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Thursday, March 27, 2008

talk about scummy

this is a disgusting thing wal-mart is doing. disgusting

Brain-damaged woman at center of Wal-Mart suit
By Randi Kaye CNN
JACKSON, Missouri (CNN) -- Debbie Shank breaks down in tears every time she's told that her 18-year-old son, Jeremy, was killed in Iraq. The 52-year-old mother of three attended her son's funeral, but she continues to ask how he's doing. When her family reminds her that he's dead, she weeps as if hearing the news for the first time.
Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.
It was the beginning of a series of battles -- both personal and legal -- that loomed for Shank and her family. One of their biggest was with Wal-Mart's
health plan. Eight years ago, Shank was stocking shelves for the retail giant and signed up for Wal-Mart's health and benefits plan.
Two years after the accident, Shank and her husband, Jim, were awarded about $1 million in a lawsuit against the trucking company involved in the crash. After legal fees were paid, $417,000 was placed in a trust to pay for Debbie Shank's long-term care.
Wal-Mart had paid out about $470,000 for Shank's
medical expenses and later sued for the same amount. However, the court ruled it can only recoup what is left in the family's trust.
The Shanks didn't notice in the fine print of Wal-Mart's health plan policy that the company has the right to recoup medical expenses if an employee collects damages in a lawsuit.......


Anonymous said...

This is what happens when corporations are allowed to run roughshod over citizens in a nation without universal health care.

It sickens me.

Beach Bum said...

I will not go to wal-mart anymore. I've been forced to go due to how close it is to my house even though I've heard other stories concerning their practices. That's it no more.

Unknown said...

sickens me too rick and b b. i don't judge people for going to wal mart. they sell stuff cheaper than elsewhere. i UNDERSTAND why people go there. just yesterday a friend was telling me her mom got her prescriptions there because they were 4.00. how can you NOT go there if you don't have coverage? i am just so disgusted wal mart has to be such a GIANT DICK about almost everything including their own employees