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San Diego Jury Awards Client $145,000 In Mcdonald’s Coffee Spill

By Omid Rejali, Esq.

On October 23, 2019, a San Diego Jury awarded my client $145,000 for injuries she suffered when a McDonald’s employee failed to securely fasten the lid on a cup of coffee at the drive through window.

This is one of the more enjoyable trials that I’ve had so far because McDonald’s was refusing to accept any responsibility for their conduct and was blaming my client. The truth is, they thought because of all of the propaganda that they had created surrounding the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee spill case back in the 90’s, that they were going to be able to play into people’s bias. As we know now, that did not work. Here’s my interpretation of why it did not work.

Our jury system is the BEST system that we have in the world. No other countries system of justice comes even close to the jury system we have developed. The jury collectively has a lot of power when making a decision on behalf of other members of our community, and when our jury members come together and serve on a jury they are there to do what is RIGHT and JUST.

On October 23, 2019, they did exactly that. The essence of each verdict comes from our fundamental need to feel connected to something bigger and to help one another. As human beings, we all want to feel connected with one another and help each other. When someone has done something wrong, as McDonald’s had done in this case, when the truth is revealed, our jury members ALWAYS do the right thing.

The unfortunate thing is, wrongdoers, many times don’t want to accept responsibility. And that is why, I do what I do. When someone has committed a wrong, they should accept FULL responsibility for their conduct, or they should face a jury of their peers and explain themselves. Reality is, most the times, it’s not the wrongdoer that is refusing to accept responsibility, it is the insurance company and their attorneys who are trying to protect their MONEY coffins.

Justice was served on October 23, 2019 and I am happy to have been part of it.

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