A Fox News Reporter sustained severe injuries when he and his crew came under attack in Ukraine. According to reports, Mr. Hall, the reporter, wrote, “[t]o sum it up, I’ve lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other. One hand is being put together, one eye is no longer working, and my hearing is pretty blown… but all in all I feel pretty damn lucky to be here – and it is the people who got me here who are amazing!” poynter.org
It is reported that he had extensive medical treatment. He was evacuated out of Ukraine. He was taken to Germany and then he was taken to Texas for treatment.
This article will discuss issues of this fact pattern as if it would fall under a California Workers’ Compensation Law.
Does Medical Treatment Include Transportation Costs?
Yes. Medical transportation is included as part of medical treatment In Mr. Hall’s instance, there was Med-Evac Treatment. In other terms, Medical Transportation is necessary as part of medical treatment. This is included with Labor Code Section 4600 under the provision to provide medical treatment which is reasonably required to cure or relieve from the effects of the injury. Air Ambulance Services are included under this provision.
Are There Any Special Benefits That Would Be Available Under Workers’ Compensation Law?
Yes. There are two body parts that may make Mr. Hall eligible for additional periods of temporary disability given the facts. The amputation would qualify him for the extended TTD benefits in accordance with Labor Code Section 4656. Likewise, his eye injury may also qualify him for the benefit. His injury to his eye was caused by a high velocity object or it was a result of a chemical burn. This determination will require a determination by a medical doctor as to the cause. The specific language in the statute is “high-velocity eye injuries” or “chemical burns to the eyes.”
What Would Be the Venue for This Claim?
While the injury happened in Ukraine, this claim will be filed at a particular state. Most likely, Mr. Hall’s claim could be filed at the location he works. Thus, if he is based out of Texas, Texas law may apply. Venue, at times, can involve a multitude of factors. This can include where his contract was made or which States Mr. Hall worked in at Fox. In otherwords, there may be a choice of venue given the facts of the case.
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