When most people think of personal injury lawsuits, they think of car accident victims suffering from whiplash and wearing neck braces on the witness stand in court.  However, not every personal injury lawsuits fits into this clichéd scenario.  While many PI cases do involve motor vehicle accidents, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more, many other accident victims suffer personal injury from very unexpected circumstances.  If you have suffered any type of personal injury in any type of accident, and another party was responsible, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and should contact a Fayette County PI attorney as soon as possible.


PI Case Example

In 1992, a 79 year-old woman named Stella Liebeck ordered a cup of coffee from a McDonald’s drive-thru in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  As she took the lid off to add cream and sugar, the whole cup of coffee spilled on her lap, causing severe third degree burns on 6% of her skin and second degree burns on 16% of her skin.  She underwent two years of subsequent medical treatment, including skin grafts to her thighs, groin, and buttocks.  Her pain was extensive, her medical bills high, and she dropped to a dangerously low weight as a result of her injuries.


Liebeck asked McDonald’s for $20,000 to cover her medical bills and lost income, though the corporate giant refused.  She therefore filed a personal injury lawsuit and ultimately received approximately $600,000 after appeals and settlement negotiations.


Though many people considered this “hot coffee” lawsuit to be frivolous, Ms. Liebeck was severely injured and deserved to be properly compensated for her injuries and losses.  It was determined that McDonald’s was negligent in serving coffee too hot, therefore it was only fair that the company reimburse Ms. Liebeck.

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PI lawsuits can arise out of strange circumstances, however victims still deserve to receive a fair settlement for their injuries.  If you have been injured, call an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today.

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