April 21, 2016 — A woman who suffered permanent brain damage after falling at a Lowe’s home improvement store has been awarded $16.4 million, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The jury deliberated for about 6 hours before concluding that Lowe’s was 80% responsible for her injury. They awarded $14.5 million for pain and suffering and $1.9 million for medical expenses.
The case is Hendrickson v. Lowe’s Home Centers LLC, Case No. A-13-687418-C.
The lawsuit was filed by Kelly Hendrickson, a woman who was injured at Lowe’s in July 2013. She was in the garden center shopping for palm trees when she slipped on a “slimy, wet substance” coming from the bottom of several planters.
Hendrickson, a 41 year-old mother with three children, fractured her skull and suffered permanent brain damage that left her without a sense of smell or taste.
Her lawyers accuse Lowe’s of negligence. They say about 28 other people were injured in similar slip-and-fall incidents at Lowe’s stores in Clark County since 2008. Three of those incidents occurred at the store where Hendrickson was injured.
Lawyers for Lowe’s say Hendrickson actually fell on top of a 4-foot caution cone that employees had placed on the wet area, knocking the cone over herself. However, none of the store’s security cameras captured the fall and the videos were deleted.
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