Money He says he shattered his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart. A jury awarded him $7.5 million.

16:56  12 november  2017
16:56  12 november  2017 Source:   The Washington Post

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A jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million . The inside track on Washington politics. Army veteran Henry Walker was trying to buy a watermelon at a Walmart in Alabama when his foot got stuck in a wooden pallet.

Updated: 11:52 AM CST Nov 10, 2017. Jury awards $ 7 . 5 million to man hurt buying a watermelon at Walmart . An Alabama man who said he tripped and broke his hip while buying a watermelon at a Walmart store has won a $ 7 . 5 million verdict in his lawsuit against the retailer.

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Army veteran Henry Walker was trying to buy a watermelon at a Walmart in Alabama when his foot got stuck in a wooden pallet. When he turned, the 59-year-old fell, breaking his hip . Walker sued Walmart over the 2015 incident, and an Alabama jury has ruled that he should be awarded

An Alabama jury awarded $ 7 . 5 million to a man who broke his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart . When he turned back to his shopping cart, his foot stuck, he fell and shattered his hip . The Army veteran was 59 at the time.

Army veteran Henry Walker was trying to buy a watermelon at a Walmart in Alabama when his foot got stuck in a wooden pallet. When he turned, the 59-year-old fell, breaking his hip.

Walker sued Walmart over the 2015 incident, and an Alabama jury has ruled that he should be awarded $7.5 million.

“You don’t expect to go into a grocery store walking fine on your two feet and come out on a stretcher,” Walker’s attorney Shaun O’Hara told AL.com.

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An Alabama jury awarded $ 7 . 5 million to a man who broke his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart . When he turned back to his shopping cart, his foot stuck, he fell and shattered his hip . The Army veteran was 59 at the time.

He says he shattered his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart . A jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million . Washington PostWalmart shopper hurt while buying melon wins $ 7 . 5 M verdict CBS NewsMan Settles With Walmart for $ 7 . 5 Million After Falling While Reaching for a Watermelon

“We are disappointed in the verdict,” said the spokesman, Randy Hargrove. “We appreciate the jury’s service, however we believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts of this case.”

The incident unfolded June 25, 2015, when Walker went to a Walmart store in Phenix City, Ala., according to court documents.

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Walker reached to pick a melon from a display, and his foot became lodged in the pallet under the watermelon container. He turned, unaware that the pallet was there, and fell and shattered his hip, court documents state.

He sued the retail giant on claims of negligence and wantonness. Attorneys presented the case Tuesday and Wednesday in Russell County Circuit Court.

Walmart had a responsibility to its customers to provide a safe environment and should have known the pallet could cause an injury, his lawyers argued. But the company said the display was not dangerous, according to a Wednesday court filing.

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Alabama jury awards $ 7 . 5 million to a man who says he broke his hip buying a watermelon at WalMart . A Wal - Mart Everyday Low Price sign for watermelons and other produce is displayed in Torrance, California, U.S., on Sept. 12, 2012.

A jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million on Thursday. Walmart plans to appeal the ruling. Henry Walker, a 59-year-old Army veteran, might be awarded $ 7 . 5 million after he broke a hip while shopping at a Wal - Mart in Alabama, according to AL.com.

The jury deliberated for about two hours late Wednesday before ruling in favor of Walker, awarding him $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

“I think this jury appreciated what Mr. Walker went through and they compensated him accordingly,” another one of his attorneys, David Rayfield, told the Ledger-Enquirer. “This is a great verdict for the community because this jury wanted to make sure it was safe for shoppers.”

Jurors reviewed security footage from the store and saw that Walker wasn’t the only person to get his foot stuck in the side openings of a wooden pallet on the floor, O’Hara said.

Hargrove, the Walmart spokesman, said he could not comment on the use of wooden pallets or the chain’s safety procedures, saying the case is an “ongoing matter” since the company plans to appeal.

O’Hara told AL.com that the incident “completely changed Henry Walker’s life.” Among other things, the Army veteran who used to play basketball three days a week now needs to use a walker, he said.

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He says he shattered his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart . A jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million . Washington PostWalmart shopper hurt while buying melon wins $ 7 . 5 M verdict CBS NewsMan Settles With Walmart for $ 7 . 5 Million After Falling While Reaching for a Watermelon

An Alabama man who said he tripped and broke his hip while buying a watermelon at a Walmart store has won a $ 7 . 5 million verdict in his lawsuit against the retailer.

“He is no longer able to do everyday activities that many of us take for granted,” the attorney said.

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