AIG WAR by T. Lee Marshall
A series on AIG and the DBA by
T. Lee Marshall
War-injured Americans are a resource for the American International Group.
AIG is KBR’s workmen’s compensation carrier; paid by and bailed out by the taxpayer.
I was a convoy bulk-fuel truck driver for KBR. In May, 2005, FOB Spiecher, I fell from atop an army fuel tanker, shattering my right hip.
Following five surgeries and four years of wheelchairs and crutches, I could finally walk, somewhat assisted by cane. The price of using two legs was severe pain in my spinal cord.
In response, two doctors requested an MRI to “get a closer look for any damage.”
Their requests were denied and AIG promptly terminated my disability compensation and medical treatment, i.e., their liability. The mere hint of a spinal injury sent my medical claim scrambling from doctors practicing medicine to AIG practicing medicine. The due date for my disability check came and went with no explanation from AIG.
AIG later filed Form LS-207 “suspension, termination of compensation” with the Department of Labor. “Employee medically non-compliant. Employee uncooperative. Employee failed to attend two Independent Medical Evaluations,” were cited reasons for termination. No mention was made of a suspected spinal injury or the requested and denied MRI. I asked AIG for clarification. AIG was silent.
The DOL later clarified AIG’s charges. Within a week, I had proven to the DOL that Federal Document LS-207 AIG submitted terminating my benefits was falsified. To put it nicely, AIG’s reasons were outright lies. Falsifying Federal Documents is a felony.
My doctor ordered twelve physical therapy sessions. I completed eleven when AIG scheduled an exam with my doctor expecting some miraculous recovery. I could barely walk; looking half dead and using a cane. “Did the doctor release you?” was the first question AIG’s case manager asked as I emerged from the exam room.
My doctor terminated the physical therapy. I did not complete all twelve sessions. AIG charges me with “non-compliance.” I demanded all communications in writing and restricted their case manager from the exam room. I wanted her forced to base her reports on the doctor’s case notes. AIG charges me with “uncooperative.” AIG scheduled an IME for 24 February, and then rescheduled it for 04 March because of a conflict with the spinal exam.
AIG’s local case manager was advised of my impending spinal exam. The case manager then advised AIG. Within minutes, I received an email cancelling my March IME “as per insurance carrier.” AIG rescheduled the first evaluation and canceled the second. AIG charges me with “employee failed to attend two IMEs.”
Reputable companies, once their charges were found to be a mistake or mis-communication, immediately rights the wrong. Reputable companies would not deal with human lives and their families with AIG’s depraved indifference. AIG’s refusal to reinstate implicates intent to defraud. “We didn’t know,” cannot be a defense.
The DOL requested an update for my case file. The documents AIG submitted substantiated my evidence proving the company lied. AIG had those documents in their possession from the beginning. The use of false charges to terminate benefits is a felony.
The Dept of Labor has requested reinstatement of my benefits in reply to every form AIG submits and re-submits. “In consideration of [my evidence],” writes the DOL in a letter to AIG’s law firm, “…there appears to be no basis for the employer/carrier to have terminated Mr. Marshall’s entitlement to compensation and medical treatment.” Still AIG persists with the same charges. What I proved to the DOL means nothing.
AIG reigns over the injured with no fear of accountability.
There are Federal penalties in place to protect the claimant from such abuses. It is the DOL’s mission to enforce those penalties, but they fail. The DOL is limited to making requests. The only authority AIG recognizes is the Administrative Law Judge. Unfortunately for the contractor, AIG has paralyzed the system with hearings from the war-injured they deny.
Thirty-one thousand contractors injured, 1400 dead, and AIG made 100 billion off our blood while paying out less than one percent in medical care. Why does the Department of Labor and the Administrative Law Judges excuse these Corporations of felonies? If the Corporations were held accountable to the Longshore Act and United States Code the system would not be paralyzed.
According to UCMJ § 802. Art. 2.(a)(4)(10), AIG, CNA, KBR, all contractors, are subject to military law.
Could the money bloating these fat corporations be better spent?
And we, the American taxpayer, own 80 percent of AIG.
T. Lee Marshall, “Streetgang”
KBR, Iraq 2004-2005