In fallout of workers compensation dispute, one insurer eventually forced to pay
When William Baird suffered catastrophic injuries in a truck rollover, he was forced to sue Safeco and Travelers Insurance Company to secure payment of more than $1.4 million dollars in medical payments plus lost wages. The no fault insurer of the vehicle and the workers compensation insurer of Baird's employer both owed these benefits, but each claimed the other was higher in priority or solely responsible.
Eventually, Travelers, the comp insurer, lost this fight and was ordered to pay the medical and wages, and also the attorneys' fees incurred by Safeco. This month, the Court upheld that decision with the sole exception of interest earned on the attorneys fees.