I had heard bitching and complaining in the media about frivolous lawsuits, and genuinely believed that this was one of them. It seems that everyone does. However, I saw the new documentary "Hot Coffee" and read some actual details about what happened... And it just doesn't seem so frivolous anymore. Check out this short clip from the documentary:
(Warning: They show images of the severe burns on this woman's inner thighs. They are really disturbing images to look at, so if you don't wish to see something like that, don't click!)
Excerpt found here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xly...dtv-xvid-fqm-3
Many people think that the woman spilled hot coffee, got burned a bit, then sued McDonalds in an attempt to get a huge payday. They cite it as an example of our legal system gone awry. All she wanted was for McDonalds to pay $20k cover her medical expenses (skin grafts), lost income, etc. McDonalds only offered her $800.
Anyway, I was pretty blown away by how incorrectly this situation had been portrayed by the media, and thought it's be nice to start a discussion about it. Do you still think this was her fault? Still a frivolous lawsuit? Does the severity of the burns surprise you?