The McDonald’s coffee case is flaunted as the poster child for “frivolous lawsuits”. Insurance companies and corporations pushing tort reform commonly rally behind and argue the legal system is “out of control”. The insurance companies spend millions promoting misconceptions about tort cases to promote their agenda and continue increasing profits for their shareholders.
The insurance argument: “How is this McDonald’s fault? She spilled it. Everyone knows coffee is hot.”
However, the insurance carriers hide the truth from the consumer. The evidence at trial showed McDonalds served coffee that was many degrees hotter than competing companies, that McDonalds received hundreds of complaints from their customers about being seriously burned and McDonalds ignored the complaints.
In fact, the elderly woman in the case suffered such severe burns on her skin and genitals that she nearly died. Her surgeon claimed it was one of the worst cases he had ever seen and it caused her permanent disfigurement. When the woman asked McDonald’s to help her pay the $20K in current and anticipated medical bills, McDonald’s made her wait over six months and offered her only $800.
“We see this happen unilaterally on a daily basis. Insurers delay, deny, and dispute claims adding insult to their injury,” commented Clifford Horwitz, a principal partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates.
Over the four years leading up to the woman’s accident, McDonald’s received more than 700 reports of people being burned by their scalding coffee. By the end of the woman’s trial…
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