Woman burned by Starbucks coffee awarded $100K

Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network Updated: May 19, 2017 at 7:58 am • Published: May 19, 2017 0
photo - FILE - This Dec. 20, 2010 file photo shows signage at a Starbucks store in New York. The Seattle chain said it will serve “affogato” varieties of hot or cold coffee over ice cream at 100 stores in Orange County, California, starting Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, with pricier versions sold at 10 locations with its “reserve” bars. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE - This Dec. 20, 2010 file photo shows signage at a Starbucks store in New York. The Seattle chain said it will serve “affogato” varieties of hot or cold coffee over ice cream at 100 stores in Orange County, California, starting Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, with pricier versions sold at 10 locations with its “reserve” bars. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A Florida woman who was severely burned after the lid popped off a cup of Starbucks coffee and spilled on her lap was awarded $100,000 for her injuries Thursday. 

Joanne Mogavero, a mother of three, sustained first and second degree burns on her mid-section after the lid popped off a 20-ounce cup of coffee in 2014, pouring 190-degree liquid in her lap, according to a statement from Morgan & Morgan attorneys, who represented Mogavero. 

Mogavero's attorney argued that Starbucks should warn its customers that the lids can pop off. According to the statement, a Starbucks representative testified during the trial that the coffee company receives 80 complaints a month about issues with lids popping off or leaking. 

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