The big lie…

Do you remember how they made fun of the little ole lady who spilled hot McDonald’s coffee in her lap. She was accused of filing a frivolous lawsuit. The big lie just won’t stop.

The real truth is the lady suffered 3rd degree burns to her groin area requiring 8 days of hospitalization and grafting of skin and extended therapy for more than 2 years. It wasn’t funny to her.

McDonald’s had been warned about their extremely hot coffee over 700 times (including a number of lawsuits) and wouldn’t reduce the heat of the coffee. They admitted they had known about the risk of serious burns from its scalding hot coffee for more than 10 years.

Instead of being touted as a sample of corporate indifference and callous disregard of their customers safety this case was widely publicized by the insurance industry as a typical example of a frivolous lawsuit being awarded millions of dollars. That is still going on.

What is the truth? The truth is that this little ole lady received $160,000 – for actual damages (severe and excruciation pain, loss of capacity to function and substantial medical and hospital expenses) and $320,000 – punitive (punishment) damages, not millions. The jury, in the case, was allowed to consider that McDonald’s made in excess of $1.3 (million) dollars a day just from the sale of their burning coffee. They determined that McDonald’s deserved to be punished.

Why is it important to discuss this? It is to set the record straight. They just aren’t telling the truth. There are frivolous lawsuits – no one will deny that – but there are far more instances of overreaching by unscrupulous corporations.

The public is being hoodwinked. It’s time to wake up to what is going on.


Carl Waldman
Waldman Smallwood Law Firm P.C.

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