap, which (as Matthew stated) «exacerbated Crohn’s disease, caused anxiety and insomnia, and also led to the loss of intimacy with his wife.» The lawsuit: compensation for moral damages in the amount of 750 000 dollars.
Bottom line: the jury unanimously decided that Starbucks was not required to pay anything to the policeman.
5. Hedi Chen vs. B-N-Out Burger
In 2013, Hedi Chen gave a cup of coffee in the diner, which was so hot that the woman released the cup, spilling coffee on her stomach and hips. Claim: Chen received second-degree burns and sued the company for compensation.
Bottom line: the trial is still ongoing.
6. Lourdes Cervantes vs. Continental Airlines
During a flight from Madrid to New Jersey in 2011, Lourdes Cervantes suffered extensive second-degree burns after a cup of hot coffee fell on her lap when the passenger sitting in front of her reclined the back of his chair. Claim: Cervantes demanded a refund of $ 170,550.
Bottom line: the airline was able to negotiate with Lourdes out of court, so the amount of compensation is unknown.
7. Edwards vs. McDonald’s
Selena Edwards ordered a glass of coffee at McDrive and took it by the lid. The lid of the glass fell off, after which coffee spilled onto Selena’s hand, causing second-degree burns. Claim: The amount was not disclosed publicly.
Bottom line: as it turned out during the investigation, all the photos provided by Edwards in 2014 were fake. In the end, Selena Edwards herself was convicted of fraud.
8. Kathleen Perez vs. McDrive
In 2013, Kathleen Perez took a glass of coffee from the MacDrive window. The lid fell off the glass, and Kathleen burnt her hand. Claim: There is no data on the amount claimed.
Bottom line: the amount paid by McDonald’s also remained unknown.
9. Jose Adames and Sally Irisarry vs. Denny’s
In 2012, the 14-month-old daughter of Jose Adams and Sally Irisarri allegedly grabbed a cup of hot coffee from the table and knocked it over. Parents say that the waitress is to blame, who «put coffee on the table within the reach of the baby.» The lawsuit: parents requested compensation in the amount of $ 340,000 that was spent on the treatment of their daughter, as well as moral compensation.
Bottom line: Judge Hugh B. Scott ruled that the company should pay $ 500,000 for negligence.
10. Liebeck vs. McDonald’s
In 1994, Stella Liebek ordered a glass of coffee worth 49 cents at McDonald’s. She put it between her knees to add cream and sugar. The lid jumped off the glass, as a result of which Stella received third-degree burns. The lawsuit: initially $ 20,000, then $ 2.9 million.
Bottom line: although Liebek initially demanded the payment of medical bills in the amount of $ 20,000, her lawyer demanded an increase in the amount of compensation to $ 2.9 million. As a result, the parties agreed on a payment of $ 640,000.