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McDonald’s Serves Harmful Chemicals

A lawsuit against McDonald’s claims a customer bought coffee, but was served harmful chemicals instead. This is similar to incidents at Cracker Barrel and Star Buffet. When restaurants accidentally serve customers harmful chemicals, it can cause permanent damage.

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Another Lawsuit Against McDonald’s

According to a Business Insider article published on September 16, 2022, a McDonald’s in Dothan, Alabama is facing a lawsuit after allegedly serving coffee mixed with a cleaning solution to a customer. The cleaning solution caused the customer to suffer internal chemical burns and other injuries. The incident reportedly occurred in August 2021. The customer is seeking damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related costs. The lawsuit names McDonald’s Corporation as a defendant, alleging that the company failed to properly train and supervise its employees to prevent such incidents from occurring.

Cleaning Chemicals Served In Drive-Thu

According to the lawsuit, a woman was served cleaning chemicals instead of coffee at a McDonald’s drive-thru. After receiving her coffee, she took a sip and immediately knew there was a problem. Her throat burned from the chemicals. She pulled back through the drive-thru for help, but the manager refused to tell her or emergency responders what chemicals might be in the cup. While the incident might have been accidental, the negligence on McDonald’s part is a lack of training to avoid this kind of harm to customers.

mcdonalds serves harmful chemical cleaner to customer

Food Safety Violation

Any incident involving a food service employee serving harmful chemicals to a customer would be a serious violation of food safety regulations and could have legal consequences for the company and the individual(s) involved. Restaurants like McDonald’s are subject to strict regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety and quality of the food they serve, and any deviations from those standards can have serious consequences.

Not the First Incident

McDonald’s is under fire yet again for injuring a customer. This is not the first time the mega food chain has had a lawsuit filed against them. Many people remember the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit.

McDonald’s Hot Coffee Lawsuit

In 1994, Liebeck v. McDonald’s was a landmark case with the defendant initially being awarded $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages. Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman, received severe burns after her McDonald’s coffee spilled in her lap. She went through multiple surgeries and received skin grafts during her 8-day stay at the hospital. Learn more about the hot coffee case and why a jury found McDonald’s guilty of willful negligence.

Restaurant Negligence Lawsuits

In this situation, McDonald’s is responsible to train employees on the proper use and storage of cleaning chemicals. This training is especially important because of the harm these chemicals can do. A failure to properly train and supervise employees can lead to serious harm. People physically harmed through the negligent actions of a business can file a claim for compensation.

harmful chemicals mistaken for beverage

Cleaning Chemicals Cause Internal Damage

Cleaning chemicals cause serious internal harm when ingested. As a customer, you expect your food to be safe. The woman in this story experienced severe internal damage from the chemicals in her beverage. It is likely that no amount of money will fix the damage to her internal organs. But, the money she does recover can be used for medical treatment and to make her life as comfortable as possible.

When To Call An Attorney

If you have a serious injury caused by negligence at a restaurant, contact an injury attorney for help. An attorney can investigate your claim and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Haggerty Silverman & Justice Injury Law Firm

Haggerty Silverman & Justice is a small personal injury law firm serving injured people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. If you have been injured, contact us for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. You don’t pay us anything unless we recover money for you.