A US jury has ruled in favour of a mother who filed a civil lawsuit against Mcdonald's and franchise owner Upchurch Foods after a 'dangerously hot' chicken nugget left second-degree burns on her four-year-old daughter's legs.
According to the lawsuit, the mother and daughter had just bought a Happy Meal at a McDonald's drive-thru, when one of the chicken nuggets fell and got lodged between the child's leg and the car seat.
“The Chicken McNuggets inside of that Happy Meal were unreasonably and dangerously hot (in terms of temperature),” which caused her “skin and flesh around her thighs to burn,” the complaint alleged. The incident left her “disfigured and scarred.”
The jury came back with a split verdict, holding Upchurch Foods to be negligent but finding that there were no inherent defects in putting the chicken nuggets on the market.
The civil lawsuit, which was first filed in 2019 is being likened to the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit from the '90s, when a woman won a $3 million lawsuit after she dropped a coffee on her lap and suffered third-degree burns.
The case will now go to a second trial to decide on what damages will be awarded to the woman and her daughter.