10 stories about a cup of coffee
Many people start the morning with a cup of hot coffee, and after coffee they accompany them throughout the day. At the same time, no one thinks about the fact that one awkward movement - and a cup in your hands can cause serious injury and litigation.
1. Fragoso vs. Dunkin ’Brands
In 2012, Jennifer Fragozo was burned with apple cider from Dunkin ’Donuts, later stating that it was too hot and unsafe for customers. Lawsuit: was not filed.
Bottom line: it is not known whether Mrs. Fragoso paid for the burns, but representatives of Dunkin ’Donuts said that now there is an inscription“ ATTENTION: this drink is very hot ”on all cups.
2. Angelica Keller vs. Southwest Airlines
During the flight in 2012, 43-year-old Angelica Keller burnt a cup of tea because the table in front of her seat did not recline and she was forced to hold the cup in her hands. Lawsuit: Keller filed a compensation claim of $ 800,000, of which she demanded $ 300,000 for the “pain and suffering" suffered during the flight.
The bottom line: Angelique Keller ended up paying $ 500,000.
3. Abdell vs. McDonald’s
When four-year-old Lynn Abdell handed a glass of coffee to her grandmother at McDonald’s, the lid of the glass fell off, causing the grandmother to get third-degree burns all over her body. Lawsuit: the restaurant demanded $ 4 million in damages.
Bottom line: since 2012, when this incident occurred, the company has not yet paid a cent.
4. Matthew Cor vs. Starbucks
Police officer Matthew Cor from North Carolina spilled a cup of Starbucks coffee into his lap, which (as Matthew stated) "led to an exacerbation of Crohn's disease, caused anxiety and insomnia, and also led to a loss of intimacy with his wife." Claim: moral damages in the amount of $ 750,000.
The bottom line: the jury made a unanimous decision that Starbucks is not obliged to pay the police officer anything.
5. Hedy Chen vs. In-N-Out Burger
In 2013, Hedi Chen at a diner gave a cup of coffee that was so hot that a woman let go of a cup, spilling coffee on her stomach and hips. Lawsuit: 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 received extensive second-degree burns after a cup of hot coffee fell into her lap when a passenger in front of herthrew back his chair back. Claim: Cervantes demanded a refund of $ 170,550.
Bottom line: the airline managed 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 disappeared, after which the coffee was spilled on the hand of Selena, causing second-degree burns. Lawsuit: the amount was not publicly disclosed.
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 of the glass fell off, and Kathleen burned her arm. Claim: There is no data on the amount claimed.
Outcome: The amount paid by McDonald’s also remained unknown.
9. José Adames and Sally Irisarri vs. Denny’s
In 2012, the 14-month-old daughter José Adames and Sally Irisarri allegedly grabbed a cup of hot coffee from the table and knocked it over. Parents claim that the blame is the waitress who “put the coffee on the table within the reach of the baby.”The lawsuit: the parents requested compensation in the amount of $ 340,000, which 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 Liebeck ordered a 49-cent glass of coffee at McDonald’s. She put it between her knees to add cream and sugar. The cover slipped 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 Libeck initially demanded payment of medical bills 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.