Deja Brew: Second Philly-area Wawa faces negligence lawsuit over hot coffee spill

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 18, 2018


PHILADELPHIA – For the second time in a month, a local Wawa convenience store is facing a negligence lawsuit from a customer claiming to be burned, figuratively and literally, by its coffee products.

On April 10, Joshua Lord of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas versus Wawa, Inc. of Bensalem.

“On or about Feb. 28, 2018, at approximately 1:20 p.m., while on defendants’ premises, plaintiff was caused to be burned by hot coffee, causing serious and permanent personal injuries on account of which this action is brought,” the suit states.

Per the litigation, Lord says Wawa was responsible for “failure to properly secure and/or repair the loose nozzle on the coffee dispenser," “failure to regard the rights, safety and position of the plaintiff in and about the area of the aforementioned accident” and “failure to provide adequate safeguards to prevent the injury to plaintiff," among a list of other charges.

As a result, Lord alleges he suffered various serious and permanent personal injuries, serious impairment of bodily function and/or permanent serious disfigurement and/or aggravation of pre-existing conditions, plus emotional injuries.

For a count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, plus all costs and other relief this Court deems necessary.

The plaintiff is represented by Marc I. Simon of Simon & Simon, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180401378

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