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In May 1999, 31-year-old single mother Heather Hartner was pushing her shopping cart through a Home Depot parking lot when it hit a manhole cover and turned over, throwing her baby out of the cart.

The infant was not injured, but on Wednesday night, a unanimous eight-member Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury awarded Hartner $950,000 for a knee injury sustained in the accident, according to Hartner’s attorney, Stewart A. Bernstein of Kanter Bernstein & Kardon.

Bernstein said Home Depot knew of a defect in its parking lot, failed to repair it and exacerbated the problem by watering trees and plants in the lot.

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