Dollar General Slammed with $2 Million Verdict
Like Wells Fargo, the large retailer Dollar General has recently fallen on hard times. An Alabama jury recently found that Dollar General lacks inadequate inspection policies, and that those policies directly contributed to a customer’s injury. The $1,725,000 verdict has provided well-deserved vindication to the injured customer, a 60-year-old woman named Deborah Revette.
It was July 9, 2012 when Revette was shopping at her local Dollar General store in Mobile, Alabama. As she browsed through the chemical aisle, she slipped and fell in clear laundry detergent that was on the floor. Her fall led to severe leg and shoulder fractures, and she required a total of eight surgeries and 395 doctor visits to attempt to recover. However, $470,000 in medical bills later, Revette is permanently disabled.
Revette made a very wise choice to hire a personal injury lawyer, since her attorney was able to uncover that Dollar General only requires employees to complete 10 minutes worth of safety inspections every day, even though most stores are open 14 hours each day. Worse yet, the safety inspections have no formality to them. They are undocumented, unverified by any supervisor, and very informal.
Revette’s attorney used testimony from other local retailers to prove that Dollar General’s informal policy of “visual safety checks” for 10 minutes each business day was wildly ineffective, dangerous, and unacceptable. As a result, Revette’s was awarded nearly $2 million in financial compensation to cover her medical bills and pain and suffering.
As her lawyer, Robert L. Mitchell, explained, “The evidence proved that Dollar General’s safety policies are inadequate and outdated. Our hope is that the jury’s verdict will motivate the company to implement changes that will make its stores safe for all customers. Deborah’s injury was a preventable injury that, unfortunately, has dramatically changed her life.”