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Man awarded $7.5m after breaking hip while buying watermelon from Walmart

13 November 2017, 07:42 | Jodi Jackson

Man awarded $7.5m after breaking hip while buying watermelon from Walmart

FILE Walmart promises to appeal a recent ruling in Alabama that awarded $7.5 million to a man who claimed he was injured buying watermelons in a store

"We appreciate the jury's service, however we believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts in this case".

Walmart plans to appeal.

"Walmart continues to display watermelons in the same manner as it did on June 25, 2015", the Arkansas-based company in a court filing on Wednesday.

Henry Walker's foot got stuck after he stepped on a wooden pallet to get one of the fruits in July 2015.


A man who fell while purchasing a watermelon at Walmart has been awarded $7.5 million by a Russell County jury, AL.com reports. That led him to fall and shatter his hip, according to court documents described by The Washington Post. Walmart maintains that the pallet was not risky, and, according to court filings, has not changed its display. He sued Walmart on both a negligence claim and a wantonness claim - the jury was in favor of Walker on each.

"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 said, calling the award "reasonable".

"We are disappointed in the verdict", Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

"I think this jury appreciated what Mr". Walker's attorney told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Walmart should have covered the pallet to avoid hazard. The Army veteran used to play basketball with friends three times a week, but now has to use a walker. "This is a great verdict for the community because this jury wanted to make sure it was safe for shoppers".



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