Sedgwick vs. The People:
“Deny, Delay and Drive Injured Workers Away”
Round 3: Sedgwick v. Gabriel Padilla
The third in a series spotlighting the workers’ compensation claims handling practices of insurers like Sedgwick Claims Management Services, the largest workers’ compensation claims handler in North America. “Why does the State of California allow unacceptable treatment of Californians injured on their jobs?”
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546, Steve@hopcraft.com; Twitter: @shopcraft
I have three children: a son, 12; a daughter, 6; and, a baby son, just 5 months old.
I worked for Chiquita Brands Inc. in 2012 into 2013.
I was a general laborer, making boxes, cleaning up in the packing shed, and doing whatever needed to be done to keep the workplace clean and moving.
On Jan. 8, 2013, I was throwing out trash. This was during the lettuce season, and many heads are rejected for one reason or another.
The trash bag full of discarded lettuce heads was very heavy, and I injured my arm lifting it.
I never had any problems lifting trash, making boxes or doing any of my other work duties before Jan. 8.
Sedgwick denied my claim and left me to twist in the wind without temporary disability support, medical treatment or permanent disability compensation.
Sedgwick has been fighting this case tooth and nail for no good reason.
They have provided no explanation for delaying and denying my claim.
It has been more than 8 months since my injury and I have been unable to work.
I finally have a doctor’s appointment in September. Then, it will be months waiting for his medical report, and Sedgwick will likely delay beyond the report and try to avoid paying for my work injury.
To Sedgwick, it’s just a way to try to save a few more dollars for themselves and Chiquita.
But for me, it’s the ability to provide a roof over my family’s head and food for their mouths.
I am entitled to temporary disability to help pay my bills while I heal.
I can’t heal as Sedgwick has denied medical treatment.
When we get hurt doing our jobs, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is supposed to pay for medical care and disability compensation so we can heal and support our families while we try to return to work. Why is Sedgwick not doing its job?
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