In a huge PR move, Wal-Mart Inc. is suing a former employee who was hit by a semi 8 years ago who lost her short-term memory and now lives in a nursing home. At the time, as an employee of Wal-Mart and a part of their health benefits. They paid her medical expenses quickly, but then after the couple won a lawsuit from the trucking company, Wal-Mart is now asking for their money back. How much? $460,000! Just about all of what the couple made in the suit in order to pay for her on-going medical care.
But it gets worse. Last year, the husband had to divorce her in order to get Medicare to pay enough to take care of her. THEN, she lost her 18 year-old son in Iraq and she can’t remember his death.
Now, Wal-Mart has every legal right to do this. It is in their health plan clause that if the employee recoups any earnings from an outside settlement related to the illness or injury, Wal-Mart reserves the right to recover expenses. But this seems a little heart-less to me.
Nice wal-mart, nice.
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