New Delco lawsuit blaming Wawa for hot coffee is at least the third in the area in the past year

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Yet another lawsuit over the temperature of coffee has been filed against an eastern Pennsylvania Wawa.

Bernadine Edwards filed the complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County on Feb. 8 against Wawa Inc. and Wawa Food Market for alleged negligence. She claims she was injured when a hot beverage was spilled on her.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was a guest in the Wawa Food Market at 2209 Lehigh St. in Allentown on Nov. 20, 2017, when she was injured due to the negligence of an employee who spilled hot coffee on the plaintiff's right hand. 

The plaintiff claims the defendant was at fault for failing to supervise and train employees; failing to comply with codes and regulations concerning the handling of hot food and liquids; failing to prevent the injury; not having appropriate first aid procedures and medications available for the plaintiff; and acts of omission.

A similar lawsuit was filed last March in Philadelphia against Wawa after a man alleges that he was caused injury when a coffee cup supplied by Wawa acted defectively, buckling in on itself and causing the hot liquid to pour over the sides and onto the plaintiff, resulting in burns and injuries. 

Another lawsuit was filed a month later in Philadelphia against Wawa when a man was allegedly burned by coffee due to an allegedly loose nozzle on a coffee dispenser that directed hot coffee towards the plaintiff's skin and resulted in permanent disfigurement.

Edwards alleges that due to the negligence of the defendant, she sustained injuries to her right hand which has suffered pain, numbness, tingling, loss of feeling, loss of grip strength, neurological symptoms and arthritic changes, as well as post traumatic stress disorder and nervous system damages.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for compensatory damages of $50,000 against the defendant. The plaintiff is represented by Mark Riesenfeld of the Law Offices of Mark H. Riesenfeld. 

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