Doctor Oya Culpan
October 18th, 2012
McDonald’s: The Coffee spill Heard ‘Round the World*
The case Stella Liebeck v. McDonald is one of the most talked about consumer lawsuit, sparking interest in people of not only the United States, but across the globe. Those who have studied the case in details pity the, at the time, 79 years old Stella Leibeck and those who are have only studied the synopsis of this case, find her lawsuit outrageous and frivolous. In either case, virtually everyone who has heard this case has an opinion of Stella Leibeck and her lawsuit against McDonalds. On the morning of February 27, 1992, Stella Leibeck and her grandson Chris Tiano stopped at a McDonalds for breakfast in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They placed an order at the drive through and upon receiving their order; Chris stopped the car for Stella to add cream and sugar to her coffee. When failed to locate a flat surface in the car to place the hot coffee cup, Stella held the hot cup of coffee in between her knees to get the lid off the cup. As she tried to pull the lid off the cup, she spilled the hot coffee on her lap, leaving her squirming as her sweat pants absorbed the170 degree coffee, which burned her groin, inner thighs, and buttocks. This accident had lead to her eight days stay at the hospital followed by nearly three weeks of recuperating at home under the care of the two daughters, Nancy Tiano and Judy Allen. A vascular surgeon at the hospital informed the family that Stella has suffered from third degree (full thickness) burns over six percent of her body. She was later hospitalized for skin graft. All the medical procedures had lead Stella to lose 20 pounds and she was practically immobilized at times. Financially, this accident cost Leiback close to $2,000 out of pocket for medical treatment and the lost wages of her two daughters who stayed home to take of their mother. In 1994, Stella Leibeck...