Victims of San Bernardino Terror Attacks Struggle for Compensation

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 16-Dec-2016

On December 2nd, 2015, a terrorist opened fire on office workers at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, killing 14 and seriously injuring 22 others. A year later, many of those survivors are caught in a frustrating battle with the county’s and the state’s workers’ compensation programs.

Some survivors have not received all of the treatments recommended by their doctors. Others began treatments only to have them canceled early. More still need new treatments as their conditions worsen or change but have no clue if they will be provided the care or not.

A representative of the county stated that San Bernardino workers’ compensation was planning on hiring a group of liaisons that would work specifically with the victims of the terrorist attack. He went on to say that the county would like to give the victims the coverage for medical treatments beyond the minimum requirements of the law. But the truth of the statements will only be known if and when the treatments are approved.

Why are Treatments Being Delayed or Denied?

California is just one of many states that recently reformed workers’ compensation laws to put less accountability onto employers and, ultimately, save them money. The effects of some of those changes might be represented here in the ongoing San Bernardino terrorist shooting attack. In particular, rehabilitative therapy covered by workers’ compensation was noticeably reduced, and this is the exact type of treatment the survivors need most.

The system can also feel convoluted as a patient’s medical needs are reviewed by numerous firms and doctors. In some cases, the decision to provide a patient with care or not can trade hands more than three-times before the final conclusion is met. All the while, the patient has to try to manage on their own or consider paying for alternative options, assuming those options don’t invalidate their workers’ compensation claim.

(For more information about this ongoing story, The Seattle Times published an interesting article recently, which can be read here.)

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