May 27, 2020 — The family of a Texas meat-cutter who died in an outbreak of COVID-19 has filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc.
The lawsuit was filed by the husband and 4 children of Pwar G., a woman who worked at the Tyson meat packing plant in Amarillo, Texas for 8 years.
Amarillo issued a “stay-at-home” order on April 1, but Pwar continued to go to work — despite an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Tyson plant.
During the pandemic, she slipped and fell and suffered a serious knee injury. Tyson sent her to the company clinic for first aid treatment.
Because the facility was short-staffed, she was not allowed to go home to rest. She was also not allowed to leave work to seek further medical treatment.
After continuing to work with an injured leg, she was infected with COVID-19 during an outbreak at the plant. She suffered difficulty breathing due to COVID-19 and her knee became “extremely swollen and painful.”
She was hospitalized for several weeks. Tragically, the combination of COVID-19 and a severe knee injury caused her death.
The lawsuit accuses Tyson of failing to provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent her COVID-19 infection. Tyson is also accused of “callous disregard for the safety” of workers, as well as “malicious and grossly negligent conduct.”
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed on May 15, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Amarillo Division) — Case No. 2:20-cv-00125-Z.
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