Back in June 2015, April Jones stepped on a rusty nail while shopping at a Walmart in Florence, South Carolina. She sued and a jury awarded her $10 million on Nov. 30, 2021.
Her injury led to multiple surgeries and eventually she had to have her leg amputated as a result of an infection caused by the rusty nail.
The trial lasted five days, during which Jones’ ordeal was relayed. First, she had to have the second toe on her right foot amputated. Then three more toes had to be removed. Finally, doctors had to amputate her leg above the knee as a result of the infection.
Jones’s lawyers told the jury that she has been in a wheelchair for the last six years and has to rely on her adult children as the result of the injury at Walmart.
The jury deliberated for about 100 minutes before awarding Jones $10 million, The New York Post reported.
Jones said plans to use the money to buy a prosthetic, make her home more wheelchair-friendly and cover her medical expenses, according to her lawyers.
Many on Twitter thought the judgment was extreme.
But others noted the severity of Jones’ injury.
“Okay y’all let’s nottttt make this a repeat of the hot coffee case. She had her LEG AMPUTATED! Duty of care!!” tweeted Claire Smith @charringtonaireMLSmith.
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“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),” said Roy Willey, one of Jones’ attorneys from the Anastopoulo Law Firm, in a statement.
“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,” the news release said. “No such evidence was presented for the duration of the five-day-long trial.”