Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Home / Verdicts & Settlements / Woman hurt when worker knocked merchandise off shelf – $1,850,000 Settlement

Woman hurt when worker knocked merchandise off shelf – $1,850,000 Settlement

The incident occurred when plaintiff, a 59-year-old woman, was shopping in a retail store owned and operated by Roe Corporation.

While assisting the plaintiff, store employee Poe attempted to retrieve an item of merchandise from a shelf. As he did that, several other items of merchandise fell toward the aisle. One of those items struck the plaintiff on the head.

Despite the fact that plaintiff had been struck in the head and already was experiencing symptoms from the blow, plaintiff was able to complete an incident report in the store. Plaintiff then left the store under her own power and drove herself home.

Defendants argued that plaintiff could not prove how and why the merchandise fell, and defendants claimed that there was no causal connection between Poe’s actions and the falling merchandise. Defendants also claimed that the plaintiff sustained no injuries and was exaggerating or feigning her claimed injuries.


Type of action: Personal Injury, falling merchandise

Injuries alleged: Traumatic Brain Injury

Court: York County Circuit Court

Case no.: Confidential

Tried before: Mediation

Name of judge or mediator: Judge Thomas Shadrick (Ret.)

Date resolved: Sept. 8, 2017

Special damages: Past Medical Bills – $26,690.04

Verdict or settlement: Settlement

Amount: $1,850,000.00

Attorneys for plaintiff: Stephen M. Smith and David B. Holt, Hampton; Edward E. Scher, Richmond