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WOMAN AWARDED $1 MILLION

A Jamestown woman was awarded $1,000,050 Thursday in U.S. District Court personal injury lawsuit against a Wal-Mart store in the Jamestown area.

Della Hough-Scoma, a nurse at WCA Hospital, testified she suffered permanent muscle spasms in her neck and shoulders after a several rolls of carpeting fell on her while she was shopping at the store Nov. 18, 1995.

Her lawyer, Robert Berkun, said the rolled carpets were standing unsecured in a vertical position when they fell over and hit Ms. Hough-Scoma in the back of the head. Berkun said the 51-year old woman was unable to work for nearly a year while she recuperated from her injuries.

"The jury found that the store shouldn't have placed the carpets standing up in an unsecured position like that," Berkun said.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Hugh B. Scott presided over the five-day trial.

Michael Kanaley, attorney for Wal-Mart, did not return a phone call Thursday to say if his client would appeal the jury's verdict.

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