Family files wrongful death lawsuit against Kmart after woman dies from infected cut

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The family of a woman who died from an infection after suffering a cut to her leg from a shelf in an Illinois Kmart has filed a wrongful death claim against the retail corporation.

The lawsuit alleges that Dolores Thompson was using a motorized scooter provided by the store in November 2012 when she tried to avoid boxes stacked in a Kmart aisle and cut her leg on a metal shelf unit. David Thompson, the woman’s son and administrator of her estate, has filed the lawsuit.

The incident is alleged to have occurred at a now-closed Kmart in Streator, southwest of Joliet. Approximately two weeks after the woman was injured, doctors found methicillin resistant staph aureus, also known as MRSA, in her leg wound. According to the lawsuit, Thompson died of MRSA sepsis on April 15, 2014 in Cook County.

The lawsuit also lists Sears Holdings Corp., Kmart’s parent company, as a defendant. Sears Holdings is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and is the tenth largest retailer in the United States by annual revenue. The company operates 4,000 retail stores under the names of Sears, Kmart and subsidiaries.

The four-count wrongful death lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $200,000, plus court costs.

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