In fact, upon examining the details of this case, you might come away with an entirely different point of view. This is not a case of greed; it’s a case of a large corporation refusing to address an elderly woman’s reasonable request for compensation for medical costs. In this case summary, you’ll see what actually happened, how Liebeck sought reasonable compensation, and how, by refusing to pay that compensation, McDonald’s set themselves up for a much larger suit.
Contrary to rumors, Liebeck was not operating her vehicle, nor was it moving at the time she was burned. Her grandson was driving his car, and Ms. Liebeck was in the passenger seat.
At the hospital, doctors found that she had suffered third degree burns, and Ms. Liebeck underwent skin grafts and lost over twenty pounds during her eight-day stay at the hospital. Her full medical costs were expected to reach at least $18,000.
At this point, Ms. Liebeck retained a personal injury attorney who filed a gross negligence suit against McDonald’s. However, at this point Ms. Liebeck and her attorney were still not asking for seven figures. Rather, her attorney offered to settle at $90,000. McDonald’s refused, and the case proceeded to trial.
It should also be noted that, just prior to trial, Ms. Liebeck’s attorney offered to settle once more for $300,000, but McDonald’s refused this, as well. You can see that McDonald’s had no fewer than three chances to settle at much lower costs than what was eventually awarded to Ms. Liebeck.
If you believe that you have a personal injury case against a large or small corporation, do not hesitate to talk to the Los Angeles product liability attorneys. Ms. Liebeck is not a millionaire from her ordeal with McDonald’s, but she did eventually get compensation for her injuries.