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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nebraska Supreme Court: Workers' comp includes PTSD, drug treatment after store shooting

Today's post about "PTSD" is shared from omaha.com

LINCOLN — The two armed men robbing Gen-X Clothing in June 2011 warned store manager Matthew Kim not to report the crime.
He reported it anyway, leading to the arrest of the two men.
One robber's brother showed up at the 76th and Cass Streets store two weeks later and shot Kim 12 times to keep him from testifying. The brother followed up with telephone threats against Kim, his mother and his son.
Kim testified anyway, helping send all three men to prison.
Workers' compensation covered his hospital and medical bills and paid temporary disability benefits during his physical recovery.
But Gen-X and its workers' compensation insurance company balked at paying for treatment when Kim developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the crime, leading to a severe drug and alcohol dependency.
On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled against the Omaha clothing store and the insurer, Farmer's Truck Insurance Exchange.
The state high court ordered Gen-X and Farmer's to pay for Kim's inpatient chemical dependency treatment and his future medical expenses.
It also ordered them to continue paying him temporary disability benefits.
Dirk Block, an attorney for Kim, said his client was “very pleased and grateful” for the ruling. The decision means Kim will have a source of support while he continues his recovery, Block said.
“He's a pretty brave guy, to be treated this badly,” he said. “It's been very unfortunate that, in addition to having to face down...
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