SC woman stuck by needle gets $4.6 million payout from Target
ANDERSON, S.C. — A South Carolina woman who was stuck by a needle picked up in a Target parking lot has been awarded more than $4.6 million dollars.
The incident occurred in May 2014 when Carla Denise Garrison’s young daughter picked up a hypodermic needle when she got out of a vehicle. When she did, Garrison smacked it out of her hands and it stuck her right palm, according to Independent Mail.
She then reported the injury to a Target employee and went to the doctor to be tested for HIV and hepatitis. Both tests came back negative.
Court documents report the HIV medication made the woman sick, keeping both Garrison and her husband out of work.
“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 Garrison’s attorney, Joshua Hawkins, according to Independent Mail. “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.”
Garrison’s attorney reportedly offered to stop the case if Target paid $12,000, but the company countered with $750. They now owe more than $4.6 million.
The corporation is considering post-trial motions and mulling over appeal options.