Hot coffee lawsuits are nothing new, but this case is different from the others, because the victim was a year old toddler.
Four years ago Sally Irizarry and Jose Adames took their one year old daughter to Denny’s in Angola, New York, US. One of the waiters put a cup of hot coffee near the girl when bringing their order, which resulted in the child getting scalded with the hot beverage. She was taken to a hospital where doctors ruled that she had first and second degree burns on her skin. Her parents filed a lawsuit against Denny’s and their staff members. The suit stated that the girl’s medical expenses would cost up to $340,000 and that she would need medical care for the rest of her life. The 5 year old girl and her parents have received $500,000 from the court settlement.
According to Denny’s handbook for staff members, waiters are strictly prohibited from placing hot beverages and dishes anywhere near a child’s reach.