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