There are over 3,000 Starbucks locations in California, including 162 in Los Angeles, 133 in San Diego, and 93 in San Francisco. So it is very possible that you drive past one or more locations every day as you head to work, are out running errands, or are driving to school. And it is also quite likely that, on occasion, you stop in for a coffee, tea, snack, or fast meal at one of these very convenient locations. And when you do, the furthest thing from your mind is likely to be the chances of suffering a severe or even life-altering burn when you are getting your coffee or other hot drink.
But sadly, burn injuries are very common at Starbucks locations, considering almost every customer is getting a cup of something that could injure them. So it is vital that customers of Starbucks understand the responsibility of the store employees and when their poor choices or negligence allow a burn injury victim to seek legal action to secure a settlement or verdict for their losses and expenses, as well as the pain they have endured.
If you have recently visited a Starbucks location and become the most recent victim of a Starbucks burn injury, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group today. Our staff is deeply sorry for the pain and suffering you are forced to experience. And we would like to offer a free consultation to discuss the details of your burn injury accident to determine if you have grounds to sue Starbucks for the expenses your injuries have created. We can be reached 24/7 to provide immediate peace of mind and the possibility of a resolution to your mounting medical bills and other expenses.
Getting More Than You Asked For
When you order a hot cup of coffee or any hot drink from Starbucks, you have the right to expect a certain level of care and safety from the store staff. For example, you should get a cup that is not damaged and is not leaking its hot contents on your hands or any other part of your body. The lid should be appropriately placed on the cup and secured to prevent the hot drink from spilling on you. And you expect the employee to carefully pass you your cup or drink carrier with multiple cups and only release it when you control the items.
While these tasks seem simple enough, it can become more challenging when there are a dozen people waiting not so patiently for their drinks or when you are in the drive-thru. The staff gets rushed, they lean too far out the window and lose their balance, or someone bumps them, and suddenly, you have one or more cups of hot liquid spilled on your hands, in your car, and possibly all over your body.
These accident injuries are painful and can result in costly medical bills. But you are left with little more than worries about how to pay your bills while you are missing work and suffering. The only solution that will bring a small amount of peace of mind is a call to DTLA Law Group to speak to an expert Starbucks burn injury lawyer. Our team is here to provide the guidance you need to decide if a Starbucks burn injury lawsuit is the solution that will allow you to overcome the challenges your injuries have created.
How Duty Of Care Applies To Hot Coffee
Duty of care is part of premises liability law and is designed to protect visitors or guests to a business or property. When you are thinking about a cup of hot coffee or a carrier full of cups of hot beverages, the server has a responsibility to ensure the safety of customers when presenting these drinks. There are several tasks included in getting the cup safely in the hands of the customer, such as:
- Making sure the lid and cup are not defective, damaged, or leaking
- Securing the lid correctly to the cup
- Adding a protective sleeve to the cup to insulate the customer’s hand
- Placing multiple cups correctly in a carrier
- Holding the cup or carrier until the customer has full control of it to avoid a spill
- Warning the customer if the cup feels overly hot
If the staff at Starbucks has failed to follow these recommended safety steps and you suffered a burn, there is a good chance the employee was negligent in their duty of care. And because that negligence caused you to suffer a burn injury, you could consider suing Starbucks for your injuries and losses due to your burn injuries.
How Much Is A Starbucks Burn Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of your Starbucks burn injury lawsuit will be based primarily on the losses and expenses you suffered. However, in cases with severe burns and a lengthy recovery time, there is the potential to include a dollar amount to compensate you for your pain and suffering. Your legal team at DTLA Law Group will help you understand the concept of pain and suffering compensation and how to select an appropriate amount if this applies to your case.
The standard items that are considered allowable expenses in most personal injury claims include:
Understanding The Severity Of Burns
- All current and future medical expenses – This is vital in burn cases as the burns often need to fully heal before any reconstruction of the area or plastic surgery is considered
- The value of any personal property that was damaged or destroyed during the burn injury incident
- Your lost wages if your burn injuries prevented you from working
- Your legal fees from your DTLA Law Group Starbucks burn injury lawyer to handle your claim
Most people are fortunate enough to never suffer a severe burn. However, most do know that even a minor burn can cause significant discomfort and pain. However, it is essential to understand how burns are categorized and what the different levels mean when you are involved in a burn injury lawsuit.
- First degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin and cause it to turn red. It will be painful and could result in the skin becoming dry, but it will not cause blistering.
- Second degree burns are sometimes called partial thickness burns and damage multiple skin layers. These burns will typically cause blisters, redness, swelling, and increased pain.
- Third degree burns destroy multiple layers of skin and can look black or charred. These burns are significantly more painful and often require reconstructive surgery.
- Fourth degree burns damage and destroys all skin layers and can damage or destroy bone and muscle tissue. Typically, the nerves in the damaged area are also destroyed.
Typically, a hot drink will never exceed a second degree burns. However, it is also vital to understand that the level of the burn from a hot liquid can vary based on the age of the victim and the condition of their skin. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to burns due to the more delicate nature of their skin.
After suffering any burn injury, it is always wise to seek a full medical evaluation to ensure the best recovery outcome and to avoid infections. Damaged skin, such as burned skin, can become infected much more easily than most would expect. Your medical professional will provide any special care and cleaning instructions to ensure you avoid this added pain and complication after suffering a burn.
How Long Do I Have To Sue For A Burn Injury?
As a personal injury victim, you have two years from the date of the incident to sue Starbucks for your burn injuries. If the claim is not filed with the court in that time, you could lose the right to seek compensation for the losses and expenses caused by the burn injuries.
How To Afford The Best Starbucks Burn Injury Lawyer
After suffering a burn injury, you are sure to be in pain and worried about the medical bills and other expenses the injuries have created. In addition, you could be unable to work, which only adds to your financial hardship. The expert Starbucks burn injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group are here to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your burn injuries and suffering. And we are happy to handle any case with legal merit without charging you any upfront legal fees or expenses. We understand that many personal injury victims give up on getting the settlement or verdict they deserve because they assume they cannot afford quality legal services.
Our clients appreciate that we only get paid after the case is completed, and they have the compensation needed to pay their legal fees and other expenses. And if we fail to win your Starbucks burn injury lawsuit, you never owe us anything. We believe it is unethical to charge a client when we fail to deliver the results they need.
So please never give up on getting the full and fair compensation you deserve if you have suffered a t Starbucks burn injury. Our legal experts are ready to evaluate your claim and assist you in filing a lawsuit if your case has legal merit. And we are dedicated to fighting to protect your rights and ability to move past this troubling and painful event without added financial hardships. Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to learn more.