Jury: Home Depot Liable for $1.5 M in Accident
A Cobb County, Georgia jury has awarded a Home Depot customer and his wife $1.5 million in a personal injury case stemming from a forklift accident inside a store.
According to the complaint, in November 2005 shopper Larry Reece fell and suffered neck and spine injuries after a pallet of plywood fell 24 feet from a forklift.
The wood hit a barricade that knocked over Reece, who wound up trapped under the plywood.
As part of the verdict, Reece’s wife was awarded $30,000 for loss of marital relations, said the couple’s attorney, Jeff Shiver. Shiver said medical expenses for Reece’s neck injuries were about $120,000, including surgery to repair herniated discs.
Shiver said his client accepted Home Depot’s offer for punitive damages, but the case went to a jury over personal injury damages. The award was handed down after a two-day trial.
Reece, a 58-year-old Cumming resident, was unable to resume his work in residential construction, Shiver said.
Reece “had a permanent injury and permanent hardware in his neck,” Shiver said.
Over the years Home Depot —- with its “sky shelving” packed with stock —- has faced other cases from in-store injuries.
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