Mother Sues McDonald's for Hot Chocolate Spill

Daughter received severe burns, according to the lawsuit

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 7:29 AM CDT
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A west suburban mother is suing McDonald's, blaming them for burning her daughter with hot chocolate.

Vicki LaRocco ordered a hot chocolate from a Schiller Park drive-thru window on April 28, 2009 but says the lid wasn't secured, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The lawsuit alleges that because workers failed to fasten the lid to the cup the hot drink spilled onto her daughter burning and scarring her, according to the suit.

The Northlake woman is claiming the fast-food giant should have known the drink would be too hot to consume.

McDonald's faced a similar lawsuit nearly two decades ago.

In 1994, a woman sued the company for burns she received after coffee she bought from a drive-thru window spilled in her lap. She initially won more than $2 million for her suffering, but a judge later reduced it.

LaRocco's lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.

McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud refused to comment. "At this time, these are just allegations," Proud said.

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