Although many stores and small businesses were initially shuttered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart was among a few other stores that remained open allowing consumers the opportunity to buy the food and home products they needed. Unfortunately, while this store and others deemed “essential” have remained open over the last few months as the COVID-19 virus threatened the lives and livelihood of all individuals, those who had to report to work were putting themselves at risk of contracting it.
Walmart Worker Dies After Contracting COVID-19
Wando Evans worked for a Walmart located in Illinois for 15 years. He was only 51 years old when he passed away from COVID-19 complications on March 25th. ABC News says that Evans had been working overnight shifts in stock and maintenance and when he first notified management that he was displaying symptoms associated with the virus two weeks prior to his death, he was allegedly ignored. It wasn’t until March 23rd that his store manager sent him home.
Two days later, Evans was found dead inside his home.
A relative of Evan’s later hired an attorney who helped them file a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. In the lawsuit, the relative alleges that Walmart was “negligent” and that the store “[failed] to implement, promote, and enforce social distancing guidelines.” Walmart was also accused of “[failing] to cleanse and sanitize the store in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” The wrongful death lawsuit also alleges that “the store failed to provide personal protective equipment such as masks, latex gloves, and even antibacterial soaps or wipes to employees.”
Sadly, Evans wasn’t the only Walmart employee to pass away from COVID-19. The lawsuit filed on his behalf states that another employee that was working at the same location as Evans also passed away from complications related to COVID-19. The attorney representing Evans’ family said, “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has designated Walmart stores as ‘high-volume retailers,’ making them responsible for taking additional precautions to protect employees and customers from the spread of COVID-19.”
The attorney also said that the company should have at least notified other workers that a colleague was displaying symptoms associated with the virus, provided workers with personal protective equipment, practiced social distancing, and sent home employees who were exposed to the worker until they were cleared by a medical professional.
After Evans’ death, Walmart shared its condolences and began implementing new safety measures.
How do I know if I have a valid wrongful death claim against another party in Colorado?
If someone you love was taken from you unexpectedly and you recently learned that their death could have been prevented, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party if you can prove they were negligent in some way. Proving negligence can be a difficult thing to do which is why it is recommended that you hire a Colorado wrongful death lawyer to help you. If you think you have a viable case and would like to discuss the matter with a qualified wrongful death attorney in Colorado, you can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC at 720-923-2333.
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