Family sues Kmart after grandmother cuts her leg on store shelf and later dies

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An 88-year-old woman died at after contracting the antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA when she cut her leg on a shelf at a Kmart store, her family claims in a lawsuit.

The now-shuttered Kmart where the alleged incident happened is located in Streator, Ill., about 50 miles southwest of Joliet, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

According to the lawsuit, Dolores Thompson was driving a store-provided motorized scooter on November 15, 2012 when she cut her leg on a metal shelving until while trying to get around boxes.

On Dec. 2 of that year, doctors detected MRSA in her leg wound, and she died of MRSA sepsis in Cook County  on April 15, 2014, the lawsuit claims.

According to her obituary, Thompson had one grandson and was a homemaker for most of her life, the Daily Mail reports.

Dolores’ son David filed the lawsuit and is seeking $200,000 in damages plus court costs with the four-count wrongful death suit.

The Sun-Times reports that Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holding Corp., had not received or reviewed the suit as of Friday and could not comment on it.

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8 comments

  • ZebraStripes

    Give me a break. It’s highly unlikely MRSA was present on Kmart’s shelving. More than likely she got it when she was treated for the wound.

  • Adrian

    If the shelf tests negative for MRSA, then they have no case. It’s a money grab attempt by a greedy family. Condolences to the family, but shame on the family for being greedy.

  • khkenberg

    so kmart was supposed to have sterilized shelves? or they shouldn’t provide electric scooters for shoppers? or they are supposed to have a full time medical staff on duty? mrsa, from a store shelf?

  • Barb

    I’m not getting this?? It was probably her care at home…I don’t think you can get that from a shelf??? Why do this 2 years later…

  • BigLarry1950

    I agree, I don’t see Super-K (K-Mart) being negligent. Thousands of customers and employees touch those shelves. I am truly sorry for the family and my condolences. I would check the medical providers for this virus, not a public retail store.