Lawsuit: Woman's burns were the result of coffee lid error at Philadelphia Dunkin' Donuts

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 20, 2018


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PHILADELPHIA – A local plaintiff believes negligent practices on the part of Dunkin’ Donuts led her to become burned by a cup of hot coffee she purchased, at the drive-thru of one of the restaurant chain’s locations in North Philadelphia.

On April 10, Sylvia Whitfield of Elkins Park filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas versus Northeast Donut Shops Management Corporation, Northeast Donut Shops, and Dunkin’ Donuts, all of Philadelphia, plus Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., of Canton, Mass.

On April 25, 2016, Whitfield was at the drive-thru window of the Dunkin’ Donuts located at 6620 North Broad Street in Philadelphia, and was handed a cup of hot coffee by one of the defendants’ employees. At that time, the suit states, the lid unexpectedly dislodged from the coffee cup, and the hot coffee contained within the cup spilled onto the plaintiff’s left hand, burning her severely.

The suit explains the defendants allegedly failed to inspect the cup, permitted the existence of the loose lid, failed to correct that condition and failed to properly train its employees, among a long list of accompanying charges.

For a count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by William C. Carlitz in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180401206

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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