A Florida jury granted $800,000 in compensation to a family who claimed hot chicken McNuggets burned a girl severely.
According to WTVJ, the Broward County jury went over for approximately two hours on what amount of money the family should get from them.
This happened back in 2019, but the case did not go to trial until May 2023.
However, from May to now, the decision has come after two months of the trial, the jury determined McDonald’s and the owner of the franchise liable for the girl’s burns, but not negligent .
The parents said that their girl went through “Emotional Distress” and may need medical assistance in the near future.
As per the lawsuit, The girl was “disfigured and scarred” after a nugget became stuck between her thigh and the seatbelt. Furthermore, According to the lawsuit, the nuggets were “unreasonably and dangerously hot” and “unfit for human handling.”
However, McDonald’s lawyer Scott Yount pointed out that the girl and her family bought the 32 McNuggets on that day and that the little girl had really dropped six nuggets on her lap.
“She has one burn, and that’s the one location where the McNugget was trapped by the seat belt for two minutes,” he stated earlier this year.
“The Chicken McNuggets are not defective, they are not unreasonably dangerous, they are not dangerously hot, and there is no negligence.”
Despite this, the jury noticed that there were no warnings given on the meal that caused the girl’s injuries. Previously, In May, the owner of the franchise stated that their one of the highest priority is Customer safety.
On Tuesday, McDonald’s representative provided the following response regarding the lawsuit:
“We take every complaint seriously and certainly those that involve the safety of our food and the experiences of our guests.
This matter was looked into thoroughly. Ensuring a high standard for food safety and quality means following strict policies and procedures for each product we cook and serve. Those policies and procedures were followed in this case and we therefore respectfully disagree with the plaintiff’s claims.
Together with our franchisees, we have made food safety a top priority for nearly 70 years, ensuring that our customers can rely on McDonald’s for safe and quality food.”
However, the family was demanded for the compensation of $15 million for the damages. Their attorneys told WTVJ that the verdict on Wednesday was “fair and just.”