Having an injury on the job can sometimes be scary. Take for instance the case of Mr. Ed Martin, Texas Deputy Sheriff. We all know that the life of a police officer, and almost any other first responder, is a hectic and stressful one. This is true of not only those who put on the uniform, but of their families as well. Certainly, no one knows this better than Ed Martin and his wife and children, who ten years ago faced the unimaginable.
In June of 2006, Martin responded to a 911 call and was greeted by a shotgun blast which nearly killed him. Thankfully, this story has a mostly happy ending in regards to Martin’s survival. At 3:30 in the morning, Martin placed a call to his wife telling her to get their three children up at meet him at the hospital which he was being taken to via helicopter. Although Martin’s arm was severely injured and the main artery had been torn open, doctors were able to save him. They credited this mostly to his bullet proof vest and the speed with which the helicopter was able to medically evacuate him to the hospital. You can then imagine the Martin’s surprise when a couple of weeks later they got a phone call stating that they would need to pay $7,300 for a “not medically necessary” life flight.
Although Martin did not hire a lawyer for his workers compensation claim, he was assigned a case manager nurse from the insurance company. He stated that even though she would sometimes seem infuriated because of the problems he was having with the company, she was actually the one giving information to the claims company that was stalling his rehabilitation. This company found many things over this time “not medically necessary”, much to Martin’s confusion. While he returned to work after two years, both he and his doctors believed that he should have waited. Unfortunately, due to state laws, he was running out of time on his worker’s compensation payments and could not go without a paycheck. As of 2011, his left hand still had only half of the strength that his right one did.
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