Moreover, what’s important to understand about this story is that, at the time, it had immediately formed a uniformed public opinion that the woman’s claim was frivolous and that it was her own fault for spilling the coffee. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
The sloppy media grossly misrepresented the story, the woman’s injuries were quite severe, and the coffee was indeed abnormally hot. In the aftermath of the case, McDonald’s even issued a few policy changes so that the severe outcome of such accidents cannot happen again, even if the fault for spilling the hot beverage lies at the feet of the customer.
The point of the Liebeck vs. McDonald’s case is to never concern yourself with what the public opinion might see as frivolous. If that woman had not rightfully sued McDonald’s, she would have never received a just settlement, and McDonald’s would have never instituted additional safety measures.
Your only concern should be to hire the right legal representation. Only then you will be realistically able to ascertain the validity of your claim, and a number of damages you might be able to receive.
When it comes to slip and fall accidents, the first order of legal business is to determine the legal liability:
If an owner or an employee caused the creation of the dangerous, slippery surface, either by pouring something on it, or not repairing a worn or torn spot on the floor. If an owner or an employee knew about the potentially dangerous surface and didn’t fix the situation. If it’s reasonable for an owner or an employee to know about the surface by engaging in the regular maintenance of the premises.