The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld a $10 million verdict awarded to a truck driver who slipped and fell on grease while making a delivery to Walmart, resulting in a back injury requiring multiple spinal surgeries.
The Colorado Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s determination that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was entitled to a new trial. The female truck driver incurred approximately $500,000 in medical bills, and was unable to return to work after the fall. As such, her truck, in which she also lived, was repossessed.
The award, originally $15 million, was reduced by $5 million due to the state’s cap on noneconomic damages, making this one of the highest judgments ever in a slip-and-fall case.