He Fell While Buying Watermelon at Walmart, Is Now $7.5M Richer

Man wins $7.5m payout after breaking hip buying watermelons in Walmart

Walmart said the amount was excessive

Walmart says it plans to appeal, claiming any negligence was Walker's fault.

In June 2015, after picking out a watermelon from a display, Walker's foot became caught in a wooden pallet beneath the watermelons.

A jury chose to award him $2.5M after his lawyer successfully argued that the retailer didn't care enough to secure a pallet where the fruit was placed and subsequently entrapped the man's foot.

A jury has awarded $7.5m (£5.7m) to a customer who was injured while picking up a watermelon at a Walmart in the U.S. state of Alabama. He turned, unaware that the pallet was there, and fell and shattered his hip, court documents state.

A spokesman for Walmart said the damages are excessive, and they intend to appeal.

His lawyers argued: "Walmart had a responsibility to its customers to provide a safe environment and should have known the pallet could cause an injury".

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Charles Gower, one of Walker's attorneys, tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Walmart should have covered the pallet so it couldn't entangle a shopper's foot. Walmart maintains that the pallet was not unsafe, and, according to court filings, has not changed its display.

A Russell County Circuit Court jury returned a $7.5 million verdict late Wednesday against retail giant Walmart at its Phenix City store.

Walker's attorney told AL.com: "You don't expect to go into a grocery store walking fine on your two feet and come out on a stretcher".

"I think this jury appreciated what Mr". The Army veteran used to play basketball with friends three times a week, but now has to use a walker.

"He is no longer able to do everyday activities that many of us take for granted".

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