US teen sues McDonald's for $2.4 million after burning herself on water

Ljubljana, Slovenia - September 3, 2011: Close-up of McDonalds outdoor sign with  typical rounded yellow M letter against cloudless blue sky. Sign is positioned on the left side of image.
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A teenager in the United States in suing McDonalds in Portland, Oregon for $2.4 million after she allegedly received second-degree burns from a cup of hot water.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the 14-year-old girl's mother in the state of Oregon, and states she was burnt on July 29, 2017.

According to the case report, the scalding water was spilt on her abdomen and lower body. Nine News reports that her lawyer claims she had significant scarring due to the spillage. 

Twenty-six years ago, a similar case went before the courts in which a 79-year-old woman named Stella Liebeck was awarded US$3 million after she spilt coffee on herself.

It was hotly debated across the world, as she argued that the coffee cup did not provide warning of its temperature.

As a result, all McDonald's hot beverage containers now say 'Warning: Hot Contents'.