You simply can’t fake a personal injury and go to court hoping to get rich quick or “win the lottery.” Despite what you may have seen on television, personal injury law just doesn’t work that way. Those who try to fake it inevitably get caught, face criminal charges, and sometimes go to prison. If you are truly injured by someone else’s negligence in Pasadena, Los Angeles, or anywhere else in southern California, discuss your case right away with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.
More than twenty years ago, a New Mexico woman, Stella Leibeck, filed a claim against McDonald’s for third-degree burns after hot coffee allegedly spilled in her lap at a McDonald’s drive-through. Ms. Leibeck initially was awarded $2.86 million, but a judge later reduced the amount to $640,000, and ultimately the woman settled out of court with McDonald’s. More than two decades later, a woman in Victorville tried to tell the same story, but this time, she made it up, and she’s in serious legal hot water. Selena Edwards claimed that she sustained burns on her hands from McDonald’s coffee, and she even produced photographs. Detectives, however, say she downloaded the pictures from a hospital’s website. Ms. Edwards was indicted on twenty-one felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud.
Fraud happens, but people still get injured in restaurants – really injured – by hot beverages, food poisoning, or by slipping and falling on spilled liquids. If your injury is genuine, you have a legal right to be reimbursed for your medical expenses, lost income, and other injury-related damages. If you are injured because of another person’s negligence in a restaurant or anywhere else in Pasadena or the greater Los Angeles area, seek medical treatment at once and then consult as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.