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Target's dangerous property conditions lead to $4.6 million award

A woman in a different state reported that she suffered a needle injury in the parking lot of a Target store back in 2014. She later filed a lawsuit against the major retailer, and a jury recently awarded the woman $4.6 million in the case. Anyone in West Virginia who is injured at a store due to dangerous property conditions has the right to seek to hold that business accountable through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman asserted that she got out of her automobile one day with her daughter, 8. Her daughter found a hypodermic needle in the parking lot, and when she picked it up, the plaintiff attempted to swat it out of the girl's hand. That is when the needle became lodged in her palm.

The woman reported her injury to a store employee and then went to the hospital to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. The hospital also prescribed her medication due to the potential HIV risk she was facing.  However, the medication she was prescribed made her sick, and because she became bedridden, her husband had to miss time at work to take care of her. Before the woman's legal suit went to trial, the woman's lawyer made the offer to settle the suit for $12,000. However, this offer ended up being rejected.

Companies in West Virginia and other states have a duty to exercise ordinary care when it comes to keeping their premises in reasonably safe conditions. If they fail to do this and customers become injured, it is within the rights of these customers to file premises liability lawsuits. Liability in a case involving dangerous property conditions must be established before claims for damages will be adjudicated.

Source: independentmail.com, "Anderson woman gets $4.6M in Target lawsuit", Nikie Mayo, Sept. 9, 2016

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