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A woman from South Carolina, US has been awarded a whopping $10 million (£7.54 million) by a jury after suffering an injury by stepping on a rusty nail at Walmart.
April Jones sued the supermarket giant after she was injured whilst shopping in a main isle at a Walmart in Florence, SC on June 2015, as per NY Post.
Jurors were told last week that the woman underwent multiple surgeries, which included having her leg amputated due to infection caused by the nail.
Initially, her second toe was amputated and that was followed by three more, which were removed.
Doctors were later forced to remove her leg above her knee because of the damage caused by the infection.
For the past six years, Jones has been in a wheelchair and largely relied on her adult children, says her lawyer.
The jury reportedly deliberated for around 100 minutes before awarding Jones the huge sum.
Her lawyers say that she's using the money to buy a prosthetic, whilst making her home more wheelchair friendly.
She's also looking to cover her medical expenses, as one might imagine.
“The jury sent a message to Walmart that if you come into Florence County and injure one of their own, they will make sure that person is taken care (of),” Roy Willey, one of Jones’ attorneys from the Anastopoulo Law Firm, said in a statement.
“We are forever grateful."
In a 2018 deposition, Jones said: “I was supposed to actually go to Disney World with my grandson … but I won’t be going.”
She also mentioned that someone would need to push her wheelchair around the park: “I feel it would … lessen the fun for everybody else and I don’t want that.”
Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesman, told The Washington Post the company has already filed post-trial motions with the court.
“Walmart works hard to help ensure that all customers have a safe experience shopping in our stores,” Hargrove said.
“We appreciate the jury’s service, however we do not believe the verdict is supported by the evidence or that Ms. Jones’ injury resulted from what was alleged in her complaint.”
“The mere presence of a wood pallet on the sales floor is not circumstantial evidence that Walmart put a roofing nail on the floor,” they argued in court records.
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