An Alabama man was awarded $7.5 million in damages after falling and breaking his hip in his local Walmart.
Jefferson County, AL- Falls in the home, in a store, or on the pavement typically involve bumps, bruises or scrapes, but sometimes a person is hurt badly in fall. That is what happened to an Alabama man who was awarded $7.5 million for a broken hip that occurred when he tripped and fell in a Walmart store.
Jury Awards Alabama Man $7.5 M for Broken Hip
In 2015, Henry Walker was picking out a watermelon from one of the large cardboard displays used by grocery and retail store to display large produce and merchandise. Walker was unaware there was a wooden pallet under the box as he stepped closer to the display. When he turned to put the fruit in his cart, his foot, which slid between two pieces of wood, got caught and he fell.
Walker broke his hip and suffered other injuries. Now, he uses a walker to get around.
During the civil trial, jurors watched surveillance video of other shoppers getting their foot caught in the wood pallet. The injury attorney representing Walker told AL.com that he hopes the judgment, in this case, will inspire the retail store to use pallet guards.
Walker’s lawsuit claimed wantonness and negligence on Walmart’s behalf. The jury found Walmart liable on both counts and awarded Walker $2.5 million in economic damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
In a statement to AL.com, a spokesperson for Walmart said the award amount was excessive. They maintain that the display is safe and insists Walker was negligent.
Walmart plans to appeal the verdict.
The High Cost of Falls
Falls account for a large proportion of accidental injuries that occur in the home, the workplace or the businesses we visit. Not all falls result in severe injuries as experienced by the man in the case discussed above, but there is always a possibility they will.
Facts about accidental falls:
One out of five falls results in severe injuries such as head trauma and broken bones. (CDC)
The annual estimated costs of accidental falls are $31 billion. (CDC)
More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling. (CDC)
Falls are a common cause of traumatic brain injuries. (CDC)
Call an Accident Lawyer in Alabama
Some people fall because they’re just clumsy, but some falls are the direct result of another person’s carelessness. If you slip and fall on a wet floor, trip on an obstruction in the floor, you might have a valid personal injury claim. To find out if you are eligible for compensation for your economic damages, we urge you to speak to an accident attorney in Jefferson County, Alabama.
USAttorneys has a localized search tool that you can use to find an attorney near your home. We have legal teams across Alabama ready to work on your case. They understand the negative impact an unexpected injury