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Camden NJ Police Officer Amputation

$100,000 goal

Campaign created 9 months ago
Created September 6, 2018
https://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2015/08/ex-camden_city_police_officer_injured_in_2007_fire.html

Maritza Cortes, my sister-in-law, also developed complications from her injury. She developed COMPLEX REGIONAL; PAIN SYNDROME that could require her to get amputations to prevent it from spreading to her other limbs.


MARITZA Cortes was ordered by a superior officer to transport BY HERSELF a suspect arrested on drug charges to West Jersey Hospital, as the man was complaining of a seizure.

"What am I supposed to do?" she said of the sergeant's order to transport his prisoner, going on to claim it was against standard operating procedure for one officer to transport an inmate alone.

"I knew he was faking it," Cortes, who has more than two decades of experience as an EMT, said of the man's medical distress. being cleared from the hospital, the i was putting him back into my police vehicle when he attempted to flee. I pulled on his handcuffs and he fell backwards onto me, injuring my left knee and hand. My first knee surgery was in October 2007; another was necessary two months later.

After returning to duty, Cortes injured her knee again again in July 2009 when responding to a burglary call and she was diagnosed with a left knee contusion and left small patellar fracture.

Per Scibal's request, the police department's former insurance company, in November 2010, Cortes immediately sent out medical records pertaining to her knee injury. Authorizing treatment, however, remains a step too far despite court orders in October 2012 for medical treatment. Another motion was filed in court by Cortes' lawyer seven month's later for Scibal's apparent non-compliance.

The insurance company agreed in June 2013 to an independent medical exam -- not treatment.

"I show the doctors the court orders, but on each occasion I have been told they are only allowed to do what they are contracted by the insurance carrier to do," Cortes said.

"I have been seeking treatment under my private insurance and they have denied several treatments," Cortes wrote in an email explaining her other attempts at treatment. "This is due to the fact that my insurance states this was an initial injury sustained at work and as a result, a lien has been placed against me for the monies that they have paid out involving my left knee."

Cortes doesn't know where to turn. Seeing a doctor for injuries sustained in 2007 and addressing a chronic pain syndrome that's spreading is all she wants.

"This helps," Cortes says, putting a finger on a worker's comp pay stub "I need the medical attention."

https://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2015/08/ex-camden_city_police_officer_injured_in_2007_fire.html
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I want to thank all supporters and those who have donated or shared. A very small donation and positive comments about Maritza will tremendously help her campaign to clamor on the bandwagon. Maritza's case appears to be inexplicably boggled down in Workers Compensation Court instead of NJ State Court. Her medical issues are now permanent and not stricty temporary.
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Maritza also developed complications from her injury. She developed COMPLEX REGIONAL; PAIN SYNDROME that could need her to get amputations to prevent it from spreading to her other limbs.
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Created September 6, 2018
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