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Youth football league sued by volunteer who burned herself handling french fries

State Court

By Joe Chen | Feb 18, 2020


PITTSBURGH - A concession stand volunteer at a TJ Youth Football League game claims she suffered third-degree burns within minutes of handling french fries. 

Spring McCann filed a lawsuit on Jan. 24 in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against TJ Youth Football League, citing negligence in communicating safety precautions. 

McCann originally volunteered to help set up during a TJ Youth Football League home game at Thomas Jefferson High School's football field on Aug. 31. 

A few days before the game, McCann allegedly was asked to help with the concession stand instead, since the setup position no longer existed. She was assigned to work in the hot food aisle, where chafing dishes, filled with hot water, were used to keep french fries warm. 

McCann allegedly asked the volunteer before her if there was anything she should know; the previous volunteer said no. McCann then tried to combine a freshly cooked tray of french fries with another tray of older french fries. 

In this process of handling the chafing dishes, hot water that was concealed beneath the tray allegedly spilled onto McCann's right leg and into her socks and shoes, causing second- and third-degree burns on her leg and ankle. 

McCann alleged TJ Youth Football League did not offer any training on safety for concession stands volunteers and it did not ask her to sign any waivers. 

McCann is seeking damages in excess of $38,576 to for wage loss, permanent disfigurement, and past and future medical expenses. She is represented in the case by attorney Philip Chapman of Pribanic & Pribanic LLC in White Oak. 

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Pribanic & PribanicCourt of Common Pleas of Allegheny County