McDonald’s accused of causing severe burns after serving hot coffee

Mc Donald's
On several different occasions,
McDonald's has been accused
of causing severe burns
after serving hot coffee.

Customers may accuse companies of various infractions, most of which center around their products and services. During a dispute with a consumer, a Chicago business lawyer could come in handy.

Seventeen years ago, the fast food chain McDonald's lost a major case, Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, in which a woman received $160,000 in compensation after being scalded by a hot coffee at an Illinois-based restaurant. Stella Liebeck was in the passenger's seat of her grandson's car when she was severely burned after being served a hot McDonald's coffee. The Huffington Post reports that, at the end of March 2012, McDonald's received another two lawsuits, alleging injuries occurred from its searing, scalding coffee.

Both of these lawsuits were filed in Cook County, Illinois. In one case, a young child – four-year-old Lynn Abdelal – was served a hot cup of coffee to give to her grandmother and allegedly received second-degree burns when the lid fell off. The company's policy prohibits a McDonald's employee from serving caffeinated beverages to a young child. Because of this policy, the plaintiffs seek $4 million in damages.

The other Illinois-based lawsuit was filed by 35-year-old Melissa Petigrew after she spilled hot coffee on her legs, which caused significant burns, according to court records.

While this fast food chain is not, as of yet, considering improving safety when serving its coffee, McDonald's is currently undergoing a new cup design and will be testing new paper cups as a substitute for its previously used styrofoam cups.

In the midst of allegations against company products or services, business owners in Chicago should consider partnering with a small business lawyer.

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