80-year-old Illinois resident Claire Putman was entering a Des Plaines area Target store when she was knocked to the ground by the store’s automatic doors, which were malfunctioning. Putman suffered a number of injuries in the incident, including neurological damage that led to cognitive deficits. As a result of her injuries, Putman is no longer deemed capable of taking care of herself or her 59-year-old daughter with special needs and has had to be placed in a long-term care facility. Putman’s attorneys claimed that the doors did not have a safety switch that would allow the device to be deactivated in the event of a malfunction. Putman was ultimately awarded more than $7 million in the case.
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