A woman is suing Korean Air in New York State court for “grievous” coffee burns to her groin that her lawsuit claims left her permanently disabled.
Korean Air Faces Another Hot Coffee Lawsuit…Passenger Says She Is Now Lame And Permanently Disabled
The lawsuit claims that on October 8, 2023, a flight attendant spilled coffee on Yanling Yu during a flight from New York (JFK) to Seoul (ICN).
“The flight attendant…negligently spilled a coffee cup of boiling hot coffee on plaintiff’s lap, causing her to sustain grievous personal injuries near her genital area, with attendant special damage.”
The lawsuit further claims that the accident made U lame and disabled and as a result she has racked up high medical bills:
“Yu has become sick, sore, lame and disabled, has sustained severe and serious injuries, has suffered and will continue to suffer severe mental and nervous shock with accompanying pain, has required medical treatment and was and will be unable to attend to her usual duties for a long period of time; was obliged to and did expend large sums of money for medical care and attention and will be required to expend additional sums of money for medical care in the future to attend to her injuries which she believes to be of a permanent nature.”
Her attorney wants to reduce this case to a simple Montreal Convention strict liability case…in essence, because it occurred onboard by a Korean Air employee, they are responsible.
But unlike past lawsuits (and Korean Air has been sued for this very issue in the past), there is no narrative offered as to what actually happened. How did the flight attendant negligently spill coffee on her? Was it served during turbulence? Was it carelessly left on a tray? Served full to the brim without a lid?
While I understand the legal theory at play (a defendant is accountable regardless of intention), I would certainly like to know how this happened. Because if she dropped it on her lap after the flight attendant handed it to her, I am not comfortable blaming the flight attendant.
That said, I do think airline should serve coffee with lids…one big lawsuit could more than make up for the annual cost of these onboard.
You can read the compliant here.