Court: Yes, Sizzling Skillet Is Hot; No, You Can't Sue

Patron sued when he got burned while praying over skillet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 4, 2015 7:12 PM CST

(Newser) – A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet. The ruling made public today upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed his lawsuit. The man claimed a waitress didn't warn him the dish was hot, but the lower court found the food posed an "open and obvious" danger.

It happened in 2010 at an Applebee's in Burlington County. The man said he bowed his head, then heard a loud sizzle followed by a grease pop. He then felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face. The man said he panicked and knocked the food on his lap, causing more burns. The burns didn't cause scarring.

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