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Woman who burned herself on Dunkin’ coffee settles for $3 million

today 10/25/2023
A woman has been awarded $3 million in a settlement with a Dunkin' franchisee after she claimed that hot coffee spilled on her lap, causing severe burns and life-altering injuries. The incident occurred because the lid on the coffee cup was not secured properly. The woman suffered second- and third-degree burns to her thighs, groin, and abdomen, requiring extensive skin grafts and weeks of hospitalization. The injuries have significantly impacted her daily life, causing pain while walking and requiring frequent application of creams to her burns. The franchisee and Dunkin' have not provided any comments on the settlement. This case is reminiscent of the famous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit from decades ago, where a woman also suffered third-degree burns from spilled coffee. The coffee in that case was found to be unreasonably hot, and the plaintiff initially received a large award, which was later reduced on appeal. The law firm representing the woman in the Dunkin' case hopes that this settlement will serve as a reminder for restaurants and franchisees to prioritize customer safety. McDonald's is currently facing another similar lawsuit in which a woman alleges severe burns from improperly served coffee. The restaurant denies the accusation and claims to have offered assistance promptly.
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