When many of us hear the words “McDonald’s lawsuit,” it brings to mind the McDonald’s hot coffee case of the early nineties. At the time, the suit was fodder for jokes and parodies. However, the victim in that case suffered very real injuries and damages, as have others hurt at the popular fast-food chain.
If you or your loved one sustained an injury at a McDonald’s due to negligence on the part of the restaurant or its employees, you may have a right to personal injury in Las Vegas compensation. Continue reading our injury claims guide to learn more about how to sue McDonald’s.
When Can You Sue McDonald’s for Injury Damages?
Though the McDonald’s hot coffee case mentioned above has become somewhat of a pop culture legend, the injuries involved in the 1994 case were no laughing matter. According to Reuters, the plaintiff, then 81-year-old Stella Liebeck, sustained third-degree burns over 16 percent of her body after scalding coffee spilled onto her lap.
Thirty years later, the McDonald’s Corporation reports that it serves over 63 million worldwide every day. With so many customers and the employees it takes to maintain operations, accidents are bound to occur. When injuries happen due to negligent store conditions or the negligent actions of the company and its employees, those harmed can hold the chain financially liable with an insurance claim or lawsuit.
You may have grounds to sue McDonald’s if you suffered the following:
- Burn injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Food poisoning
- Car accident injuries on store property
- Injuries caused by in-store violence or crime
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What McDonald’s Injury Compensation Can You Recover?
Every personal injury case is different, and the damages you can recover will depend on the nature of your accident, injuries, and resulting expenses. In general, a personal injury attorney with our law firm can help you pursue compensation for the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Personal property damages
- Household services, such as childcare costs
- Physical pain
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Diminished quality of life
Our wrongful death lawyers also advocate for grieving families. Financial compensation through a wrongful death action could include funeral costs, burial fees, and end-of-life care expenses.
Injured Employees May Qualify for Workers’ Compensation
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fast food workers suffer on-the-job injuries at a higher rate than other food service employees. Common workplace injuries include sprains and strains, cuts, puncture wounds, burns, broken bones, and contusions.
If you sustained an injury while working at McDonald’s, our firm’s workers’ compensation lawyers can help you apply for benefits and fight to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
How Can You Prove McDonald’s Is Liable for Your Injury?
Establishing liability means proving that another party’s negligent or wrongful actions caused your injuries and related financial losses. The four elements needed to prove negligence are as follows:
- Duty of care. The duty of care is the responsibility we owe one another to act in a manner that avoids causing injury or harm. McDonald’s has a duty of care to maintain a safe environment for its customers and employees.
- Breach of duty. A party breaches the duty of care when they act (or fail to act) in a manner most others in their situation would find reasonable.
- Causation. Causation is the link between the at-fault party’s actions and the incident that caused your injury.
- Damages. Damages are proof that your injury led to economic and non-economic losses.
The negligent party who caused your injury could be a McDonald’s employee, manager, restaurant owner, or even another customer. However, you can hold the McDonald’s Corporation liable for the negligent actions of its workers and franchisees under a legal principle known as vicarious liability. If your case warrants multiple claims, we can help with suits against all those at fault.
Examples of Negligence
You may have grounds for a negligence-based claim or lawsuit if your McDonald’s injury resulted from the following:
- Wet floors
- Greasy floors
- Broken or cracked flooring
- Obstructed walkways
- Expired or contaminated food
- Improperly stored or handled food
- Excessively hot food or beverages
- Lack of cleanliness
- Lack of lighting
- Broken equipment or machinery
- Dangerous parking lot or drive-thru lane conditions
- Failure to train or vet employees
- Lack of workplace safety procedures
- Lack of security
How Long Do You Have to Sue McDonald’s?
You benefit from getting started on your McDonald’s injury claim immediately. Your lawsuit is subject to your state’s statute of limitations for personal injury or wrongful death. If the deadlines where you live expire, the court will refuse your case, and you will likely be unable to recover fair compensation.
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Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer to Sue McDonald’s?
Taking on a large corporation like McDonald’s can be intimidating and challenging. You will be up against the resources of an international food chain restaurant and the lawyers its money can buy. You deserve to have quality legal representation behind your injury claim, as well.
When you work with our firm’s accident attorneys, we will do the following to build a robust case proving your right to compensation:
- Prove negligence using evidence, including police or accident reports, eyewitness accounts, surveillance video, and expert opinions
- Identify and calculate your losses
- Draft and file your insurance claims or lawsuits
- Communicate with involved parties on your behalf
- Protect you from bad-faith tactics or pressure to accept a lower settlement than you deserve
- Aggressively negotiate for the compensation possible
- Prepare your case for trial and represent you in civil court if necessary
You Can Afford an Attorney
Many personal injury lawyers, including those on our legal team, work on contingency. We can take your case for nothing upfront or out of pocket. We will only collect attorney’s fees if and when we win compensation for you.
Contact Van Law About Your McDonald’s Injury Claim
Van Law has more than a decade of experience representing clients in Nevada and Washington State. If you suffered an injury at a fast-food chain restaurant, our team can help you pursue economic justice.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We can tell you more about how to sue McDonald’s and how you benefit from working with our legal team.
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