Social Worker Denied Worker’s Comp for $2.5 Million in Medical Bills After Trying to Rescue Joplin Tornado Victims

Mark Lindquist, a social worker in Joplin, Missouri, nearly died trying to rescue three developmentally disabled adults during the Joplin tornado that destroyed over 7,0000 homes. Linquist, 51, made little more than minimum wage at the group home where he worked and couldn’t afford health insurance.

After using his body to shield some of the patients, he was later found near death in the rubble. Doctors are astounded at his recovery, which comes after $2.5 million worth of medical expenses. However, his worker’s compensation claim was denied, on the basis that the risk he faced was no different than that to the general public. Legislators are calling for a review of his claim.

Sources:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/10/social_worker_who_nearly_died.html
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2011/10/16/mo-man-finds-love-again-after-deadly-may-tornado/