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Timber! Home Depot Customer Cries Foul When Lumber Crashes on His Head, Files Lawsuit for 3.5M

Written by: Sam Orlando

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, VIRGINIA – In a recent legal development, a lawsuit initially filed in the Circuit Court for Gloucester County against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., has been moved to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Plaintiff David Stansbury is seeking $3.5 million in damages for injuries sustained at a Home Depot store in Gloucester, Virginia.

The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of Home Depot, leading to Stansbury being struck on the head by improperly secured lumber. The incident, which occurred on September 21, 2021, resulted in serious and permanent injuries for Stansbury. The claim focuses on the responsibility of retail establishments to maintain safe premises for customers, highlighting the failure of Home Depot and its staff to properly secure and maintain the lumber area, as well as the lack of adequate warning signs for potential hazards.

Stansbury's legal team argues that the store's negligence in creating and maintaining a hazardous environment directly led to the incident. This case underscores the significant legal and safety implications for retail chains in how they manage in-store hazards and their duty of care to customers.

As the case progresses through the federal court system, it could set a significant precedent for retailer liability and safety standards in similar situations. The outcome is awaited with interest by legal experts and retailers alike, as it could influence future practices and policies in retail safety management.

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