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$2.1M Verdict Awarded in Target Slip-and-Fall Case


This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: A jury has awarded a $2.1 million settlement to a woman who sued Target after a slip and fall incident in a Target retail outlet in Allegheny County, PA.

According to her suit, Melissa Horton slipped and fell on a recently mopped floor in the Allegheny County Target on December 14, 2013. As a result of the fall, Horton tore her hamstring.

While Target had argued that it was Horton’s fault that she fell, having ignored the warning cones marking the wet floor, the jury disagreed. When Horton entered the store, a soda bottle fell from a shelf and spilled onto the main aisle in the store. Target employees eventually began mopping the area with "a wet soapy substance" and placing warning cones around the area.

According to court documents, Horton claimed that Target employees "carelessly mopped the floor well outside of the cordoned-off area." Although Horton walked cautiously around the spill area, once outside of that area she slipped on "the invisible wet floor" causing her to drop into a split. The resulting split ripped her right hamstring out of her hip socket, court papers state. Horton underwent repair surgery and spent a period of her recovery time in a body brace that immobilized her right leg.

The trial took three and a half days and a day of deliberation, with the jury handing the verdict divided into $1.4 million for past noneconomic damages and $700,000 in future noneconomic damages.

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Published on Mar-17-17


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Could a simular verdict be reached on a slip and fall incident in a bowling ally, where the bowling ally oiled the ally onto the inrun lane beyound the foul line. Posted no warning signs and the person slipped and fell causing a life threating blood clot and over $120,000 in medical bills. Now the person must use a leg air pressure pump on her leg twice a day to prevent another blood clot!

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