According to a Jan. 8 report in the Louisiana Record, a Jefferson Parish woman has filed a lawsuit against fast food giant Burger King for serving up their coffee too hot. The woman claims that the drive-thru worker failed to properly secure the lid on her coffee cup causing a spill and painful burn.
Seventeen years ago, Stella Liebeck won a lawsuit against McDonald’s after scalding hot coffee caused third-degree burns to her pelvic region. She was awarded $160,000 in damages.
Since then, coffee burn lawsuits have been plaguing fast food restaurants at the average of two a year. This most recent suit, filed by Kathleen Perez, claims that the “defendant is accused of failing to properly secure the coffee cup’s lid, serving coffee at an extreme scalding temperature and failing to use due care under the circumstances.”
Perez also states the fast food worker of applying cold napkins to her skin after seeing she appeared to be in distress. She is filing for personal injuries, burns, permanent scarring and discoloration, pain and suffering, disability, embarrassment and mental anguish.
The case has been assigned to a Louisiana district court. A trial date has yet to be announced.