The Real Facts Behind the Infamous Hot Coffee Case:
- Stella was not driving the car, nor was the car in motion at the time of the spill.
- Stella suffered 3rd degree burns - the worst kind - to her groin, buttocks, and legs. She underwent multiple painful skin-graft surgeries as a result.
- McDonald's knew that keeping their coffee at 180 degrees was dangerous to it's customers. Prior to Stella Lieback McDonald's had received over 700 complaints of coffee burns. McDonald's claimed these 700 victims were "statistically trivial" in comparison to all their coffee sales.
- Liquid ranging from 180 degrees or higher will produce 2nd to 3rd degree burns within seconds. Dr. David Arredondo, Stella Lieback's surgeon testified to this fact.
- Stella had only asked McDonald's pay her medical bills, $10,000. They offered her $800.
- The highly publicized $2.7 million verdict is nowhere near what Stella actually received. The punitive damage award was based on 2 days worth of McDonald's coffee sales. The Judge in the case reduced that amount to $480,000.
Information on the Hot Coffee case was found in interviews with Susan Saladoff, the film "Hot Coffee," and on the film's website. To learn more about the Hot Coffee case, film, the issues connected to it, and it's director Susan Saladoff visit hotcoffeethemovie.com.
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