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Think You Know the Truth About the McDonald's Coffee Case?

We've all heard the story - a woman ordered a McDonald's coffee and tried to hold it between her legs while driving. It spilled. She sued; and then won millions of dollars in the "lottery" of personal injury cases.

As personal injury lawyers in North Carolina, we cringe every time we hear this story.

Partially because it has become a symbol of a justice system gone awry.

Medical25_06082014And partially because it's: Just. Not. True. At least not in the way many people understand it. Many facts have been altered or omitted along the way.

"This story is the most widely-misunderstood story in America."

That's a quote from the New York Times' recent video about what really happened.

The video tells the story a little differently. It talks about:

  • An emergency room visit
  • 3rd degree burns
  • Skin grafts
  • A week's stay at the hospital
  • $10k of medical bills
  • Multiple warnings from others to McDonald's
  • Coffee temperatures that can scald upon contact (30 degrees higher than home brewers!)
  • And a much, much lower settlement amount.

 
"If people would have seen the severity of the burns, they would have understood that this was no laughing matter," said her lawyer.

For those pictures (at the 5 minute mark - brace yourself), and the entire story, just click on the video below.

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Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

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280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
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517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
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1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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