Children’s Hospital of New Orleans sued after autistic child allegedly sustains burns

Tia Benton Dec. 20, 2012, 12:04pm

NEW ORLEANS – The parents of seven-year-old autistic child allegedly scalded with hot cappuccino in the cafeteria of Children’s Hospital are suing the facility for damages.

Maya Turner and Kevin Minor Jr., on behalf of their minor child, filed a lawsuit against Children’s Hospital Foundation of New Orleans (CHNO) in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Oct.24.

The plaintiff alleges that after a customer in the cafeteria of CHNO accidentally spilled hot cappuccino on the head, face, neck, shoulders and back of her seven-year-old autistic son, an employee of the defendant encouraged the patron who spilled the hot liquid to leave the scene without leaving any contact information. The plaintiff also claims that the covers for cups of cappuccino were placed too far away from the cappuccino machine, which is the reason the accident transpired and the plaintiff’s son was injured.

The defendant is accused of negligently locating the covers in an unsafe position from the cappuccino machine, failing to exercise reasonable care and keep café in reasonable safe condition, breaching the duty to preserve and prevent the spoliation of evidence and intentional spoliation of evidence.

An unspecified amount is sought for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement and scarring, and medical expenses.

The plaintiff is represented by Clement P. Donelon of Metairie, LA.

This case has been assigned to Division D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.

Case no. 2012-10047.

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