Matt Tills won a hearing in Utah on compensability. The claim was denied and dismissed. The claimant’s demand for settlement before hearing was $97,000. The claimant was found not credible and the employer witness and the IME were found credible by the ALJ.
A small but active crew from White and Steele helped out with composting, food to shelf, customer service, tearing down boxes and cleaning for August's volunteering night! A highlight was helping a Bennett farmer load his truck with compost and rotten tomatoes for his pigs. He brings food donations in and takes composted material out- a great trade for Metro Caring.
Thank you to Bob Coate and his wife Tracy, Matt Tills and Louie Reininger for volunteering!
The distribution night before Thanksgiving is always extra busy and extra rewarding! Thank you to Jodi Derrera-Guffey (with Lorraine, Nina, and Brandi), Monty Barnett (with Denise, Brandon, and Gabe), Rachel Ryckman (with Kris, Jason, Parker, and Landon), Matt Tills ( with Tricia), Savvi Neufer (with Ross), Louie Reinenger, Susan Portillos and Mike Daugherty for their volunteering time in November. This was the biggest turnout yet and everyone got a ton done. Jodi and her crew, Rachel and her crew, Monte and his crew, Savvi and Ross, Louie, Matt and Mike all worked in the warehouse. They sorted a lot of produce, including a ton of cucumbers (if the produce does not get sorted and into the marketplace it ends up going bad). The group also broke down big bags of pinto beans (10 or more 15 pound bags) into family size portions, they sorted canned goods and dried goods, loaded and moved pallets of produce to get into the marketplace, washed down bins, broke down boxes, etc. They got about a week’s worth of work done which is huge. There was a lot of laughter and fun going on back there also! Tricia and Susan worked in the marketplace starting people shopping, checking them in and helping weigh them on their way out along with Matt’s periodic help.
"It’s always rewarding to volunteer at Metro Caring, but this month was especially unique due to our large group. We were not only able to get a lot of tasks accomplished, but it also provided a nice opportunity to spend time with colleagues and their families outside of the office, and that made for an even more enjoyable evening." -Louie Reininger
"It was my first time volunteering for anything, and I must say it was a great feeling to be able to do something to make someone’s life a little easier. It being right before Thanksgiving made it even more special." -Jodi Derrera-Guffey
"If anything I would say that it felt a little chaotic at times, but it was still great to see so many faces and we got so much extra work done than we normally would!" -Savvi Neufer
"It was nice to help others. I thought the shopping area was cool." -Landon
"It meant a lot to me to help others." -Parker
"We had a great turnout of White & Steele volunteers (along with friends and family members) and, as usual, it was a rewarding and fun experience. With the number of people that showed up we accomplished a lot of work and helped a lot of people feed their families over the Thanksgiving holiday." -Monty Barnett
40 families went through the marketplace that night, and their boxes were overflowing with food to the point the boxes were breaking! Each family went home with a turkey, and most with two turkeys! A lot of happy faces as they went out with their hauls. Thanks to everyone in the warehouse for getting so much food out on the shelves!
Come join the White and Steele group at the next volunteering night on December 27, 2016.
Matt Tills recently won a hearing on compensability. The claimant delayed reporting the injury for a month and a half and only did so once he was laid off. There was a legitimate problem with the claimant’s knee but the judge denied the claim based on the delay in reporting and the introduction of text messages at hearing which damaged the claimant’s credibility.
Matt Tills won three hearings in worker’s compensation. In the first case the claimant alleged a work injury occurred while chest-thumping a co-worker, which caused him to fall and shatter his elbow. The claim was denied alleging the horseplay defense, and the Administrative Law Judge agreed and denied the case.
In the second case the claimant alleged a work injury when she tripped over a curb while leaving to clock out of work on a Friday afternoon, and did not report the injury until the following Monday. Due to numerous red flags raising concerns about the credibility of the claimant, the claim was denied. The Administrative Law Judge agreed that the claimant was not credible and upheld the denial.
In the final case the claimant had severe work restrictions with a limited education and alleged he was permanently and totally disabled. However, the Administrative Law Judge believed the respondents provided enough evidence of potential work the Claimant could perform, and therefore he was capable of earning wages and the permanent total claim was denied.