Selena Edwards of Victorville, California claimed that McDonald’s coffee was so hot that it gave her hand second degree burns when an employee handed her a hot cup of coffee with a defective lid.
She presented photos as proof! The only problem is the photos were from a hospital’s website and they were photos of someone else’s injuries.
Edwards, 38 years of age, is now facing 21 felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud.
She collected $2000 from the insurance company.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones released a statement that said: “By copying legitimate burn photos from the internet, Edwards attempted to make a profit from another person’s pain and suffering and for this she will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
In 1992, 79-year old Stella Lieback sued McDonald’s for third degree burns on her legs and thighs. She was awarded $3 million but after appeals, she wound up with $640,000.
Denny’s had a similar situation which resulted in a $500,000 settlement.