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Another hot coffee lawsuit says Pittsburgh McDonald's employee 'tossed' it at plaintiff


By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County woman is suing a McDonald's alleging that she was burnt by hot coffee that an allegedly negligent employee "tossed" to her at the drive-thru.

Erikka Matthews filed a complaint on April 25 in the Allegheny County Court against McDonald's Greentree.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident which took place on Oct. 3, 2018, at the defendant's location at 1 Poplar St., Pittsburgh. The suit states that the plaintiff was in the drive-thru and had ordered some coffee. 

The suit states as the plaintiff reached for her coffee from her car, the defendant's employee intentionally or recklessly "tossed" the cups of coffee in her hands "in an aggressive manner," causing hot coffee to spill on her hands and thighs. She alleges she visited the emergency room and was treated for first-degree burns.

The defendant is accused of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In addition to the famous hot coffee lawsuit of the 1990s, Pennsylvania has seen its share of similar cases recently. In fact, Wawa has been sued at least three times in the last year in the eastern part of the state.

The plaintiff is seeking actual and compensatory damages and a trial by jury. The plaintiff is represented by of Lanre Kukoyi of Kukoyi Law Firm.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case number 19-6133

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