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McDonalds, Hot Coffee, and What You Need to Know: Part I

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Everyone knows about the McDonald’s Hot Coffee case. Or so they think.

How much do you really know about what happened when an elderly lady spilled a steaming cup of hot coffee on her lap back in 1992?

On Monday night, June 28 at 9 PM, HBO will air a documentary, HOT COFFEE, that tells the story of what really happened.

You will be able to see for yourself the photographs of the horrific injuires that were caused; you will learn about the efforts that were made to get McDonald’s simply to pay her medical bills; and you will find out the testimony that the jury heard and what led them to hold that McDonalds had willfully disregarded the safety of its customers.

You will also be able to discover how the insurance industry and big businesses have spun this tale into a national campaign for "tort reform," unneeded reform that diminishes our constitutional rights. As Ralph Nader predicted many years ago, access to the courthouse and justice is being taken away from the little guy, piece by piece.

And now, North Carolina —-which according to recent study is the 3rd most difficult state (behind only Alsaka and Hawaii) for an injured party to recover deserved compensation—has enacted stringent new measures that will make it even more difficult for the innocent victim to be treated fairly. Guess our legislators thought it was important for us to be #1 in something, too bad it isn’t education where we lag in the bottom 20%.

The new NC tort reform law goes into effect October 1, 2011. If you are the victim of an accident before that date, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. More details in my next blog.

Watch Hot Coffee and decide for yourself what you would have done had you heard all the evidence. You may be surprised at the result.