California Woman Sues McDonald’s Over Coffee Burns

October 25, 2013

A Fresno County woman who says she suffered second-degree burns when she spilled hot coffee on her lap at the drive-up window of a McDonald’s has filed suit against the fast-food chain.

The Fresno Bee reported 74-year-old Joan Fino’s lawsuit seeks more than $2 million in damages.

The Clovis woman says she’s had trouble sleeping since the incident in August 2012 because “the burning sensation doesn’t go away.”

A lawyer for McDonald’s could not be reached. But Fino’s attorney, Nicholas Wagner, said he’s been in touch with McDonald’s in hopes of reaching a settlement.

If a settlement isn’t reached, Wagner said he and Fino plan to present their case to a Fresno jury.

In 1992, a similar case made national headlines. A New Mexico woman who said she was burned by McDonald’s coffee was awarded $2.9 million.

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  • November 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    Renee says:
    She didn't spill it on herself the employee did not secure the lid on all the way and when she handed her the coffee cup, thru the drive thru window, as she took hold of the c... read more
  • October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    Nothing surprises me anymore says:
    Although I do not agree with her law suit, I do think that comparing a hand burn to a lap burn is not comparable by any means. The skin on your lap/groin area is much more se... read more
  • October 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    Irene Ochoa says:
    We'll never know all the facts, because the final settlements were not public. However, based the on the full information the jury/judge had, I believe they made the correct c... read more
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