“Alexander ultimately succumbed to the injuries caused by the tea, dying a short time later.”
These are the fatal burns suffered by a Colorado woman’s dog that she alleges in a lawsuit were the result of a Starbucks beverage that was too hot.
Solas-Solando was taken to Rose Medical Center for treatment, and says she eventually received skin grafts from the Swedish Medical Center Burn and Reconstructive Unit after receiving second-degree burns to “2 per cent of her total body area,” specifically on her thighs and stomach.
Solas-Solando is seeking in excess of $75,000 USD in damages according to her suit, alleging among other things that the Starbucks barista did not follow company policy in using a double-cup for extra-hot beverages.
The suit also alleges that a “wall-timer” graded employees on the speed with which they can move customers through the drive-thru, contributing to the alleged carelessness which led to her injury.
The allegations made in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.
In a statement to media, Starbucks vigorously denies the allegations and says video evidence will exonerate their employee in court.
“We have video evidence that clearly contradicts the claims made by the plaintiff and believe they are without merit,” the company said. “We look forward to presenting our case in court.”
“While we are sympathetic to Ms. Salas-Solano and the injuries she sustained, we don’t have any reason to believe our partner (employee) was at fault.”
Reached at his legal firm in Denver on Wednesday, attorney Sean Leventhal declined to comment public as so early a stage in the process.
“We’re not providing any comments until we begin the discovery process,” Leventhal told Global News.
The suit calls to mind the well-known 1994 lawsuit wherein a New Mexico woman successfully sued McDonald’s for $640,000 after she suffered severe burns as a result of a spilled cup of coffee.
In that case, the woman and McDonald’s eventually settled of out court for an undisclosed amount.
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