In court papers, William Freis of Plattsmouth said his wife, Lynette, developed an antibiotic-resistant infection after a 42-ounce can of Chinese food fell on her foot in 2010, breaking a toe, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported. She died almost a year later after surgery and antibiotics failed to halt the infection.
A cashier at the Walmart Supercenter had loaded the bag with two 42-ounce cans and a 2-pound bag of rice, the lawsuit says. The bag broke while Lynette Freis was walking to her car.
The lawsuit names Walmart; Bunzl Distribution, the Missouri company that distributes its plastic bags; and Hilex Poly Co. of South Carolina as defendants. It was originally filed in South Carolina state court and transferred last week to U.S. District Court in Omaha.