The worldwide fast food chain McDonald's is facing more business litigation over hot coffee. Maryland readers may remember the famous case that gained national recognition over two decades ago when a woman sued after getting burned by overly hot coffee. Now, even after putting warning labels on all hot drinks, the food company appears to be facing more business litigation from another hot coffee lawsuit.
The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred in 2012 when a woman was burned after ordering a coffee in a McDonald's drive-thru. The woman waited almost a year to file her claim against the company. It is noted that she is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary compensation to cover the cost of her pain and suffering.
The lawsuit claims that the lid was not properly placed on the cup by the restaurant employees. As a result, the coffee spilled onto the woman when it was handed to her through the drive-thru window, resulting in burns. There is no indication of the specific nature of her injuries other than to list them as burns.
Business litigation can be complicated and is often best handled by those who have a solid knowledge of the applicable business laws of the individual state, including Maryland. A lawsuit against a business, especially one seeking monetary damages, can be lengthy. In order for a court to grant a settlement, there must be substantial proof that the company is liable for physical damages. Both sides of the lawsuit have the right to question any evidence brought forward in the case as the proceedings progress.
Source: businessinsider.com, McDonald's Is Getting Sued Again Over Alleged Hot Coffee Burns, Hayley Peterson, Jan. 10, 2014