A South Carolina jury has awarded a woman $4.6 million in a lawsuit against Target Corp. The Plaintiff, Carla Denise Garrison, was stuck with a needle her child picked up in a Target parking lot. She was injured in May 2014 after her 8-year-old daughter picked up a needle in the Target parking lot in Anderson, S.C. Ms. Garrison swatted the needle out of her child’s hand, and in so doing was stuck in her right palm.
Ms. Garrison reported the injury to store employees and later sought treatment at a health clinic. She was tested for HIV and hepatitis after the needle stick and the results of both tests were negative. However, drugs prescribed to treat a possible HIV infection made her sick and bedridden. Prior to the trial, Ms. Garrison’s lawyer offered to settle with Target for $12,000, but the offer was rejected. Target countered with a $750 offer. It will be interesting to see what happens as this case goes forward.
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