Lawsuit Says Woman Died Because Walmart Didn’t Double-Bag Her Groceries

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A plastic grocery bag broke, setting off a chain of events that led to the woman's death, her husband's lawsuit says.

A Nebraska man has sued Walmart, saying his wife died after a series of events that began when a plastic grocery bag from Walmart broke.

The Lincoln Journal Star says Lynette Freis was carrying a single bag containing two 42-ounce cans of La Choy and a 2-pound bag of rice.

On her way to the car, the bag broke and one of the cans of La Choy fell on her right foot, breaking her big toe and causing a deep cut, the lawsuit says. William Freis’ attorney, Gage Cobb, said that led to an infection. Despite multiple rounds of antibiotics and two surgical procedures, Lynette Freis’ condition declined and infection spread throughout her body, which led to hospitalizations “and ultimately resulted in her death on March 12, 2011,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit argues that Walmart was negligent for not training employees to double-bag or separate heavy items. It also names the bag’s manufacturer, alleging the bag was defective.

The suit seeks more than $656,000 for medical expenses, plus unspecified damages for pain and suffering. Walmart offered condolences, but told the Journal Star that the company needs to investigate and will respond in court.

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