SAN DIEGO—A federal jury has awarded nearly $6.5 million to the family of a 9-month-old girl who was burned by coffee at a Southern California resort.
The girl, Hadley Deruyver, suffered third-degree burns in May 2016 when she grabbed a carafe placed on a table at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa near San Diego.
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Now, 3-year-old Deruyver underwent multiple hospital treatments and will require several more operations as she grows. Her skin will be permanently scarred and hardened.
“We would gladly trade any dollar figure to not have had Hadley gone through this,” her father, Chris DeRuyver, told FOX 5.
“Every time she looks in the mirror she’s going to know this happened.”
The family of an infant burned by hot coffee at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in May of 2016 was awarded nearly $6.5 million by a federal court jury.
The waiter testified at trial that he warned the nanny that the pot was hot.
The hotel placed blame on the nanny for not properly supervising the children and on the parents for allowing the nanny to be responsible for three young kids.
But the jury found Omni 92.5 percent responsible for the incident and the nanny 7.5 percent.
Stella Liebeck’s Famous McDonald’s Burn
In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out there was more to the story, The New York Times reported.
The case is now famous but when Stella Liebeck burnt McDonald’s coffee she would never know that it would still be talked about decades later.
Man Throws Hot Coffee in McDonald’s Worker’s Face
The Camden Police Department released video footage of a Dec. 22 incident involving a male customer who lashed out after his wait time was too long, reported the Charlotte Observer.
The incident occurred at the McDonald’s on Wall Street in Camden, the police department said.
The 16-year-old victim, who was not named, told officers that the man pulled up to the window and asked for French fries “because he was unsatisfied with the service because he was waiting too long,” the police report stated.
The men then asked for the manager, and after they spoke, he started “acting obnoxious,” said police.
The teen girl didn’t want to go back to the window because of the driver’s behavior. He told her that he would throw hot coffee at her, said police, reported the Observer.
The driver then called the teen worker back to the window and threw coffee in her face. She apparently didn’t know that he had taken the lid of the coffee cup, the Observer reported.
The Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.