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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