Has this decade’s McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit arrived? A Cleburne woman has sued the Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones for third-degree burns to her buttocks that she says she received from sitting on a marble bench outside of Cowboys Stadium.
Jennelle Carrillo spent nearly a week at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas undergoing skin grafts, according to Mike Wash, her Austin-based attorney.
“It was hot enough to produce third-degree burns through her clothing that day,” Wash told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “She did not stay for the scrimmage. I’m surprised there aren’t more reports of burn injuries from sitting on those dark black benches.”
The lawsuit, filed in a Tarrant County District Court, alleges that the combination of black marble and 100-degree temperatures caused the bench to become “extremely hot and unreasonably dangerous.”
“No signs were posted at or near the bench warning persons not sit on it,” the filing says. “Defendants breached their duty of care by both failing to make the condition safe and failing to adequately warn the plaintiff.”
According to Wash, Carrillo was wearing full-length pants when she sustained the burns.
The incident occurred before the Blue & Silver Debut scrimmage in August 2010.
“It’s amazing that we are now responsible for the Texas sun,” the Cowboy’s attorney Levi McCathern told ABC News. “Unfortunately, even lawsuits like this have to be defended.”
The team has until September 4 to respond to the claims.
READ Carrillo’s lawsuit below: