Retired Sgt Henry Walker was 59 in June 2015, when he went to Walmart for shopping in Phenix city, Alabama. As he went to reach watermelon his leg got stuck in the side of a wooden pallet under the display. That led him to fall and break his hip according to court documents.
The members of the jury were shown the video footage were other customers also caught their feet in the pallet.
According to Walker’s attorney Shaun O’Hara, the injury has changed the life of his client permanently. His client used to play basketball at least 3 days a week but now it is very difficult for him to even walk. Now he must get a walker to move around.
Shaun O’Hara sued Walmart for negligence and wantonness, arguing that the store had not kept its premises reasonably safe.
An Alabama jury has decided that Walker has broke his hip while picking out the watermelon and he should be awarded 7.5 million.
This past Wednesday, the jury awarded Walker $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Walmart has called those amounts “excessive in light of the facts” and said it plans to appeal the decision.