In 1992, Stella Liebeck – then seventy-nine – bought a cup of coffee at a McDonald’s drive-thru. She spilled the coffee on her lap, suffering severe burns. Afterward, Liebeck sued McDonald’s and was awarded nearly three million dollars in damages with the help of a burn injury attorney.
Since then, hundreds of cases involving companies that literally burned their customers have been brought to the forefront.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn accident, contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates. Our investigative team will dedicate itself to your case, ensuring the fairest possible result.
Valissa Richard was traveling on a Carnival cruise ship in the fall of 2016 when, during the course of her meal in the dining hall, a waiter brought her tea in a teapot that was “designed with a non-locking, non-sealing hinged lid.”
Another woman at the table, Sherrie Dawson, was allegedly using a maraca when the waiter approached the table.
“As [he] approached the table to serve Richard, Dawson hit his hand – the teapot then fell off the saucer, spilling hot water onto Richard’s chest, right shoulder, and right arm,” U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno explained in a court order. “Richard suffered severe injuries from the accident, including second degree burns on her right chest, breast, and upper and lower right arm.”
After the incident, Richard contacted a burn injury attorney.
Richard claims these injuries left permanent damage. She charged Carnival with negligence in the manner, method, and mode of serving hot tea.
Carnival, in turn, claims Dawson added an unforeseen factor to the table, ultimately causing Richard’s injuries by hitting the waiter with her maraca.
“It is purely speculation,” Carnival argued. “And otherwise impossible for the plaintiff to assert that a different model teapot, or holding the teapot with two hands instead of one, or holding the teapot by its handle, or even serving the hot water at lower temperatures would have not harmed or injured the plaintiff.”
Carnival requested a summary judgment (a judgment without a trial) in its favor, but was denied by Moreno.
“Although the parties concur about many of the events preceding Richard’s injuries,” he wrote. “Their dueling statements of facts illuminate several genuine and material factual disputes.”
The legal system can be difficult to navigate without assistance. If you would like to file a lawsuit against a company responsible for burn injuries, contact a burn injury attorney at Fetterman & Associates. Our team of Florida personal injury lawyers is prepared to assist, represent, and fight for compensation. Contact our office at (561)-316-2746.
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