Samperisi v Starbucks Coffee Co.

$3.47 million verdict

Case Synopsis:

Ms. Samperisi was awarded $3,470,670 because an espresso machine scalded her while visiting a Starbucks coffee shop. 

Burns & Harris’ client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine which exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident, and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand, resulting in chronic Stage III reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the right upper extremity.  

The jury awarded the client $3,470,670.