Sorry Bill, but I disagree. The example is just as good. If she was too decrepit to hold her coffee, then she should not have ordered it. The driver, her son, then, should have known better than to give his old mother something on which to hurt herself.
Further, since she wasn't driving, then both hands should have been free to hold the coffee.
Never the less, without the brewer for the coffee, the coffee wouldn't have been hot at all, therefore, the maker of that unit should also be responsible. If the coffee company would have refused to sell McDonalds the grounds, then they wouldn't have had coffee to sell, so they also have a hand in this woman's burns. What about the company that made the cup, aren't they also responsible, since they couldn't have sold her the coffee without that. Hey, the car manufacturer has responsibility too, since without the car she wouldn't have been able to be riding around in one to spill the coffee to begin with. And, what about the builders of the building itself? Without that, they couldn't even have brewed the coffee to begin with. And, the electric company...Let's not forget the part they played in all of this.
So, you see, we can blame all kinds of people and really be moronic about this. The lawyers were the big winners in all of this, though. They have a good way of making non-issues into issues, like the temperature that the coffee. That is not the issue and they hoodwinked you right into believing that it is.
The issue is: when something bad befalls you due to your own action or inaction, then it is simply your own fault. But, fortunately Bill, we have guys like you who are willing to believe that everyone else is at fault for someone too dimwitted to hold a cup of coffee...Even with a chaperone! Sad. It is this very point of view that makes our society a bunch of crap. So bad, in fact, that a site about tricks with lighters has to be shut down because, as we all know, it is that sites fault for any ill that befalls us due to a lighter.
If you do something stupid, you are at fault and not a web site (or McDonalds), and I don't really care what 12 morons on a jury think because some high paid idiot uses smoke and mirrors to hide the truth. Take responsibility for your own actions.