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Court upholds $10 million award in icy slip and fall

Here in La Crosse, we know as well as anyone the dangers of sidewalks and parking lots left to ice over in the winter months. They're difficult to walk safely over and can cause serious injuries when someone slips and falls on them.

A truck driver who slipped and fell on a slick combination of ice and grease while making a delivery at a Wal-Mart store can collect nearly $10 million a state Supreme Court has ruled.

The incident happened at a Wal-Mart store in northern Colorado.

After the fall, the 41-year-old driver had to have three surgeries on her spine. She was unable to return to work and eventually lost possession of her 18-wheeler because she was unable to earn an income.

The woman presented documents in court showing that the store's delicatessen had failed to trap grease, which apparently contributed to the slippery conditions.

A year ago, a jury awarded the trucker $15 million in the case, however the retail giant appealed the verdict. A new trial was ordered, a court said, in part because the jury exhibited bias against the chain store.

However, the Supreme Court declared no new trial was needed, though it did reduce the size of the award by a third.

It ruled that any bias against the store was likely due to the chain's denial of the existence of a problem with grease outside that store.

The reduction in the award was due to the state's cap on non-economic damages.

As you can see, in America an ordinary, working person can take on the world's largest retailer in order to get well-deserved compensation for medical bills, lost wages and benefits and other damages.

Source: CBS: "Wal-Mart to pay trucker $10M for greasy ice fall," Nov. 7, 2011

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