Taco Bell Employee Shot By Customer: Injured Workers in the News, #93

In North Carolina, a Taco Bell Worker is left fighting for their life.  A customer, reportedly upset over believing that they received the wrong amount of change, opened fire and short the worker multiple times.  It is reported that a suspect has been taken into custody.  Dailymail.com  The employee was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

 This article will discuss the steps that can be taken to assist an Injured Worker who suffered a traumatic injury.

If The Taco Bell Worker Created the Incident By Giving the Wrong Change, Does It Matter?

In California, and most states, workers’ compensation is a “no fault” system.  As such, a Worker  making an innocent accounting mistake would not be barred from filing a claim in this instance. 

 What Can Be Done Within the Workers’ Compensation Claims System To Address A Traumatic Injury Such As This Shooting?

While the California workers’ compensation system provides treatment for Injured Workers suffering from traumatic injuries such as this shooting, there is additional help that can be provided to improve such medical care.  As a representative of Injured Workers, in an instance such as this shooting,  I will reach out to the Insurance Company and seek an agreement to employ a Nurse Case Manager on the claim.  Sometime, the Insurance Companies will initiate it as well.  Nurse Case Managers, in complex cases, serve to connect the patients with the health care providers.  They also can assist with scheduling treatment plans.  Further, they can attend doctor’s appointments and participate in the recovery process.  In some instances, such as recovery from major surgeries, Nurse Case Managers can make sure that all of the Injured Worker’s needs are met.   In minor injury cases, Nurse Case Managers, however, appear to be more interested in getting the industrial treatment concluded and closing the case. 

What If I Need Legal Advice?

If you would like a free consultation regarding workers’ compensation, please contact the Law Offices of Edward J. Singer, a Professional Law Corporation. We have been helping people in Central and Southern California deal with their workers’ compensation cases for 30 years. Contact us today for more information.

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