Nebraskan Claims Faulty Wal-Mart Bag Led to Wife’s Death

Posted 8 months ago

By Scott Carlson

walmart(AP) — An eastern Nebraska man has sued Wal-Mart, saying the failure of an overfilled plastic shopping bag led to the death of his wife.

The Sarpy County lawsuit filed William Freis, of Plattsmouth, has been moved to U.S. District Court in Omaha.

The lawsuit says the bag failed on April 16, 2010, outside a Wal-Mart store in Bellevue. A can inside fell onto the right big toe of Freis’ wife, Lynette, breaking and cutting it. The lawsuit says the injuries led to an infection that spread through her body “and ultimately resulted in her death on March 12, 2011.”

The lawsuit seeks more than $656,000.

A Wal-Mart spokesman declined to directly comment on the lawsuit’s allegations.


  • dill

    Seriously. What about how she took care of the cut afterwards? Hello it was almost a year later when she died. People and their stupid lawsuits.

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    • Ralph Mouth

      I agree this is ludicrous, Perhaps the lady had diabetes that prevents wounds from healing quickly. Damn it I just got a paper cut…..who am I going to sue?

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  • Russel Simpson

    So if I stub my toe on a desk because Im carrying too much in one hand and dont see the desk, and then later die because I didn’t go to the hospital and get it fixed, can my family sue the desk maker for making their product too hard / no visible “CAUTION” signs painted around the dangerous edge? Or maybe I could sue the person who designed the building and put the desk there. This kind of stuff is ridiculous! Your bag was too full, thats the error and its a customer fault not Wal-Marts problem. What money greedy d*****bag talked this man into sueing on such a frivilous claim?

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  • ShakingMyHead

    Sorry for the loss in their family…but REALLY??

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  • rowdy1

    They do sometimes make the bags to heavy, but seriously. I sliced my toe open falling over a fence a week ago. It was healed in a few days. That’s what peroxide and neosporin are made for. What was she doing in the year following the accident?

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  • Susan

    There is no more personal responsibility. Wal-Mart has deep pockets. The sad thing is that they may pay something out just to make this go away.

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  • ljg

    Someone looking for a quick buck; sure greed in this lawsuit.

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