A jury in Mobile returned a $1,725,000 verdict against Dollar General last month. They jury found that inadequate inspection policies led to a customer’s injuries. The incident occurred at a Dollar General Store in Mobile on July 9, 2012. A customer, Deborah Revette, 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 more than $470,000 in medical bills. Ms. Revette remains permanently disabled.
This is the second large injury settlement Dollar General had ruled against them in Alabama in 2016. In April, a Dollar General store in Lauderdale County was forced to pay $925,000 to a delivery driver from Kentucky. The evidence at trial 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. Ms. Revette was represented by the firm of Cunningham Bounds. They did a very good job in this case.
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