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Health benefits to be paid for employee injured in robbery attempt

Posted September 30, 2009

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— A man who was shot while on the job in Cary said Tuesday that his former employer has agreed to pay for his health benefits.

Richard Huether was closing the HoneyBaked Ham store in Crossroads Plaza in April when, police say, a gunman approached him, attempted to rob him and shot him in the stomach.

Several surgeries later, he's still unable to go back to work. Doctors tell him that the earliest he could return to work would be in December.

Huether has been on worker's compensation since April. When the benefits expired, he received an official notice that HoneyBaked Ham terminated his employment and canceled health benefits for him and his family.

Huether told WRAL News Tuesday that the company has since decided to pay for his COBRA continuation health coverage.

Meanwhile, authorities still have not charged anyone in the attempted robbery.

Police said the suspect seen running from the area was described as a white man between 16 to 25 years old and was wearing a gray hooded jacket, a white and green ski hat, blue jeans and multi-colored shoes.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4016 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2745.

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  • Guy Oct 2, 2009

    He still does not have a JOB.....Thanks HBH'S There was a time in America when a company would do the right thing and look after a worker who had been shot on the job, Have we no shame ?

  • Lindasue Sep 30, 2009

    Too little too late. I'll never buy anything from HBH again.

  • james27613 Sep 30, 2009

    No doubt the bad publicity and the man hiring his own lawyer to help him get what he is entitled to made the difference.

    Depending on the type of ammo used during the shooting,
    the bullet could have caused considerable damage to his
    internal organs and that is why he needs more time to pass
    before he may return to working.

  • blackdog Sep 30, 2009

    Here is a story all should read.

    http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/6109598/

  • blackdog Sep 30, 2009

    Workman's Comp is private insurance. It is required by buisnesses. Private providers can and often do increase premium rates when profits are diminishing due to claims.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 30, 2009

    djkelly,

    I have been saying almost the exact same thing all day. This is very much a WORKER'S COMP issue.

    HoneyBaked Ham is not unlike a great many companies in North Carolina when it comes to this GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED Insurance...by that I mean, if they can CUT AND PUSH their responsibilities onto the taxpayer OUTRIGHT, they do it. In this case HBH's feeble excuse for "terminating" him was "to make him eligible for Social Security Disability"...LAME!

    BTW, its not at all unusual in North Carolina for an EMPLOYER to DEMAND the resignation or voluntary termination of employment as a CONDITION OF payment of Worker's Comp. This is STANDARD and ALWAYS REQUESTED during MEDIATION!!!!

    What most people do not realize UNTIL TOO LATE is they are perfectly within their rights to tel the company to SHOVE IT!

    My question comes back to THE GOVERNMENT THAT ALLOWS THIS AS STANDARD PRACTISE IN A PROGRAM THEY CONTROL!!!!!

  • Scubagirl Sep 30, 2009

    "This has nothing to do with health insurance, it's about worker's compensation which is administered by private companies but very strictly regulated and overseen by the state.
    "
    It has EVERYTHING to do w/ health insurance.

  • djkelly Sep 30, 2009

    This isn't a clear case of anything. There must be more to the story than what's been made public.

    First, it seems odd that his worker's compensation has expired. Workers' comp doesn't expire after a set amount of time. It's more likely there's a disgreement between his doctors who say he can't go back to work til December and whoever is in charge of his case that thinks he can go back to work now.

    This has nothing to do with health insurance, it's about worker's compensation which is administered by private companies but very strictly regulated and overseen by the state.

    It sounds like someone is getting some very bad advice in this case.

  • Scubagirl Sep 30, 2009

    "Huether told WRAL News Tuesday that the company has since decided to pay for his COBRA continuation health coverage."

    Now THAT'S the right and proper thing to do. I am so glad to hear this.

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 30, 2009

    Well that is a shame. Hopefully he will be able to work again soon and if not for HBH, someone else.

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