Wichita Falls first responder fighting for expected benefits - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls first responder fighting for expected benefits

One Wichita Falls police officer said all he wants is to feel better and get his life back. (Source: KAUZ) One Wichita Falls police officer said all he wants is to feel better and get his life back. (Source: KAUZ)
  • RELATED LINKSMore>>

  • WFPD officers, family show support for Ofc. Putney

    WFPD officers, family show support for Ofc. Putney

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-05-01 22:26:33 GMT
    Dozens of people show up to support Wichita Falls Police Officer Tim Putney. (Source: KAUZ)Dozens of people show up to support Wichita Falls Police Officer Tim Putney. (Source: KAUZ)

    Newschannel 6 broke the story Monday of a Wichita Falls police officer who was injured on the job and doesn't feel he's getting the proper medical attention.

    Newschannel 6 broke the story Monday of a Wichita Falls police officer who was injured on the job and doesn't feel he's getting the proper medical attention.

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) -

One Wichita Falls police officer is still trying to recover from an injury he suffered in July. It's left other officers upset with the worker's compensation process, and they're doing something about it.

They plan on expressing their frustration at Tuesday's city council meeting over the city's risk management company for first responders, Edwards Risk Management out of Marble Falls, Texas.

In July Officer Tim Putney suffered a lower back injury after he was kicked and knocked onto a curb in a struggle with a suspect.

"It was that dreaded phone call that you don't ever want to get," his wife, Chelsea Putney said. "His supervisor called saying your husband was involved in an accident. He's okay but you need to get to the hospital."

Nine months later he is still dealing with the injury. His wife said that's because he's not getting the proper medical treatment.

"He had fallen down the stairs a couple times at work," Chelsea said. "So the doctor finally took him off light duty. He just keeps losing his feeling on his right side, which just causes him to immediately fall."

"When the MRI was read the very first time at the hospital, the doctor read it as if he just had a bruised back," she added. "We'd gone to a couple different doctors in Dallas that all looked at the exact same MRI and said that's not the case. He has several things wrong with him and the only way to fix this is surgery."

His wife said nearly all of his doctors' requests have been denied by Edwards Risk Management.

"The city is just saying that they have nothing to do with this," Chelsea said. "That they cannot help us at all. That it's just the process."

She said after a handful of doctor request denials, his doctors moved on and he filed an appeal with the city.

The Putney's said the city requested a required medical exam by a doctor of the city's choice.

A letter from Wichita Falls shows the city requiring Officer Putney to go see their doctor or he could lose his benefits.

Chelsea said the doctor recommended he go back to work with no restrictions because he was faking the injury.

However, the city's human resources department told Newschannel 6 an employee can pick whatever physician they want after an appeal regardless of what is recommended.

Other police officers are rallying behind the ten-year veteran.

"it just feels good to have them stand up, back us, and say that hey this is wrong and at any time this could happen to any of them," Chelsea said. "That's always what he wanted to do since he was little. He wanted to be a police officer."

We reached out to Wichita Falls City Manager Darron Leiker for further comment, but he was unable to say anymore due to possible pending litigation and the medical information being private.

Newschannel 6 will be at Tuesday's city council meeting and will bring you the latest if or when any police officers speak to the city council.

Copyright 2018 RNN Texoma. All Rights Reserved.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 11:14 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:14:34 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".
  • US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

    US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:52:00 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 11:14 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:14:10 GMT
    fasfdafasfda

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal...

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:21:59 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 11:13 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:13:49 GMT
    The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/professionalservices/clients/raycom/kauz/2015/images/kauz-footer-logo.png" width="103" height="98" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>3601 Seymour Highway<br>Wichita Falls, TX 76309</div> <div>(940) 322.6957</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/kauz-tv">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:rhaddox@kauz.com">rhaddox@kauz.com</a> <div>(940) 322-6957</div> <a href="/link/759651/eeo-report">EEO Report</a> <a href="/story/30774950/closed-captioning-on-kauz-newschannel-6">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a> and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>