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Subway Soup Severely Burns Woman, Lawsuit Claims

​A Miami-Dade woman says that the soup she bought from Subway scalded her thigh, hip, and buttocks so extensively that she had to rush to the hospital -- and undergo emergency treatment for second-degree burns, according to a recently filed lawsuit.  
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On July 30, Claudia Vargas purchased soup and a sub from the Hollywood sandwich store, located at 6582 Taft St.

When she returned to her car, she tried to take the soup out of the bag. But the container was too full and the lid was not attached correctly, so the soup spilled on her lap, Vargas says. 

Because the soup was extremely hot, 23-year old Vargas says that she suffered from second-degree burns that will leave her with permanent scarring.

The Pulp has acquired a photo of Vargas' injuries, but has posted it after the jump because of the disturbing nature of the image. 
​Richard Lydecker, the lawyer representing Subway, says that his client did nothing wrong. 

"The investigation is still ongoing, but this soup was not any hotter than soup served normally," Lydecker tells the Pulp. "There was nothing special about this soup." 

Lydecker insiststhat the soup was cooked and served at a reasonable temperature.

"I mean, soup is hot. And people want their soup hot. You're not supposed to spill it on yourself. My client just wanted to serve a good tasting, hot soup. He looks forward to exonerating himself in court."

Still, Vargas stands by her claim, and insists that Subway was negligent in how it prepped, marketed, and served her the soup.


Medical records furnished to the Pulp by Vargas' representative confirm that Vargas had to go to the emergency room after the accident, where she was given antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and topical ointment for the wounds.

A plastic surgeon who examined Vargas shortly after the accident has said that chances for full recovery are grim: The burns will take at least 6 months to heal. And, "despite laser intervention, the patient will always have some residual scarring," medical documents note. 

Vargas thinks that this could have been avoided if Subway hadn't served overly hot soup -- or if she'd had some kind of warning that the soup would be scalding and hazardous.  

Vargas is suing Subway, in hopes of getting money for her medical bills. 


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