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Nebraska Man Sues Wal-Mart, Says Overfilled Bag Killed Wife
William Freis of Plattsmouth Nebraska is suing the nation’s largest retailer, saying that an overfilled bag caused the death of his wife. Mr. Freis reports that on April 16th 2010, a cashier at the Wal-Mart Supercenter gave his wife an overfilled bag. The thin plastic bag had two 42-ounce cans of La Choy and a 2-pound bag of rice. The bag had broken on the way to the car, and the can broke Mrs. Freis’s big toe. The can gave her foot a deep cut, and an infection set in.
The attorney representing William Freis, Gage Cobb, noted that the infection was caused by the incident. According to Journal Star, “multiple rounds of antibiotics and two surgical procedures” didn’t help Mrs. Freis. Her condition declined and the infection spread throughout her entire body, leading to multiple hospitalizations, and “ultimately resulted in her death on March 12, 2011,” according to the lawsuit.
Mr. Freis is suing the manufacturer of the plastic bags, the distributor of the bags, as well as end user Wal-Mart. The wrongful death suit claims that Wal-Mart was negligent and failed to train its employees such that they wouldn’t overfill grocery bags, so they would know when to double a bag of customer’s groceries.
The suit also mentions that Wal-Mart gave Mrs. Freis a defective grocery bag. Mr. Freis is seeking $656,000 in medical expenses, plus funeral and burial expenses, plus an unspecified amount for pain and suffering.