Various news agencies reported a large verdict came in against Dollar General in Mobile, Alabama. On September 21, 2016, the Mobile jury found that Dollar General’s incompetent inspection policies led to a customer’s injuries, and returned a $1,725,000 million verdict against the company. The event occurred at Dollar General Store No. 7853 in Mobile on July 9, 2012, when a customer, who was 60-years-old at the time, slipped and fell in clear liquid laundry detergent that was on the floor in the chemical aisle. She suffered severe leg and shoulder fractures that resulted in eight surgeries, 395 doctor visits, and over $470,000 in medical bills. The 60-year-old female remains permanently disabled. According to al.com, it is believed to be one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the county. In addition, this is the second large injury settlement Dollar General had ruled against them in Alabama in 2016. Back in April, a Dollar General store in Lauderdale County was forced to pay $925,000 to a delivery driver from Kentucky.
The evidence showed that while Dollar General stores are open 14 hours a day, their corporate policy only requires employees to devote 10 minutes each day to safety inspections.
Those safety inspections are informal, undocumented, and are not verified by a supervisor. Testimony in the case compared the method by which and how often other retailers in and around Mobile County conduct safety inspections made clear that Dollar General’s informal policy of “visual safety checks” for 10 minutes each day was both unsafe and unacceptable.
In Florida law, Section 768.0755 governs slip and falls at a business. It states that if a person slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment, the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it. Constructive knowledge may be proven by circumstantial evidence showing that: (a) The dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition; or (b) The condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured as a result of a slip and fall, contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation at (850)659-2252 or through our website at brannoncanhelp.com