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South Carolina woman awarded $10M in Walmart lawsuit after stepping

A South Carolina woman has won a $10 million lawsuit against Walmart after having her leg amputated when she stepped on a rusty nail in the store according to KATV 7.

In June 2015,  April Jones went shopping in Florence, South Carolina Walmart when she stepped on a rusty nail that pierced her foot. The suit claimed that Jones “passed through an area where several pallets were nearby when she suddenly felt a sharp pain in her foot. Ms. Jones inspected her foot and observed that a rusty nail had pierced through her shoe and was lodged into her foot.”

The news station reported that Jones went to the hospital and had to have a hole cut in her foot to treat the injury. The treatment later led to multiple surgical amputations, resulting in her losing her right leg up to just above her knee.

Anastopoulo Law Firm, represented Jones, said she has been in a wheelchair for six years. The $10 million verdict will allow her to buy a prosthetic and make her home more accessible.

Jones filed her lawsuit in May 2017. After hearing her case over five days, the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half.

“The weakness of Walmart’s case, among other things, was their failure to produce a video that they claim showed their conforming behavior to a company policy calling for employees to perform regular safety sweeps,” Anastopoulo said. “No such evidence was presented for the duration of the five-day-long trial.”

According to The Hill, attorneys for Walmart have filed a motion requesting another trial.

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