Woman sues Starbucks, claiming wrong coffee order at drive-thru caused burns

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A Texas woman is suing Starbucks after she says she sustained burns from a coffee order that wasn’t hers.

Mary Simms filed the lawsuit after an incident on April 14, when she went through the drive-thru of a Starbucks in Tomball, Texas to place an order.

According to the lawsuit, Simms was advised by a Starbucks employee that she had received the wrong coffee and stopped her vehicle to hand it back.

While giving the order back to the employee, the lid came off and spilled on Simms’ lap, leaving her with first- and second-degree burns.

“Plaintiff did not have knowledge of the dangerous condition and could not have reasonably been expected to discover it prior to this incident,” court documents stated.

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The lawsuit alleges the negligence on behalf of Starbucks was the direct cause of Simms’ injuries.

“Defendant knew or should have known of the unreasonably dangerous condition created by the failing lid, hot water and/or liquid of the coffee, and Defendant neither corrected nor warned Plaintiff of the same,” the lawsuit said.

Simms filed the suit on Aug. 19 and is seeking less than $75,000 to cover lost wages, medical expenses and past and future physical pain and suffering.

USA TODAY has reached out to Starbucks for comment.

This isn’t the first time the coffee giant has been sued for injuries related to burns.

A Florida woman was awarded $100,000 in 2017 after she was severely burned when the lid of her Starbucks coffee popped off.

Starbucks faced other lawsuits in recent years, including a Chicago woman suing the company in 2016 for $5 million after she said they were filling chilled beverages with too much ice.

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