Last night the wife of an IW who I met on here not long ago, took his own life last night over Worker's Comp.
He had fallen at work and broken his Neck and destroyed several lumbar and cervical vertebrae. The workers comp company (Zurich North American) denied his benefits for the first 4 month. When they did acknowledge his claim they pissed around until he was totally incapacitated in a wheelchair. He lost his Home, Car, Retirement savings, 401k, even his wifes 401k is wiped out. The IC refused to pay for his pain meds for the last several month, and at $200 a week PDA he could not afford to buy them.The UCLA hospital system refused to treat him because it was a Workers Comp injury. Even the Indigent get treatment at a county hospital, but a IW cannot.
He shot himself. The note he left said he could not deal with the pain anymore, The Vipers at the Insurance company did this to him. He watched everything he had worked for 25 years to build slip away. State Disability Insurance refused to even talk to him, since it was a W/C injury.
You said you would never sign a bill that would hurt a "TRULY INJURED WORKER".. Arnold I hope she sues you and the IC over the handling of this claim.. I think we should put up a tent city in front of Arnolds Brentwood estate, all wearing t-shirts saying "TRULY INJURED WORKER". But the real reason he signed 899 was he is an Employer who has to pay WC premiums.. Guess if you treat your Employees like shit, then a Truly Injured worker is just a fly on your strudle.