Tuesday, November 23, 2010

McDonalds and their Lawyers

Last week I was at a legal conference.  The topic of lawyers and their public perception came up.  It was interesting to hear from an insider that things are not always what they seem.

Everyone has heard of the lady who was burned by coffee at a McDonalds drive thru.  We know she settled for over $1M and the public sentiment seems to be that she was taking McDonalds for a ride.

It turns out:
1.  McDonalds knew, and admitted, that coffee served at the temperature they served it was not fit for human consumption.  The coffee was served at 190 degrees, which will cause third degree burns within 7 seconds of contact with the skin.
2.  Over 700 people had been burned by McDonalds coffee before this lady sued.
3.  She offered to settle with McDonalds for her medical bills, they refused.

It has been my experience when we hear of a verdict or settlement that is too good or bad to be true, usually we are not getting the whole story.  Whether it was McDonalds management or their lawyers, they shouldn't have allowed their egos to get them beyond the point of no return. 

1 comment:

Sarah Walton said...

It's a shame how we only ever hear one side of the story. Interesting to see which side the press took with this one - usually they go for the lil' battlers.