Woman sues Starbucks after suffering burns from spilled hot coffee

HOUSTON, TX (WCMH) — When Katherine Mize bought a cup of coffee from Starbucks one morning, she says she didn’t know it would change her life.

“She handed it to me with her hand over the top and dropped it,” she told KTRK. “I caught it and so it squooshed, the top had come off, and it squooshed all over everywhere and all over me. It was so hot that I jumped out of the car.”

Mize still has the scars from the burns and says she missed a month of work because of her injuries.

“It is not reasonable to go buy a cup of coffee and get your skin scalded off of you,” she said.

She and her attorney says they tried to communicate with Starbucks, but the company hasn’t answered. So, she is suing Starbucks and the employee who she says did nothing after she was screaming in pain from the dropped coffee.

“If you make a mess you clean it up,” Mize’s attorney Brian Humphrey told KTRK. “If you injure somebody and it’s your fault, you make it right. And if you don’t, that’s what the courts are for.”

Mize says she knows she will be criticized for the lawsuit, but says it is too important to her to let that stop her from seeking justice.

“If this had happened to a child or someone wearing shorts or someone with diabetes,” said Mize, “I’m not sure they would have survived having their skin fall off of them and have no skin on you for a month.”

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