Florida woman awarded $100G for Starbucks coffee spill


A Florida woman burned by a Starbucks coffee received $100,000 for the injuries she sustained from the 20-ounce cup of coffee.

A jury ordered Starbucks to pay up - to the tune of $100,000 - after a woman was burned when the lid on her coffee cup came off in her vehicle and the hot coffee burned her.

The 43-year-old mom was at a Starbucks drive-thru in July 2014 when she ordered the Venti Pike's Place coffee.

Mogavero was awarded money to cover pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, inconvenience, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, her attorney Steve Earle said. The slip led to the scalding, 190-degree beverage to pour on her lap, her attorneys said in a statement.

She suffered permanent scarring as a result.

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Her lawyers had accused the coffee chain house of negligence and said its employees should take the responsibility to warn customers before offering them hot drinks.

In a statement, Ms Mogavero's legal team said a Starbucks representative had testified during the court hearing in Duval County, Florida, that the company gets 80 complaints a month about problems with lids popping off or leaking. Still, Starbucks argued that it "would not be relevant" to warn customers of the risk.

A Starbucks spokesperson emailed, "As we said in trial, we stand behind our store partners (employees) in this case and maintain that they did nothing wrong".

HuffPost contacted Starbucks and Mogavero for comment Saturday morning.