Parents sue McDonalds after harmful chicken nugget disfigures four-year-old

The parents of a four-year-old girl left "disfigured and scarred" after a trip to McDonald's are suing the fast food chain and its franchisee.

Mum Philana Holmes and dad Humberto Caraballo Estevez are seeking $15,000 (£11,870) in damages after Olivia Holmes' thigh was burned by a piping hot Chicken McNugget on August 21, 2019.

They argue McDonald's served a nugget that was "defective, harmful and unfit for human handling".

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Philana told a court in Florida, US, she heard Olivia screaming as she pulled out of the McDonald's drive-thru. She found the scorching nugget lodged between the seatbelt and her daughter's thigh when she pulled over.

The lawsuit reads: "The Chicken McNuggets inside of that Happy Meal were unreasonably and dangerously hot (in terms of temperature) and caused Olivia Holmes's skin and flesh around her thighs to burn."

It adds she was left "disfigured and scarred".

Jordan Redavid, the family's lawyer, argued McDonald's and the franchisee should have warned them about the dangers of the six-piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal.

He even brought a Happy Meal box into the courtroom, according to Local 10, saying: "The reasonable, foreseeable, intended use is for a child to handle this box. The law implies a promise from a corporation to, in this case, a child.

"And if it's preventable, it's warnable, you should warn someone about it, and if you don't do that then you're liable."

Scott Young, representing McDonald's, said: "Ms Holmes purchased 32 chicken McNuggets that day. The evidence will show that 31 of them, there was no problem with.

"In fact, Olivia dropped six on her lap, and she has one burn, and that's the one location where the McNugget was trapped by the seatbelt for two minutes.

"The Chicken McNuggets are not defective, they are not unreasonably dangerous, they are not dangerously hot, and there is no negligence."

The hearing continues.

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