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Jury hits IKEA with $3.2 million verdict for shopper

A Fairfax County jury has returned a $3.2 million verdict for a shopper at the IKEA housewares store in Woodbridge who suffered a crushed pelvis in 2006 when a stack of countertops fell on her.

Edward L. Weiner, the plaintiff’s lawyer, said his client incurred $75,000 in medical bills after two surgeries, $50,000 in lost wages and permanent physical limitations.  She was 33 years old at the time of the accident.  Weiner said he used an expert who testified it was unsafe to have eight-foot-long countertops stacked vertically with only a bungee cord to secure them in place.

Weiner reported that IKEA’s highest offer in the case was $220,000.   His last demand was $1.2 million.  An earlier mediation attempt was unsuccessful.

The verdict came yesterday after a four-day trial before Judge R. Terrence Ney.

Weiner credits the help of a online jury research service in his trial preparation.

By Peter Vieth

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