An Anderson, South Carolina who was pricked by needle in the parking lot of a Target has won what may be the largest award in the history of Anderson County, according to the Independent Mail.
After offering to settle the case for $12,000, plaintiff refused to accept Target’s counter offer of a measly $750. She took the case to trial, and it seems jurors wanted to send a message about failure to accept a reasonable settlement. Turns out, it was a $4.6 million message.
The incident happened in May 2014 in the Clemson Boulevard parking lot of the retail giant. Plaintiff parked her vehicle and as she stepped out, she saw her young daughter, who was 8-years-old at the time, picking up a hypodermic needle. She raced to her daughter’s side and swatted the needle from her daughter’s hand. As she did so, the needle stuck her in her right palm. In addition to being painful, plaintiff feared her exposure to contagious blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Continue reading