Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 8:06 pm
Thirty-eight-year-old Victorville, California resident Selena Edwards has been charged with 21 felony counts of fraud after filing a fraudulent personal injury claim against McDonald’s Corp. Edwards alleged that an improperly-cupped coffee scalded her at a drive-through, resulting in severe burns, a statement from the California Department of Insurance showed on Monday, November 10.
According to California insurance officials, Edwards fabricated her claim by taking a picture of a burned hand from an internet website and passing it off as her own second-degree burns, and by also submitting false documentation of burn wound treatment at a California hospital.
This is the second time McDonald’s has been sued in a personal injury claim regarding severe burns from hot coffee. The first time was 20 years ago, when 79-year-old Stella Liebeck won a $2.9 million civil judgment claim in New Mexico in her case.