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Jury awards $2.1 in Target slip and fall accident suit

Owners of businesses and public properties in Washington, D.C., are responsible for maintaining the safety of their premises. In a nearby state, however, a Target apparently failed to ensure that their store was free of hazardous conditions. A woman was just awarded $2.1 million dollars by a jury after her slip and fall accident at that location.

The incident apparently occurred when the woman was shopping at the Target and came to an area where the floor had recently been mopped. A soda bottle had fallen off a shelf and spilled all over the aisle, and Target employees apparently cleaned a large area with a substance that was very wet and soapy. While they did put up cones around the area to warn nearby shoppers, the suit alleged that the employees were rather careless with their cone placement, as the slippery area extended far beyond the part that had been cordoned off.

Apparently, as the woman was cautiously making her way around the area, the wet floor caused her to lose her footing and fall into a split. This, according to documentation, resulted in a ripped right hamstring torn out of her hip socket. The woman had to undergo surgery to repair the damage and spent a period of time recovering in a body brace to immobilize the injured leg.

While Target argued that the woman's inattention caused the fall, the jury clearly disagreed, deliberating for only a day after the three-and-a-half-day trial. The verdict was a combined $700,000 for future noneconomic damages on top of $1.4 million for past suffering. Anyone who has likewise been injured in a slip and fall accident due to hazardous conditions or negligent maintenance of any Washington, D.C., public property might find similar justice by seeking the legal counsel of an attorney with experience in premises liability cases.

Source: thelegalintelligencer.com, "Target Dealt $2.1M Verdict in Slip-and-Fall Case", P.J. D'Annunzio, March 16, 2017

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