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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Wal-Mart over Tornado

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The family of Stanley Kirk, 62, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit that has been transferred to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri against the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Joplin, Missouri after Kirk died in the store during the May 22, 2011 EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people.

Man Was Forced to Stay in Store During Tornado

According to the lawsuit, just before 5:24 p.m., Kirk “attempted to leave the store to return home (but) was forced to stay in the store and (was) directed to an unsafe/improper location,” the Joplin Globe reported. The lawsuit alleges that Kirk lived seven minutes away in an area that was not hit by the tornado, but that the defendants locked the doors, preventing him from leaving, an action which also prevented emergency personnel access the store.

The complaint maintains that the defendants, including manager Andy Martin, were negligent, saying, “Defendant’s actions and deliberate decisions negligently caused (Kirk) to receive severe injuries resulting in his death.”

According to the Joplin Globe, three people died in the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Range Line Road during the tornado.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages for pain and suffering, loss of income and medical and funeral expenses.

Find more at: http://www.HaskelLaw.com


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