On June 21, 2007, an elderly women attempted to enter a Target store located in Rosemont, Illinois when a malfunctioning swinging door knocked her to the ground. The door then swung again and struck her in the head. According to her attorney, Claire Putnam suffered permanent brain damage from this incident and, consequently, has difficulty speaking and processing thoughts.
Before being struck by the door, Ms. Putnam lived independently with her daughter, who reportedly has special needs. Because of the incident, the daughter was forced to move into a nursing home. With the proceeds from the settlement, the daughter will now be able to move back into the family home and receive at home medical assistance. A Cook County Judge signed off the on the premises liability settlement from both Target and BesamUSA, the manufacturer of the door.