A woman who fell in 2013 at a Las Vegas, Nev., Lowe's store and suffered several head injuries has been awarded $16.4 million for her injuries and medical bills. Kelly Hendrickson claimed that she slipped on water in the garden section while Lowe's employees were watering the plants. She also claimed that the company failed to provide adequate warning to its customers about the hazard. Hendrickson's attorney, Sean Claggett, claimed that the cone the Lowe's employees placed near the water was obstructed by a table, so that Hendrickson easily missed seeing the cone. Claggett also turned to company records to show that Las Vegas-area Lowe's stores had been negligent of its customers' safety before.
Claggett contended Lowe’s accident records showed at least 28 falls in the last five years among 13 stores in the area. He argued the statistics, combined with the chain’s failure to add additional safety measures such as water drains or barricades, showed the company failed to protect its customers.
Claggett argued for "$41.5 million in damages and a finding of punitive liability."
The jury rejected Hendrickson's claim for punitives and found her 20 percent responsible for the fall, likely reducing the post-verdict award to about $13.1 million.
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