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Money He says he shattered his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart. A jury awarded him $7.5 million.

18:20  12 november  2017
18:20  12 november  2017 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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A jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million . When he turned, the 59-year-old fell, breaking his hip . Walker sued Walmart over the 2015 incident, and an Alabama jury has ruled that he should be awarded $ 7 . 5 million .

A jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million . When he turned, the 59-year-old fell, breaking his hip . Walker sued Walmart over the 2015 incident, and an Alabama jury has ruled that he should be awarded $ 7 . 5 million .

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An Alabama jury awarded him $ 7 . 5 million . U.S. Army veteran Henry Walker was making an attempt to purchase a watermelon at a Walmart in Alabama when his foot acquired caught in a picket pallet.

Army veteran Henry Walker was trying to buy a watermelon at a Walmart in Alabama when his foot got stuck in a wooden pallet. When he turned, the 59-year-old fell, breaking his hip.

Walker sued Walmart over the 2015 incident, and an Alabama jury has ruled that he should be awarded $7.5 million.

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An Alabama jury has awarded $ 7 . 5 million to a man who says he broke his hip buying a watermelon at WalMart . Henry Walker, 61, says his foot became trapped in a pallet beneath a box of watermelons as he reached for one in 2015.

“We are disappointed in the verdict,” said the spokesman, Randy Hargrove. “We appreciate the jury’s service, however we believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts of this case.”

The incident unfolded June 25, 2015, when Walker went to a Walmart store in Phenix City, Ala., according to court documents.

Watermelon © Kevin J. Kilmer/Bloomberg News Watermelon

Walker reached to pick a melon from a display, and his foot became lodged in the pallet under the watermelon container. He turned, unaware that the pallet was there, and fell and shattered his hip, court documents state.

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When he turned, the 59-year-old fell, breaking his hip . Walker sued Walmart over the 2015 incident, and an Alabama jury has ruled that he should be awarded $ 7 . 5 million .

The jury deliberated for about two hours late Wednesday before ruling in favor of Walker, awarding him $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

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Jurors reviewed security footage from the store and saw that Walker wasn’t the only person to get his foot stuck in the side openings of a wooden pallet on the floor, O’Hara said.

Hargrove, the Walmart spokesman, said he could not comment on the use of wooden pallets or the chain’s safety procedures, saying the case is an “ongoing matter” since the company plans to appeal.

O’Hara told AL.com that the incident “completely changed Henry Walker’s life.” Among other things, the Army veteran who used to play basketball three days a week now needs to use a walker, he said.

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