Man Slips on Walmart Watermelon Display, Jury Awards Him $7.5M


Walker, 59 at the time of the incident, was awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages by the seven-black, five-white member jury.

However, WP writes that Walmart plans to appeal.

Army veteran Henry Walker was trying to buy a watermelon at a Walmart in Alabama when his foot got stuck in a wooden pallet.

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An Alabama man who said he broke his hip shopping for watermelon at a Walmart in 2015 chose to sue the retailer. That led him to fall and shatter his hip, according to court documents described by The Washington Post.

"It was a fair verdict because Walmart just didn't care", attorney Charlie Gower told the Ledger-Enquirer. He sued Walmart on both a negligence claim and a wantonness claim - the jury was in favor of Walker on each.

The Associated Press reports that Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove said on Thursday that the company thinks Walker was awarded too much money and they're planning on appealing the decision. Walmart maintains that the pallet was not risky, and, according to court filings, has not changed its display.

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Shaun O'Hara, one of Walker's attorneys, said that Walker now has to use a walker.

A Russell County Circuit Court jury returned a $7.5 million verdict late Wednesday against retail giant Walmart at its Phenix City store. In fact, the same displays are still used, it said.

Walmart says there is nothing unsafe about the display, which is used at stores around the country.

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