Sunday, November 08, 2009
Wal-Mart Sues Brain-damaged Employee
Wal-Mart has been dubbed "The Worst Person in the World" by NSNBC for suing a severely brain-damaged Wal-Mart employee.
Debbie Shank, a Missouri Wal-Mart employee, was left severely disabled and brain-damaged after being hit by a semi-trailer truck.
Initially, her Wal-Mart health care plan paid her medical bills.
The Shank family sued the trucking company and won a $417,000 settlement.
Hearing news of the settlement, Wal-Mart then sued the family for $470,000 (to get their medical money back. They even added interest and the cost of their legal fees to make certain they didn't pay a cent)
And they won.
The Shanks appealed, but the Supreme Court refused to hear their case. The Shank family is forced to give Wal-mart $470,000, more than they earned from the settlement.
Debbie lives in a nursing home, and requires 24-hour care. Her husband, Jim Shank, works two jobs, struggling to pay for his wife's nursing home expenses.
According to MSNBC: Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott earns more than $470,000 a week and Wal-Mart earns $470,000 every 38 seconds.
Posted by Kenneth J. Harvey at 7:06 AM