/ Blog/ Indiana Woman Sues Airline Company Over Hot Coffee Spill
According to the the Indianapolis Star, A Hendricks County woman has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines for personal injury and damages, including burns to her legs, scarring, emotional distress, lost time, medical expenses, and anticipated future medical expenses. The lawsuit seeks almost $170,000 from the airline company.
The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
This lawsuit reminds us of the infamous 1992 lawsuit against McDonald’s when 79 year old Stella Liebeck of Alburquerque, New Mexico suffered third-degree burns over 6% of her body when hot coffee was spilled on her lap. Ms. Liebeck was hospitalized for 8 days, during which she underwent skin grafts. After McDonald’s refused to pay the $20,000 in medical bills she sought, a jury awarded Liebeck $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages.
We don’t know the severity of the Indianapolis’ woman’s injuries, but we’re assuming they’re not as significant as Ms. Liebeck’s.
The lawsuit claims the flight attendant was negligent in spilling the coffee. What is negligence? Negligence doesn’t mean intentional conduct. Negligence is out of the ordinary or unreasonable and if that is the case, then the person who is injured can bring a claim against the person was was negligent.
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