Below I talk about settlements and verdicts in personal injury cases with Target Stores in Florida. I try to focus on verdicts and settlements that mention the amount of money given for pain and suffering, as this is usually the part of a personal injury case that most people know the least amount.
I hope that this article gives you a better understanding of whether you may have a case if you are injured at Target or by Target.
$230,801.92 Verdict (not my case) against Target when male shopper allegedly slipped and fell on laundry detergent in a Target store in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The shopper claimed that Target should have posted warnings and cleaned up the spill before the fall occurred. The case is Rodney Sapp v. Target.
My thoughts: The verdict was in 2011, which is after the new slip and fall law passed in Florida, but I am not sure which law was applied because the fall happened in 2008. The current law requires the shopper/customer to prove that the store (Target) knew or should have known the liquid detergent (or any substance) was on the floor before the shopper fell.
I do not know what the injuries are in this case so I do not know whether the verdict for pain and suffering was similar to the typical settlement values for pain and suffering for injuries caused by someone else in Florida. As seen from this case, you may have a case against Target if you slip and fall on liquid on its floors.
$60,000 verdict (not my case) for pain and suffering for a shopper who fractured her ankle when she claimed that she slipped on a worn out and wet carpet at Target in Miami, Florida. She argued that Target should have fixed the carpet (a dangerous condition) before her fall. Target blamed her for not paying attention where she was walking. Her husband made a claim for loss of consortium but the jury did not award him any money. The verdict was in 2010 and the case is Hernandez v. Target.
My thoughts: Though I am not 100% certain, I think the entire verdict was for pain and suffering. If so, this verdict is within the range that I use as a starting point for settlement purposes for pain and suffering for an ankle fracture from an accident in Florida caused by someone else. Many juries award give little, if anything, for a loss of consortium claim if the spouse’s injury is not horrible.
$10,000 verdict (not my case) for pain and suffering for a 75 year old shopper in Target in Miami-Dade County, Florida who fell down. She broke 2 teeth, tore a shoulder (rotator cuff) and had wrist pain. $5,000 was for past pain and suffering and $5,000 was for future pain and suffering.
My thoughts: The jury awarded her $500 a year for her future pain and suffering. I arrived at this amount by using the life tables, which show her life expectancy to be 10 more years. $5,000 divided by 10 is $500 per year. This verdict for pain and suffering is way below the average settlement for pain and suffering for a torn rotator cuff (shoulder).
You can also check out some settlements and verdicts involving Target’s competitors:
- Walmart settlements for accident cases in Florida
- Costco settlements for injury and accident cases
- Kmart settlements for accident cases (coming soon!)
What do you think about these injury settlements with Target? Please share the details with me below.