A Nebraska man is suing Walmart for the death of his wife.
The Huffington Post reported on Thursday that William Freis has filed a wrongful suit against Walmart, claiming that an overstuffed and defective shopping bag is to blame for the death of his wife Lynette.
Lynette was being rung up at a Walmart Supercenter when the cashier decided to place two 42-ounce cans of La Choy along with a two-pound bag of rice in the same plastic bag. While Lynette was walking back to her car, the bag broke and one of the La Choy cans fell on her right foot, fracturing her big toe and slicing a deep cut. Lynette developed an infection from the cut that neither antibiotics nor two surgical procedures could cure. Eventually Lynette passed away, nearly a year after the incident.
William has named three defendants in the suit, Walmart Stores "for failing to train its employees in the art of double-bagging; Hilex Poly Co., for manufacturing "defective" plastic bags; and Bunzi Distribution for distributing the "defective" plastic bags. William is seeking $657,000 for medical and funeral expenses in addition to unspecified amount on behalf of his wife.
Walmart released a statement, extending condolences to the Freis family and insisting that "customer safety is a top priority and we take it seriously any time an injury is reported in one of our stores."
The news of the wrongful death suit comes after Walmart's announcement on Monday that the company will be offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners of employees.