Woman burned by spilled coffee wins $100K from Starbucks

Mother of 3 sustained first-, second-degree burns

By Melodi Smith - Multimedia Journalist

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - A jury awarded a Jacksonville mother of three $100,000 in damages for burns she suffered when a cup of hot coffee spilled on her in the drive-thru of a Starbucks shop in Jacksonville.

The 20-ounce Venti beverage caused first- and second-degree burns to Joanne Mogavero's mid-section in the July 2014 incident.

Mogavero​ was awarded money to cover pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, inconvenience, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, her attorney Steve Earle said.

The woman also had $15,000 worth of medical bills as a result of the spill.

“My client didn’t want sympathy from the jury — she wanted justice — and the jury gave it to her with its verdict, Earle said. “It was good to see a just result."

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