Walmart Owes Man $7.5 Million After He Fell Buying Watermelon

Walmart owes a retired Army sergeant $7.5 million after he tripped and fell buying watermelon at their location in 2015.

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Then 59-year-old Henry Walker got his foot caught in a wooden palette at the Phenix City Walmart while purchasing the delicacy. His fall resulted in a broken foot and hip.

The Ledger-Inquirer writes that Walker “was awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages by the seven-black, five-white member jury.”

“I think this jury appreciated what Mr. Walker went through and they compensated him accordingly,” said David Rayfield of Waldrep Mullin & Callahan LLC, one of the legal representatives for the injured party. “This is a great verdict for the community because this jury wanted to make sure it was safe for shoppers.”

Charlie Gower, lead attorney for Walker, said that the verdict was fair.

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“…Walmart just didn’t care,” he said. “They should have had something to cover up that pallet so someone’s foot couldn’t get caught in it, and they didn’t.”

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