Court Awards Woman $4.6M For Getting Stuck By A Hypodermic Needle in Target Parking Lot

Court awards woman $4.6 million for getting stuck by a hypodermic needle in Target's parking lot

South Carolina-Carla Denise Garrison, the woman who was stuck by a needle in Target's parking lot was awarded $4.6M 


In 2014 Garrison was in Target's parking lot when her daughter picked up a hypodermic needle.  Garrison swatted her daughter's hand to get it away from her, but in the process, she was stuck in her right palm. 

Garrison's attorney attempted to cut a deal with the retailer for $12,000, but they refused and counter-offered $750. 

A blood specimen revealed no evidence of HIV or Hepatitis. The medication that was given to Garrison caused her to be bedridden and sick. Her spouse had to miss work to care for her. 

Target spokeswoman Erika Winkels said the company is considering an appeal

If this ruling stands, it  will be one of the largest awarded in the history of Anderson County, SC.

Garrison said she is “too overwhelmed” to talk about the case.

According to the Target employee that spoke to Garrison immediately after the incident she “seemed worried.”

“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,” Said Garrisons's attorney “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.”

There is a limit according to the law in South Carolina law on punitive damages. The amount awarded by the judge, in this case, could lead to  further litigation.

Target spokeswoman Erika Winkels said the company disagrees with the outcome of the case.
The company plans to appeal the case. 

According to Erika Winkel, Target's spokeswoman "The final damages award has not yet been determined by the Court," she said in an email. "Target is currently considering post-trial motions and appeal options."

"Our guests are at the center of everything we do, and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering," she said. "As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and training in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work."

Target’s lawyer, Knox Haynsworth III, argued that Garrison had no proof that this occurred.