Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"JACKSON, Mo. -- A collision with a semi-trailer truck seven years ago left 52-year-old Deborah Shank permanently brain-damaged and in a wheelchair. Her husband, Jim, and three sons found a small source of solace: a $700,000 accident settlement from the trucking company involved. After legal fees and other expenses, the remaining $417,000 was put in a special trust. It was to be used for Mrs. Shank's care.
Instead, all of it is now slated to go to Mrs. Shank's former employer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc."
(go here for the entire Wall Street Journal article)

can anyone say single payer health care? while i understand the recouping of certain unneeded costs by insurers and employers if the costs are found to be ridiculous and/or frivolous, i cannot in any way understand this. and, yes, it could happen to you. or me. this is our future. more and more loopholes to allow companies and CEO's a larger slice of our money at our expense, all made legal by our government and our Supreme Court.
and they will get away with it, too, because we as a nation have become inured to the machinations of those in power. we expect to be screwed and they know it. we have turned deaf and dumb to even the most egregious of crimes perpetrated by the very individuals we elect to the halls of congress and the presidency in an effort to pretend that life is good, rosy, not smelling of the very shit we are being drowned in.
what is the line? "if you are going to lie, lie until you're blue in the face". so long as we don't bother to delve too deeply into the actions of our "leaders" the easier it becomes for them to rely on that.
it's time to wake up, smell the bullshit, and do more than simply say "i voted". because voting doesn't seem to be doing much anymore.


mintzworks said...

I......I'm ashamed to say I think this is a tragic situation, but I (gulp) agree with WalMart's actions, SORT OF.

They have to right to have the money back. They do.

HOWEVER, that paltry 450K would have bought them untold riches in great PR had they just let it alone and publicized how wonderful they were, allowing the poor family to have enough money to get by for awhile.

Still, WalMart did their job...they paid big, even for a shelf-stocker. Then, once money came from another source for the SAME expenses (subrogating the first expense payer), WalMart deserved that they can keep insuring other stock-boys and girls.

And keep our costs down as shoppers.

Still, were I a WalMart mucky-muck, I totally would have held a press conference to announce that WalMart was going to allow them to keep the moolah.

Cuz now the bad WalMart PR is gonna hurt them...badly.

airplanejayne said...

mintyz -- hate to say it, but I ::gulp also:: agree.

Many states/insurance co. have this same policy in place for Workers Comp. If you get a settlement, you have to "repay" the Workers Comp paid on your behalf.

Lawyers are just going to have to get smarter (as if that will happen) and adjust their legalese.