Burn injuries can have serious and long-term consequences for a victim. Not only are these injuries extremely painful, but also they can leave terrible scars. If you or someone close to you has suffered a burn injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami burn injury attorneys can analyze the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.
Earlier this month, an Orlando woman filed a lawsuit against McDonalds, alleging the restaurant failed to properly secure the lid of a hot coffee cup, which led to her injuries. According to the complaint, the woman was at the drive-through at McDonald’s when an employee handed her a hot cup of coffee. As the woman took a sip, the hot coffee spilled onto her. The woman claims that the spill and subsequent injuries occurred because the McDonald’s employee did not secure the lid properly. She is seeking damages for physical injuries, mental anguish, loss of earnings, and medical expenses.
This is not the first Florida case involving a hot coffee spill. Earlier this year, a Florida woman was awarded $100,000 after a 2014 incident at a Starbucks drive-thru in Jacksonville that left her physically injured. About $85,000 of the total award was for pain and suffering, and about $15,000 was for medical bills. The woman alleged that the Starbucks employee failed to fasten the lid properly, which led to the 190-degree drink spilling all over her lap, leaving her with permanent scars from first- and second-degree burns.
When a burn injury is caused by someone’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. Negligence refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions or omissions. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would behave under the same or similar circumstances. Lawsuits based on negligence center on allegations that one party’s failure to use reasonable care was a direct cause of the plaintiff’s burn injury. It is important to note that the burden of proof in negligence cases is on the plaintiff.
In many burn accident cases, victims are unable to return to the normal life they once enjoyed before the accident. Florida tort law allows injured victims to seek compensation for certain losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs. While no amount of money can undo the harm you suffered due to the burn injury, compensation can help pay for the bills associated with your recovery.
If you have suffered a burn injury caused by someone else’s recklessness, carelessness, or wrongdoing, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami burn injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to protecting your rights at every step of the way. To speak to us in more detail about your burn injury case, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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