A woman in Illinois went to Kmart simply to do some shopping, but her son now alleges in a lawsuit that the trip ended up costing her her life. The event in question happened back on Nov. 15, 2012. She died the following spring, on the April 15, leaving her son behind.
The woman was using a motorized cart at the Kmart, which is a cart with a shopping basket for those with limited mobility. The son says that one of the employees at the Kmart had put some boxes in one of the aisle and left them there. When the woman got to that row, she tried to drive the cart around the boxes, and she ended up running into one of the shelving units. The metal edge of the shelving cut her leg.
Though a simple cut may not have seemed life-threatening at first, the problems began when it became infected. She was seen by a doctor, who determined that she had methicillin-resistant staph aureus, which is also known as MRSA. It was this infection that allegedly caused her death.
The son, who started the lawsuit, is attempting to get an amount in excess of $50,000. An exact breakdown of what these costs are for was not provided at this time, as the case heads to court.
A wrongful death is tragic and difficult for family members to deal with, and financial pressures from medical bills and other losses can only make things harder. For this reason, it is important for people to know what rights they have to get compensation when a loved one dies.
Source: The Cook County Record, "Woman died from infection developed after cutting leg on Kmart shelf" Ashley Perry, Nov. 20, 2014