Florida Woman Falsely Claimed She Slipped And Fell On Watery Substance
Slip and fall accidents occur every day. You have probably read stories of a person entering a store and slipping and falling on a slippery substance or some other dangerous condition on the property.
Florida Woman Fraudulently Claimed She Slipped and Fell At Target Store
Recently, a 38-year-old Lake Worth woman claimed that she slipped and fell while shopping at Target. The woman attempted to file a premises liability claim against the store. After further investigation into the woman’s claim, however, the store realized that the woman was lying.
Investigators reviewed surveillance video from the store at the time of the alleged incident. The video showed that the woman just sat down on the floor. This is hardly the type of slip and fall incident that merits an action for damages against the store. Apparently, the woman thought she would be able to recover something from the store because she told an employee that she slipped on a “watery substance.” She claimed that she suffered various injuries to her back, legs and neck. Paramedics came to the store, but did not transport her to the hospital.
After the incident, the woman, who had been speaking to her mother in Dutch, told her mother that she just sat down. Unfortunately for the woman, a Target employee, who happens to also speak Dutch, overheard the conversation. Another employee investigated the area where the incident occurred and did not notice any “watery substance” on the floor. The woman now faces insurance fraud charges and is in the Palm Beach County jail, pending bail.
Premises Liability Lawsuits
If you suffer injuries as a result of a slipping and falling on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim to recover damages for your injuries. This type of claim is known as a premises liability claim. The owner of the property has a duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, free from dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the owner of the property must also warn others if a dangerous condition exists. Even if the property owner did not know of the dangerous condition, you still may be able to recover damages if the property owner should have known of the condition.
It is important to remember, however, that just because an accident occurs on another’s property, the owner of the property is not automatically liable for any injuries sustained. An experienced Miami premises liability attorney can help investigate your case and advise you on your rights.
Contact a Miami Slip and Fall Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, a Miami premises liability attorney can help you with your case. Contact a Miami slip and fall attorney at the Perez-Gurri Law Firm for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Our office is located in Coral Gables, Florida.