It’s been more than 20 years since a 79-year-old New Mexico woman was awarded millions by a jury after suffering severe burns from scalding coffee served by fast-food restaurant McDonald’s. The claim had been widely derided publicly as frivolous, though what many people didn’t understand was the severity of the woman’s injuries (requiring extensive skin grafts) and the fact the chain had been repeatedly warned that its brew was blisteringly hot.
Now, another popular chain, Starbucks, has been on the receiving end of a number of hot coffee lawsuits. The results have been a mixed blend.
Most recently in South Florida, a man alleges he suffered severe burns when a barista at a drive-through in Pompano Beach did not make sure the lid was securely on the cup. The employee then reportedly failed to make sure plaintiff had a good handle on the cup before letting go, resulting in severe burns to his groin. Continue reading →