Wal-mart sues crippled employee

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Check out this crazy story, courtesy of Keith Olbermann:

For those of you without video access, here is the summary from the LA Times:

As chronicled in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Shank, a former overnight shelf-stocker for Wal-Mart in southeastern Missouri, was driving her minivan when she was broadsided by a semi and suffered permanent brain damage. Unable to walk without help, she lost the ability to care for herself or interact meaningfully with her family. Now 52, she lives in a nursing home.

Wal-Mart started out as one of the good guys in this story, paying almost $470,000 of her initial medical bills. But three years after Shank’s husband sued and settled with the semi driver’s employer, the retail giant changed hats. It demanded every penny back, plus interest and legal fees — more, in fact, than the $417,477 the settlement had placed in a special-needs Medicaid trust fund for Shank’s future healthcare expenses.

Now Deborah Shank won’t have anything but the most basic government mandated care. In case you were wondering, Wal-mart made $11 billion in profits last year.

Update: It appears Wal-mart is gonna do the right thing. How refreshing. Too bad they had to be pressured into it by the media.


  1. Ian

    Well, they want to make sure that stays $11 billion in profits, and doesn’t drop to $10.995 billion. Think of their shareholders!

  2. Chris

    You know, it turns out her husband had to divorce her so she would be eligible for better benefits from the government. Sad stuff.

  3. Ian

    The US government: Protecting the sanctity of marriage since 1776!