Survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist assault in San Bernardino stated Friday that remedy continues to be being delayed or denied after the county assigned an outdoor agency to expedite staff’ compensation claims.
As of Jan. 5, an worker with Sherman Oaks-based mostly IW Care Connection stated the agency had contacted solely about half of survivors, who work for the San Bernardino County public well being division’s Environmental Well being Providers division, survivors stated Friday.
Those that have been contacted haven’t seen the method expedited, survivors stated.
“It simply looks like one other empty promise,” stated Ray Britain, who hadn’t been contacted by early Friday afternoon. He was Environmental Well being Providers division interim chief the day of the mass capturing that left 14 individuals lifeless and fifty seven survivors.
Late Friday afternoon, county spokesman David Wert stated all however two of the fifty three survivors assigned to IW Care Connection had been contacted. The opposite two can be contacted by day’s finish, he stated.
“For these individuals who haven’t been contacted, the county can’t blame them for feeling that means. It wasn’t the county’s intention for it to take this lengthy,” Wert stated. He stated these contacted are getting “higher service.”
Delays have been brought on by the county getting permission from attorneys, reconfiguring an IT system permitting IWCC restricted entry to survivors’ info, and case evaluations and prolonged preliminary interviews, he stated.
Survivor Sally Cardinale stated she and others obtained calls Friday in a “mad rush” after survivors put out a press launch saying the county wasn’t expediting claims as promised.
Delays and denials
After survivors spoke out at a Nov. 28 particular Board of Supervisors assembly about issues getting remedy, county officers stated they’d rent an outdoor agency to hurry up the method.
No new agency was employed, however IWCC’s work dealing with staff’ compensation case administration for survivors was expanded Dec. 19 so it might monitor extra instances and guarantee paperwork is filed appropriately.
Julie Swann-Paez, who survived two gunshots to the pelvis, has gone with out bodily remedy for a month.
The IWCC case supervisor who has accompanied her to each physician’s appointment since shortly after the assault hasn’t expedited issues, as a result of the county doesn’t give her authority to approve something, Swann-Paez stated.
Regardless of a Dec. 23 announcement that the U.S. Division of Justice is offering $four million for his or her wants, survivors stated they’re not getting counseling, antidepressants or medicine for nervousness and submit-traumatic stress dysfunction, or should pay for the drugs themselves.
Britain has needed to pay out of pocket for blood strain drugs to deal with nervousness and PTSD, together with issues with sleep and nightmares, for 2 months.
A physician put environmental well being technician Lucy Legorreta, 36, out on depart Nov. 29 after months of issues getting antidepressants….