Girl Wins $500K From Denny's Over Hot Coffee

But 5-year-old will need lifelong medical care, parents say
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2014 5:23 PM CDT
Girl, 5, Wins $500K Settlement in Latest Hot-Coffee Suit
Customers line up as Denny's restaurant offers free Grand Slam breakfasts to customers in Hialeah, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

The hot-coffee (and cider) lawsuits keep rolling in. In the latest case, parents sued a Denny's location in Angola, New York, after their one-year-old daughter was burned by coffee. The now-5-year-old girl's case has been settled for at least $500,000. Parents Jose Adames and Sally Irizarry argue that a waitress negligently put the coffee within the girl's reach, the Buffalo News reports.

The girl received first- and second-degree burns, and the family says the cost of medical care throughout her life will run to some $340,000. Some of her skin was pulled off when her clothes were removed, and health workers put her under "conscious sedation" to remove the remaining dead skin, WIVB reports. As in the famous McDonald's coffee case, plaintiffs held that the coffee was too hot. Denny's handbook for wait staff says workers should "never set hot items directly in front of a child," WIVB notes. (Read more coffee stories.)

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