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As we noted, California’s troubled Victims Compensation Board will reportedly provide $4 million for the victims of the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The backstory here is that these seriously injured government workers have become victims of government agencies.
“The problems started when San Bernardino County placed the terror victims into California’s Workers’ Comp System,” Matt Sawicki reported for Fox News last month. “Many survivors then had their claims repeatedly denied or modified.”
Terrorist Tashfeen Malik shot Valerie Weber twice, leaving her with a paralyzed arm and shattered pelvis. “I have to fight for treatments all doctors and surgeons say I need,” Weber told reporters. “Everyone was saying I need this, and yet my claim was sent to utilization review and being denied.”
This and other cases, such as Amanda Gaspard, shot multiple times, prompted an investigation. The county acknowledged the denials and called for “better communication” to claims administrators. San Bernardino County Board chairman, Robert A. Lovingood claimed “the county has worked hard and effectively to ensure safe, and complete care” for the injured employees and that has been “the county’s priority since that fateful day.” Based on their experience, San Bernardino injured victims don’t think so, and some have even petitioned President Trump for help.
San Bernardino is not the only case of government failing to provide terror victims with the medical treatment they need. In November, 2009, U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist, killed 13 and wounded more than 13 at Fort Hood, Texas. Nidal shot unarmed sergeant Alonzo Lunsford once in the head and six times in the body. The Army, following President Obama’s view that this was “workplace violence” and not terrorism, refused to cover an operation to remove a bullet. “Each one of us has gotten a raw deal somewhere down the line,” Lunsford told reporters.
Meanwhile, California’s Workers Comp system seemed to work well when Lt. John Pike, the cop who in 2011 pepper-sprayed students at UC Davis, claimed damage to his “psyche” and got a settlement of $38,055. On the other hand, when it comes to serious physical injuries the system does not work so well. The San Bernardino terrorist attack victims have learned that government’s proclaimed priorities can easily fail to match government performance.