In September 2017, Neil Eckelberger suffered severe burns and other injuries when an explosion occurred at the Natural Advantage Food Flavorings plant in Lakeland, Florida. The explosion caused some walls and ceilings to collapse and blew a hole in the middle of the roof. Three individuals, including Eckelberger, were injured in the accident.
Eckelberger was taken by paramedics to be treated for his injuries in the burn unit at Tampa General Hospital. He had to have pig skin surgically implanted onto his arms to help the healing process. One implant was successful, but the other was not. As one might expect, Eckelberger’s wounds were not just physical — he says he suffered psychological injuries from the trauma, as well.
However, when he was discharged, the level of care he received from the referred caregivers through his workers’ comp provider, Travelers, was nowhere near the same standard. The nurse who worked with him in his home was not qualified to deal with his burns, and the ongoing recovery process became significantly worse than it would have been had he received proper care. Eckelberger claims his insurance provider was unhelpful throughout the process.
Dealing with workers’ compensation issues
Just because you get approved on a claim doesn’t mean you will not need further assistance or representation from a workers’ compensation attorney. You are entitled to a reasonable standard of care, including care from healthcare professionals who are qualified to treat your specific condition.
To learn more about the steps you should take when dealing with your workers’ compensation claim, meet with a trusted Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh.