Women Stuck By Needle Awarded $4.6 Million
You wouldn’t imagine that a simple trip to Target could result in you getting stuck by a hypodermic needle, cause you to be bedridden because of medicine you have to take and to be involved in a costly lawsuit, right? Well, unfortunately this is what happened to Carla Denise Garrison in May of 2014.
When Garrison went to Target, she got out of the car with her 8-year-old daughter Kaileigh, when she saw that Kaileigh had picked up a hypodermic needle. Garrison immediately hit the needle out of her daughter’s hands, and stuck her palm in the process. She immediately went into the Target and reported the injury to an employee who noted that she seemed “worried”.
Garrison was tested for HIV and hepatitis (tests were negative), and was prescribed medication for risk of contracting HIV. The HIV medication caused her to be bedridden with illness. In turn, her husband had to take time off work to care for her.
Garrison’s attorney, Joshua Hawkins asked Target Corp. for $12,000 deal to pay for medical expenses and time taken off from work. Target came back and offered only $750, which is when they decided to take the case to trial.
Hawkins made a statement saying, “When we started this, we were just trying to get Target to make my client whole, to pay for her medical bills and the time that her husband had to take off work. We tried to be reasonable and not take this to trial. But Target took a really hard stance on it … and I think the jury sent a message.”
And that message was? An award of $4.6 million to the plaintiff, Carla Garrison. According to Target spokesperson Erika Winkels, Target is considering an appeal.