Georgia Woman Awarded $3 Million in Lawsuit Settlement Over Severe Coffee Burns
In a recent legal case that has garnered significant attention, a 70-year-old Georgia woman has been awarded a remarkable $3 million in a lawsuit settlement after suffering severe burns from a cup of coffee served to her at a Dunkin’ drive-thru. The incident, which occurred in February 2021 at a Dunkin’ location in Sugar Hill, Georgia, left the woman with life-altering injuries and staggering medical bills.
The woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, ordered a cup of hot coffee from the popular franchise. However, unbeknownst to her, the lid on her cup was not properly secured. As a result, when she attempted to drink the coffee, it spilled onto her thighs, groin, and abdomen, causing severe burns. The injuries were so severe that the woman had to relearn how to walk and still struggles with day-to-day activities.
According to her legal representation, Morgan & Morgan, the woman’s injuries resulted in over $200,000 in medical bills. To seek justice and hold those responsible accountable, Morgan & Morgan filed a lawsuit on her behalf, arguing that the accident could have been prevented if the drive-thru employee had secured the lid properly.
After months of negotiations, Golden Donuts, LLC, the franchisee that operates the Dunkin’ location, agreed to a $3 million settlement to compensate the woman for her injuries and the impact on her life. The substantial settlement aims to not only provide the woman with the financial support she needs for her ongoing medical treatment but also send a clear message to restaurants and businesses to prioritize customer safety.
“We hope that this settlement will serve as a wake-up call to the industry, urging them to take the necessary steps to prevent such incidents from happening in the future,” said a spokesperson from Morgan & Morgan. They further emphasized the importance of businesses ensuring that all safety protocols are followed, especially when handling hot beverages that can cause severe harm.
As of now, Golden Donuts, LLC, and Inspire Brands, the owner of Dunkin’ Brands, have not yet responded to requests for comment regarding the settlement. However, this case stands as a reminder of the potential consequences of negligence and the paramount importance of customer safety.
“Zombie enthusiast. Subtly charming travel practitioner. Webaholic. Internet expert.”