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Nov 9, 2010 10:13 AM by Bea Karnes

Colorado jury awards $15M for slipping on ice

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado jury has awarded $15 million to a truck driver who said she slipped and fell on ice and grease while making a delivery to a Wal-Mart in Greeley.

Wal-Mart tells the Greeley Tribune that it's considering appealing the award for Holly Averyt, 41, of Cheyenne, which a jury ordered Friday.

Her lawyer, Gregory Gold, thinks it could be one of the highest slip-and-fall verdicts in the country. Gold presented city documents showing that some grease from the store's deli didn't get trapped in a device designed to keep it from getting into the sewer.

He said Averyt had to undergo three spine surgeries, was unable to return to work and lost her truck.

A Wal-Mart spokesman said that the company respectfully disagrees with the award.

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