$450,000 Settlement in Bloomington, IN
"John" (not real name) had an early morning trip to Walmart in Bloomington, Indiana to pick up some supplies for his job as a contractor.
When he exited his vehicle, his feet went out from under him due to the icy condition of the Walmart parking lot.
Videotape of the fall showed he was unconscious in the parking lot for over 5 minutes before a passing customer saw him and called 911.
He suffered spinal injuries requiring surgery.
A review of the contract between Walmart and the snow plow operator revealed the snow plow company came out when called to the property if snow wasn't over 2 inches on any particular snowfall. On this day, the snowfall was less than 1".
Interviews with Walmart management alleged that the snow plow company had been called at 3 a.m. to come out.
But, a discovery and review of the cell phone records coming from Walmart to the snow plow company revealed the first call came at 5:45 a.m. -- a nearly 3 hour discrepancy.
The case settled for $450,000.