TOTOWA — A New Jersey man said he sustained second- and third-degree burns when he spilled a cup of Dunkin' coffee in his lap, and now wants the chain's location in this Passaic County borough to disclose exactly how hot the beverage was when served to him.
NorthJersey.com reported that a lawsuit filed by Evan Arlington and his wife, Stephanie Arlington-Macias, claims negligence in the "preparation, sale, and service" of the coffee at a Dunkin' shop on Minnisink Road in Totowa, and seeks damages to cover hospital care, medical treatments, and "pain and mental anguish."
The report said the Arlingtons would like Dunkin' to disclose the proper temperature range for its hot coffee, the temperature at which the cups they ordered were given to them, and the temperature at which coffee causes severe burns.
As cited in the NorthJersey.com report, the National Coffee Association USA says hot coffee should be brewed at 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit, just below the boiling point of water, but that most drinkers prefer to consume the beverage no hotter than 140 degrees.
The lawsuit comes almost exactly a year after a Vineland man sued a Dunkin' in that city, claiming that a drive-thru worker failed to properly secure a cup lid, leading the customer to spill the coffee and suffer second-degree burns to his thigh and groin area.
Previous notable New Jersey suits against Dunkin' were brought in 2012 and 2014.
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