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William Freis Blames Walmart Bag For Wife's Death: Lawsuit

08/29/2013 12:16 pm ET

A Nebraska man is suing Walmart for using defective plastic bags. He claims that one of them was ultimately responsible for his wife's untimely death.

The Journal Star reports:

William Freis of Plattsmouth said his wife, Lynette, went grocery shopping April 16, 2010, at the Walmart Supercenter on 15th Street and the cashier gave her one plastic bag for two 42-ounce cans of La Choy and a 2-pound bag of rice.

While she was walking to the car, Freis' bag broke and its contents landed on one of her feet, causing a cut. The cut got infected and "despite multiple rounds of antibiotics and two surgical procedures," the infection spread and she died in the hospital, the suit said.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit alleges Walmart did not effectively train its employees on how to fill customers' bags.

The bag's manufacturer, Hilex Poly Co. is also a defendant in the suit.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove told KMBC, "Customer safety is a top priority, and we take it seriously any time an injury is reported in one of our stores."

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