Crime & Law

Posted: May 19, 2017

Florida woman awarded $100,000 for hot coffee spill

A Florida woman was awarded just over $100,000 in damages after hot coffee spilled on her lap in the drive-through of a Jacksonville Starbucks. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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A Florida woman was awarded just over $100,000 in damages after hot coffee spilled on her lap in the drive-through of a Jacksonville Starbucks. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

By ActionNewsJax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

A jury awarded a Florida woman just over $100,000 in damages after hot coffee spilled on her lap in the drive-thru of a Starbucks in Jacksonville, Florida.

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When Joanne Mogavero went through the drive-thru of a Starbucks in July 2014, the lid of her coffee cup came off as the employee handed it to her and hot coffee spilled onto her lap, causing serious burn injuries.

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The lawsuit, which was originally filed by Morgan and Morgan in 2015, was seeking at least $15,000 in damages to cover Mogavero's medical expenses.

The jury determined that Starbucks was 80 percent negligent and Mogavero was 20 percent negligent.

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They found that Mogavero's damages for "pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, inconvenience and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life" was $55,000 in the past and $30,000 in the future.

This led the jury to determine that Mogavero should be awarded a total of $100,492.14.

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