Posted on February 23rd, 2009 by Zane Cagle
When an employee stopped a domestic fight in a McDonald’s dining area, the fast food employee was praised as a hero, sustaining multiple gunshots injuries while attempting to keep the violent man out of the restaurant. Now, McDonald’s insurance company is denying the employee worker’s compensation benefits, claiming that his injuries fell outside the, “scope of his employment.”
As seen on a surveillance video, a man with a history of criminal behavior, was smacking a woman in the face when the male employee tackled him, ejecting him from the premises. Moments later, the employee stumbled back inside and collapsed after the violent man had shot him several times in the stomach.
The employee, only 21-years of age at the time of the incident, applied for worker’s comp after he incurred nearly $300,000 in medical bills for three abdominal surgeries. According to McDonalds, employees are told to call police in the event of a robbery or dangerous altercation and not to take matters into their own hands. The employee victim claimed he was never informed of that policy and acted in the spur of the moment to keep the woman safe.
Supporters of the victim have turned to previous cases where courts have deemed “good Samaritan” acts while on the job within the realm of compensation, especially if it results in good will toward the employer. So far, McDonald’s denial of benefits has negatively impacted public opinion, and the fast food chain has declined comment as the case is still pending before the Workers Compensation Commission.
When an employee is injured on the job because of the actions or negligence of the employer, he or she is entitled to workers compensation benefits covering lost wages, medical bills and even death. If you have been injured on the job and feel you have been wrongfully denied benefits, call the experienced Workers Compensation Attorneys at Page Cagle today for a free consultation. We have the experience and know how to build your case and help you get what you deserve. Call Zane T. Cagle today for a free consultation at 1(314) 276-1681.