Falling Merchandise - Rocky Mountain News 4-18-1996

Shopper wins $435,000 in
Wal-Mart suit

Falling box injured woman permanently, lawyer says

By Sue Lindsay


Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer

A customer who was injured at a Westminster WalMart store when a box fell on her back has won $435,000 from a Denver District Court jury.

Barbara Trujlllo suffered permanent back injuries that forced her to quit her nursing job, said her attorney Jeff Hyman.

The jury returned a verdict late Thursday.

"I think juries are saying that you have the right to expect a safe shopping environment, said Hyman, who last year won a $3.3 million jury award against WalMart for head injuries suffered by a customer who was hit on the head by falling boxes.

Hyman said 25,000 cases have been filed against WalMart nationwide involving customer injuries resulting from falling merchandise.

Trujillo was injured while shopping Nov. 29, 1994, when a large cart containing shelves filled with merchandise was pushed into her, causing one of the top boxes to fall on her

Hyman said the box weighed about 30 pounds.

WalMart's attorney, John Mitzner, couldn't be reached for comment.

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