Officers responded to McDonalds on a shooting just occurred call and located Nigel Haskett who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Haskett was transported to Baptist Hospital by MEMS and is listed in critical condition. Detectives also responded and interviewed several witnesses who advised that Perry Kennon and Jessica Canady, the mother of his 2 children, were involved in a physical altercation inside McDonalds. Haskett, who is an employee, came to Canady’s aid and pulled Kennon off of her. Haskett and Kennon then began to fight. They fought their way out of McDonalds onto the parking lot, at which time Kennon pulled out a gun and shot Haskett in the upper torso, then fled the area in a vehicle before officers arrived. Warrants for Battery 1st Degree were obtained for Kennon’s arrest.
"[District Judge Lee] Munson passed the case on to Pulaski Circuit Court, and he and his court reporter each contributed $100 to a fund for Haskett that was set up by Twin City Bank."
"While this is indeed a local issue it would behoove McDonald's Corporation to consider applying pressure on the franchisee and it's insurance company to provide worker comp. benefits to Haskett. It's the right thing to do.
Also, many people don't know the distinction between the entities involved. McDonald's comes out looking bad and heartless, if benefits are denied."
The dean then got a letter from the P.R. department of McDs asking him if he knew that McJobs was their program to provide jobs and training for the mentally challenged and claiming that his use of McJobs was both incorrect and demeaning to these mentally challenged workers.
"Our franchising initiatives have brought our restaurant ownership mix to 78% franchised, 22% Company-operated."
That said, we pay 33c in the dollar in income tax here (middle income), I assume that would be unacceptable to most USA voters?
“After three surgeries, $300,000 in medical bills and six months recovery, Haskett filed a workers compensation claim for his injuries.
Claims specialist Misty Thompson with insurance company Ramsey, Krug, Farrell and Lensing responded, denying Haskett's claim.
‘We've denied this claim in its entirety, it's our opinion that Mr. Haskett's injuries did not arise out of or within the course of his employment,’ a portion of the statement reads.
Philip Wilson is Haskett's attorney. He says the defense from McDonald's insurer is baffling.
‘Seems like any employer would want a disturbance stopped and that's what this young man was simply trying to do,’ Wilson says.
Wilson says he is now seeking a hearing before the Workers Compensation Commission.
‘Nigel is a very nice young man,’ Wilson told FOX16 News Thursday. ‘He says 'yes sir, no sir' and he was just doing what anybody would do in that situation, on or off the job.’
Haskett's boss Ray Nosler called him a hero for his actions last August and contributed to a fund setup for his employee. He provided a statement to FOX16 News.
‘We are all grateful to Nigel and that's why it is so unfortunate that he's having a difficult time with the insurance claim,’ Nosler says. ‘Because the insurance claim is still pending, I’m not able to say more about it, but I hope his claim will come to a quick resolution and the right thing will be done for my employee.’
Wilson says the right thing is for McDonald’s insurer to pay the claim.
‘Surely we want our young people to step in and break up a fight if something like that were to happen, especially on your own employers premises, I would,’ Wilson says.
As part of the denial, the insurer included a page that details expectations of employees during orientation. In a robbery situation it tells employees not to do anything that would put themselves or anyone else in danger. Wilson asserts that clause does not apply in this incident.
Wilson says his client has recently returned to work to pay bills. The fund setup for Haskett is still accepting donations at all area Twin City Bank locations.”
"Wilson says his client has recently returned to work to pay bills."*
“…the insurance agency representing McDonalds says he doesn't qualify for Worker's Compensation in this incident. And the franchise owner of that McDonald's says: don't jump to conclusions. ‘We are all grateful to Nigel and that's why it is so unfortunate that he's having a difficult time with the insurance claim however, the fact of the matter is that I do not have control over whether my employee's claim is paid by Worker's Compensation. It is my understanding that there has not been a final determination by the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission. I am taking this very seriously, and doing what I can to help and I hope his claim will come to a quick resolution and the right thing will be done for my employee.’ But Haskett's attorney says he's entitled to the money, and will fight the insurance company for it in court. ‘They do everything they can not to pay a client. That's what we have here. They just try to get out of paying any way they can,’ said Haskett’s attorney Philip Wilson. There is a process to filing this claim and only the first part has been denied. The case will now go before a judge, then possibly the worker's comp commission. It could even be appealed to the Supreme Court.”*
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