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Garrison Wins $4.6M in Lawsuit Over Needle Stick at Target

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By    |   Monday, 12 Sep 2016 10:10 AM

Carla Denise Garrison won a $4.6 million jury verdict following her lawsuit against Target Corp. for being stuck by a needle picked up in a Target parking lot in May of 2014.

Garrison had parked in Target’s lot and then got out of her vehicle when her daughter, Kaileigh, who was 8 year’s old at the time, picked up a hypodermic needle, USA Today reported. Garrison proceeded to swat the needle from her daughter’s hand, sticking herself in her right palm, according to court documents.

Garrison’s lawyer tried to settle with the retailer for $12,000, but the offer was rejected. Instead, Target offered Garrison $750, WFMY News 2 noted.

Court documents show that “Garrison was treated at AnMed Health, where she was tested for HIV and hepatitis. She was also prescribed medication because of the potential risk that she would contract HIV. She has tested negative for both HIV and hepatitis thus far.”

Garrison’s attorney said, “When we started this, we were trying to get Target to make my client whole, to pay for her medical bills and the time that her husband had to take off work. We tried to be reasonable and not take this to trial. But Target took a really hard stance on it…and I think the jury sent a message.”

Target plans to appeal, SpreadIt reported.

Target’s spokeswoman, Erika Winkels, said in a recent statement: “The final damages award has not yet been determined by the Court. Target is currently considering post-trial motions and appeal options.”

Target’s lawyer, Knox Haynsworth III, argued that Garrison could not prove her case.

“A merchant is not an insurer of the safety of his customer but owes only the duty of exercising ordinary care to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition,” Haynsworth wrote, citing a case from 1969.

Garrison refused to comment on the incident, saying Friday that she was “too overwhelmed” to speak on the issue, USA Today noted.

The $4.6 million verdict is one of the largest amounts awarded in the history of Anderson County litigation, according to Richard Shirley, Clerk of Court.

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