$1.725 Million Verdict Against Dollar General for Inadequate Inspection Policies
Revette V. Dolgencorp, LLC, D/B/A/ Dollar General, Et Al. | Mobile County Circuit Court | CASE NO. CV-2012-901533
In September of 2016, Cunningham Bounds, LLC was able to obtain a $1.725 million dollar jury verdict against Dollar General for inadequate inspection policies.
In 2012, Deborah Revette, a customer at Dollar General, suffered severe shoulder and leg fractures after slipping and falling in clear, liquid laundry detergent that had spilt on the floor in the chemical aisle. Her injuries led to more than $470,000 in medical bills, 395 doctor visits, and eight surgeries. She is permanently disabled as a result of the fall.
Investigation showed that employees are only required by corporate policy to perform safety inspections for 10 minutes each day, although the stores remain open for 14 hours. Those inspections are not checked by a supervisor, are undocumented and are largely informal.
These safety checks were found to be unacceptable. Our partners at Cunningham Bounds, LLC, Lucy E. Tufts and Robert L. Mitchell tried the case.