Court affirms $17M jury verdict for woman injured at Walmart

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a nearly $17 million jury verdict for a woman who was injured in 2019 when staffers tried to detain a shoplifter in Walmart.

The court rejected the retail giant’s appeal on Thursday.

A lawyer for 53-year-old Diane Ankrom said employees were trying to detain a shoplifter when he ran into Ankrom’s shopping cart, which was carrying her granddaughter. Ankrom fell to the ground with the cart falling on top of her.

Ankrom’s lawyers said she has had multiple surgeries and has been admitted to the hospital over 20 times.