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Man awarded $7.5M for Walmart watermelon accident

Georgia big box shoppers may have heard that an Alabama jury awarded $7.5 million to a man who injured while shopping at Walmart. The 61-year-old man reportedly had his foot become trapped under a pallet that contained a box of watermelons as he was trying to grab one in 2015. He fell, causing his hip to break.

The man's attorney had argued that the company should have made the display safer by shoppers by covering the pallet. The retail giant, on the other hand, maintained that the display was not dangerous for customers and that the injury was entirely the fault of the customer. After the jury announced the award, the company said that it felt that the verdict was excessive and that it would be appealing it.

In a statement that was filed on Nov. 8, the company said that it continued to display their watermelons in the same way as it did when the incident occurred in 2015. Further, the displays come from the producer ready to be put out on the sales floor.

When slip and fall accidents occur on commercial property, it is possible that the commercial retailer is responsible for the injuries and other damages suffered by the injured person. This is because property owners are responsible for ensuring that the premises are safe and secure for visitors. As such, they have a responsibility to mitigate any potential unsafe conditions through signage or design. If an accident does occur, a personal injury attorney may represent the injured person by filing a lawsuit against the retailer. In many cases, the attorney may attempt to negotiate with the other party to come to an agreement before litigating.

Source: Fortune, "Jury Awards $7.5M to Man For Walmart Watermelon Injury", Chris Morris, Nov. 10, 2017

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