Walmart Faces Lawsuit Over Worker's Death From Coronavirus Complications

Estate of Walmart employee who died from COVID-19 sues company for wrongful death

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In a lawsuit filed in an IL circuit court yesterday, the estate of late Walmart associate Wando Evans, who worked at the Evergreen Park, Ill. outpost for more than a decade, claimed that Evans and other employees contracted COVID-19 while working at the store.

Evans died on March 25 due to complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the complaint.

The family of a Walmart Inc employee in IL who died after contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has filed a lawsuit accusing the retail giant of failing to adequately screen and protect workers.

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Tony Kalogerakos, a lawyer for the estate, said in a statement the lawsuit was the first wrongful death case filed in IL on behalf of a person who has died from COVID-19. The case also says Evans' coworker, Phillip Thomas, died on March 29.

"We take this issue seriously and will respond with the court once we have been served with the complaint", Walmart said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We are heartbroken at the passing of two associates at our Evergreen Park store, and we are mourning along with their families, Walmart told FN in a statement".

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Walmart instituted new safety measures last week aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, including limits on the number of people allowed per store at one time.

The suit contends that Walmart was negligent for the worker's death because it did not adequately clean the store, enforce social distancing, notify employees about co-workers that had coronavirus symptoms, and provide protective gear, CNBC said.

"They explained the timing of this whole thing, apologized for the way it was handled and assured me that they're taking steps to make sure that everybody, employees and customers, are safe", he said.

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