Walsh v. Wal-Mart Stores East LP

John Paul Harris III

Case Conclusion Date:February 11, 2013

Practice Area:Personal Injury

Outcome:Verdict for the Plaintiff

Description:A Stafford County jury awarded $11.25 million to a doctor who suffered a permanent back injury when he slipped and fell in a Walmart store. The amount is apparently a record for the county. The incident occurred in 2008 at a Fredericksburg Walmart. A Walmart employee had recently waxed the floor, and had left the area to retrieve a warning sign. While the employee was gone, the plaintiff, age 50, stepped on a patch of wet floor and took a hard fall. As a result, he fractured his spine and his elbow. The injuries made it difficult for the plaintiff, a radiation oncologist, to run his cancer treatment practice. He claimed $1.74 million in past and future economic losses and treatment expenses. Walmart did not defend on liability, but offered only $750,000 to settle the case. The three-day trial netted a verdict of $11.25 million plus prejudgment interest, for a payout of more than $13.9 million.

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