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Paying Back Wal-Mart

St. Louis, MO: (Mar-18-08) Wal-Mart brought an insurance lawsuit against Debbie Shank, a Missouri woman who suffered brain damage in a car crash, alleging that it was owed money for the medical expenses paid through its insurance plan. The suit was filed after Shank reached a settlement with the insurer of the truck driver who hit her.

Records reveal that Shank appealed, but the US Supreme Court denied hearing it. Later, a federal appeals court in St. Louis decreed that Debbie Shank must reimburse Wal-Mart $470,000 for medical expenses. Shank stated that the settlement with the truck driver's insurer fell short of the amount that she had to repay Wal-Mart. Nathan Shank, 17, said his mother has already lost some amenities because of the legal case, including a private caregiver.

Daphne Moore, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart stated that the health plan is required to protect it's assets so that it can pay future claims for other associates and their family members. Court records show that the settlement came to $417,477 after lawyer's fees and expenses, according to legal documents, while Wal-Mart has paid $469,216 for Shank's care. [UPI: BRAIN-DAMAGED EX-WORKER MUST PAY WAL-MART]

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Published on Mar-19-08


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