The heart — or possibly, a good head for public relations — has won out in the story on 5×8 this morning about the Joplin tornado “hero” who was stuck with a $2.5 million health care bill when his insurance company rejected his claim.
“Upon further review of the case, and receiving additional information on the facts involved in this situation, Accident Fund believes the appropriate decision is to honor Mr. Mark Lindquist’s claim for worker’s compensation benefits,” Mike Britt, president of the Lansing, Mich.-based insurance company, said (reported in the Chicago Tribune). “We are committed to working with Mr. Lindquist to ensure he receives all the benefits to which he is entitled and helping him to recover from his injuries.”
Mark Lindquist was badly hurt when he tried save three special needs adults. Lindquist said he never even considered trying to get away from the tornado and leaving behind the three men under his care, the newspaper said.
(h/t: Matt Sepic)