South Carolina mother wins $10m from Walmart after she stepped on rusty nail in store and had to endure THREE separate amputations that resulted in her losing her right leg above the knee

A South Carolina mother was awarded $10 million from Walmart after stepping on a rusty nailApril Jones had to undergo three separate amputations and has been wheelchair-bound for six years following the 2015 incidentThe funds will go toward her medical expenses, including a prosthetic limb and handicap-accessible upgrades to her home 

A South Carolina mother was awarded $10 million from Walmart after she stepped on a rusty nail while shopping and had to undergo three separate amputations that ultimately resulted in her losing her right leg above the knee.

April Jones was walking through the main aisle of a Walmart on Beltline Drive in South Carolina on June 26, 2015, when she felt a sharp pain and saw that a rusty nail had gone through her shoe and foot.

After suffering an infection and subsequent surgery, Jones had to endure three separate amputation that eventually left her without most of her right leg.

Surgeons initially removed her toes, but that failed to stop the infection spreading, and Jones ultimately lost much of her right leg, leaving her wheelchair-bound.  

For the past six years, she has been bound to a wheelchair and her daily life was ‘significantly interrupted’ because she lived alone and independently before the incident, according to a statement from Anastopoulo Law Firm, which represented Jones.

April Jones, a South Carolina mother, was awarded $10 million from Walmart after stepping on a rusty nail. She is above with her family and lawyers Roy T. Willey IV (second-from-right) and Lane Jeffries (right)

April Jones, a South Carolina mother, was awarded $10 million from Walmart after stepping on a rusty nail. She is above with her family and lawyers Roy T. Willey IV (second-from-right) and Lane Jeffries (right)

April Jones was walking through the main aisle of a Walmart on Beltline Drive in South Carolina on June 26, 2015 when she stepped on the nail

April Jones was walking through the main aisle of a Walmart on Beltline Drive in South Carolina on June 26, 2015 when she stepped on the nail

A Florence County jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning with the $10 million to cover Jones’s past and future medical expenses, including a prosthetic limb and handicap-accessible upgrades to her home.

According to lawyers at Anastopoulo Law Firm, Walmart’s policy mandates employees perform regular sweeps inside the store and failed to show evidence that staff cleaned before Jones’s injury.

‘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. No such evidence was presented for the duration of the five-day-long trial,’ the law firm wrote in a statement.

‘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. We are forever grateful,’ said Trial counsel Roy T. Willey IV.

Trial counsel Roy T. Willey IV said Jones and her legal team are 'forever grateful' for the jury verdict

Trial counsel Roy T. Willey IV said Jones and her legal team are ‘forever grateful’ for the jury verdict

Jones testified for nearly seven hours at her trial and Walmart’s expert testified on cross-examination that the nail was the cause of injury.

The verdict comes two weeks after a federal jury in Florida awarded a woman $2 million over injuries she sustained at a Walmart in Orlando after slipping and falling on milk leaking from a malfunctioning dairy cooler, according to Law360.

The jury was unanimously in favor of Judith Demeritt, who sustained permanent injuries to her neck and arm after the fall.

Walmart has only come under fire this month after a nail gun sold exclusively at its stores began firing off nails on its own. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on November 12 that Hart Consumer Products would be recalling over 15,000 of its 18-Gauge 2” Brad Nailers.

The contact sensor of the recalled nail guns “can malfunction and involuntarily discharge a nail,” posing risk of serious injury to the user or anyone nearby. To date, no injuries have been reported using the product.

The affected nail guns were sold at Walmart retailers and on its website between April and September 2021.

Consumers are instructed to stop using the recalled nail guns immediately and could return them to Walmart for a full refund. They could also schedule a free pickup by calling Hart Consumer Products at 1-800-776-5191. 

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