Posted On: June 30, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Wal-Mart Employee Who Sustained Brain Injury While Trying to Stop Shoplifter Dies

Wal-Mart worker Bruce Florence has died after sustaining a brain injury that he sustained when he attempted to detain a shoplifter at the store where he worked. Florence got hurt on June 14 when he tried to stop a man that was trying to sneak a TV that hadn’t been paid for out of the store.

The alleged thief, William Allen Kennedy, is accused of pushing the Wal-Mart employee and knocking him to the ground before running outside to a waiting motor vehicle.

Florence hurt his head when he fell. Doctors say that he began experiencing bleeding in the brain. After Florence was hospitalized for a number of days, he passed away on Father’s Day.

Kennedy, who is a suspect in other store robberies, is charged with aggravated robbery and shoplifting. Police say that he could be charged with murder if the medical examiner determines that Florence died because of the brain injury he sustained when Kennedy shoved him.

Although working in a department store may seem like a safe occupation, injuries can occur on the job, including:

• Ladder fall-related injuries
• Electrical accidents
• Injuries from falling merchandise
• Slip and fall injuries
• Back injuries
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Neck injuries
• Injuries sustained during store robberies and other violent crimes

Injured workers are likely covered under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. These employees cannot sue their employer, but they should receive their Illinois workers' compensation benefits in a timely manner. If third parties were involved, the injured employee may have reason to file a Chicago personal injury lawsuit.

Local Wal-Mart Worker Injured By Shoplifter Dies, CBS11TV, June 23, 2010

Wal-Mart worker dies after being pushed down by Fort Worth shoplifting suspect, Dallas News, June 24, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Wal*Mart Corporate

Workers' Compensation Overview, Justia

Brain Hemorrhage, Web MD

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