Mehalick’s attorney declined to comment on the case.
Mehalick suffered severe and permanent burns as a result of the spill resulting so far in $21,000 in medical expenses, the lawsuit alleges. She is requesting an unspecified amount for past and future medical expenses and attorney fees.
Chick-fil-A is just the latest fast food chain to be sued after incidents with hot beverages. A Colorado woman sued Starbucks in 2017 after a cup of hot tea spilled onto her through a drive-thru window.
Cases such as those have precedent that dates back to 1994. That year, McDonalds initially had to pay a customer more than $2 million after a cup of coffee spilled in her lap while she was at a drive-thru. A judge later reduced that amount and both parties settled for $600,000.
A documentary about the case called "Hot Coffee" was released in 2011.