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Woman tears hamstring after slip and fall at Target

A woman who went shopping at a Target location in late 2013 slipped and fell on a slippery surface, leading to a torn hamstring that required significant medical treatment and rehabilitation to recover from. The woman sued Target for the incident, and the jury awarded the woman $2.1 million as a result of the incident -- $1.4 million for past non-economic damages, and $700,000 in future non-economic damages.

The incident may sound conflicting at first, but the jury saw that Target failed to keep their patrons safe. As the woman entered the store, a soda bottle spilled on the ground. Target employees went over to clean the spill up with soapy water. This was done, and they placed warning signs so customers knew about the spill. Sounds like Target did everything properly, right?

However, the employees that cleaned up the spill marked off an area that didn't fully represent where they had mopped. As a result, there were slippery conditions outside of the marked off area with warning signs. It was here that the woman slipped and suffered her terrible injury. According to the lawsuit, the woman's hamstring was torn off the hip socket and the resulting surgery and treatment required her to be in a body brace that immobilized her right leg.

Slip and fall cases like this can be a bit complicated, but the victim needs experienced legal representation to help with their case. Businesses shouldn't ever get away with their negligence or sloppy safety protocols.

Source: The Legal Intelligencer, "Target Dealt $2.1M Verdict in Slip-and-Fall Case," PJ Annunzio, March 16, 2017

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