Ga. woman gets $1.2 million for coffee scalding

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BUFORD, Ga.— A Cobb County jury has awarded a Buford woman $1.2 million after she said she was scalded by 190-degree water that shot out of a cappuccino machine at a QuikTrip convenience store.

Lawyer Nelson Tyrone III says the woman, 52-year-old Cynthia Nance, was burned on Halloween night in 2007 at a QuikTrip convenience store.

Atlanta attorney Valerie Pinkett, who represented QuikTrip, said the case was settled on confidential terms after the jury's verdict. She said the machine involved has been replaced with a newer model at all QuikTrip stores.

Tyrone said Nance was burned on her hand and arm as she held her cup near the machine. He said she could require an electronic implant to correct nerve damage caused by the burning.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/27/11 - 04:45 pm
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Seems pretty high to me,

Seems pretty high to me, especially when the store probably had no way of knowing the machine would do that. Did she also sue the company that made the machine? The woman hasn't been disabled from earning a living, has she? I get paying for her care and lost wages and even some pain and suffering, but why has she been set up for life?

Tort reform, NOW!

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realitycheck09 01/27/11 - 05:01 pm
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Why do you need tort reform?

Why do you need tort reform? Do you not trust the jury system?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/27/11 - 05:59 pm
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Uh, well, no, Reality. Not

Uh, well, no, Reality. Not when it comes to punitive awards that bankrupt businesses out of some feeble-minded lack of understanding regarding proportionality. IMO, juries should render verdicts regarding guilty of innocence, and judges, presumably educated, enlightened and unbiased, can decide the appropriate award. American juries are not nearly as smart or informed as they were even 30 years ago, much less 100 years ago. The smart people get excused and so many who remain are virtual idiots--with an opinion and not much in the way of critical thinking skills.

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