ORLANDO — A couple is suing The Gap Stores Inc., a foreign corporation, citing alleged negligence.

Paul Van Leeuwen and Euphemia Houdijk filed a complaint on Oct. 18, in the Orange Circuit Court against The Gap Stores Inc. alleging that the foreign corporation failed to exercise standard care.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, on Jan. 24, 2012, Paul Van Leeuwen and Euphemia Houdijk went into defendant's Banana Republic store in Orlando to shop for shoes. Unbeknownst to him then, the shoe he was offered to try on had pins sticking through the bottom of the shoe, which pierced his left heel and heel bone, causing a serious injury and recurrent infection of his left foot and leg. Additionally, he suffered from disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of earnings and aggravation of a previously existing condition. More so, plaintiff Euphemia had to endure the lost care, comfort and consortium of her husband.

The plaintiffs hold The Gap Stores Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to warn plaintiff of the dangerous condition of the shoe, failed to inspect an item before passing on to a customer, and failed to properly train its employees to standard procedure when engaging with a customer.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for damages in excess of $15,000 against defendant. They are represented by Barry S. Friedman of The Friedman Law Firm PA in Boca Raton.

Orange Circuit Court Case number 6:16-cv-01802

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