Insurance company reverses rejection of ‘hero’s’ medical claim

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)

  • vjacobsen

    I am sick and tired of reading about people and companies who will only do the right thing after getting caught doing the wrong thing. I am VERY happy for the man involved, but it does NOTHING to make me feel any warm fuzzies for the company.

  • jay sieling

    “Upon further review”…..same phrase as the NFL officials! Same process too. Media attention and public outcry serves as the coaches red flag to call for a challenge.

  • Jim Shapiro

    If there’s a hell…..

  • David Olsen

    I’ll be satisfied when they finally pay the $ 2.5 million bill. Saying they will pay and paying it are not the same thing. I’m glad that public opinion has swayed their thinking.

    D Olsen