Posted On: December 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Bank Teller Held at Gunpoint Wants Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A 56-year-old bank teller is seeking workers’ compensation benefits for the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffers from a robbery at her bank on May 26. Edith Johnson was held at gunpoint, handcuffed, and ordered to the ground.

Police say that one of the robbers pointed a sawed-off shotgun at Johnson while the other robber grabbed money from the teller drawer and the vault. The robbery was the third one to take place at the bank while she was employed there and the second one that occurred while she was on duty.

Following this latest robbery, Johnson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. According to Johnson’s workers’ compensation lawyer, the incident left her frightened and she can no longer do her job.

Yet the state has denied her claim by noting that state law doesn’t cover mental injury inflicted by “mental stimulus.” Johnson’s workers’ compensation attorney, however, points out that the stress suffered from becoming the victim of a bank robbery is not the same as “everyday stress” that one experiences on the job. He also says his client failed to meet the deadline for filing an appeal because she never received the letter of denial.

A hearing date has been set following a judge’s order that the state reconsider Johnson’s workers’ compensation claim.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Although it shouldn’t be this way, some injured workers may find it hard to receive the Illinois workers’ compensation benefits that they are owed. These disputes can be stressful for the worker, who now must worry about medical costs, lost wages, recovery expenses, and providing financial support to family members while attempting to recover from injury or illness.

Lawyer says teller deserves workers comp, WDAY News, December 18, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Workers' Compensation, Justia

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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