Wednesday, January 08, 2014

THE PRICE OF BEING MUGGED: $133,792.50


$133,792.50

That's the medical bill that a 20-something Lakeview resident has been smacked with after being treated for injuries that he suffered during a brutal beating and robbery near the intersection of Clark and School (Aldine) recently.

The bill from Illinois Masonic Medical Center includes the surgical insertion of a rod and pins to reconstruct the man's shattered thigh bone.

No arrests have been made in the case.
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28 comments:

  1. Jaw dropping! That poor man .. If and when an arrest is made, payment of the bill for the horrendous damages caused by this scumbag creep SHOULD definitely be in the sentence. Can the perp be sued civilly also?

    Noting your recent headline of the bitter cold keeping the vermin inside, it gives me such shivers for what's to come in the spring and summer IF acknowledgement by the blind sheepdog police supt and the politics-driven mayor of the serious, neglected danger here isn't addressed, and quickly.

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  2. That will still be a mess after insurance.

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    1. Yup. The bills will be coming in the mail for at least a year from each professional that even laid there eyes on you at the hospital.

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  3. He was mugged twice.

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  4. This was my exact concern throughout the years.

    Just by coming to a females assistance that was being attacked, I was hit in the face with something (we still have no idea what it was as the guy got away). No hospital visit (with the blood loss I should have though) but broken glasses and ruined clothing. THAT I couldn't even afford and I couldn't imagine paying insurance deductibles if something worse happened.

    Thanks for this report, CWB. It's time that not only the pain, suffering and loss of personal property be reported in these attacks but the true COST also.

    Not that this was the case here but some of us don't have parents to come to our rescue nor have the connections to have donations jars set out for us.

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  5. I'm appalled. I'm shocked. My mouth is literally hanging open. To be victimized by being mugged and beaten (and having to deal with the aftermath and fallout of that) and THEN having to be victimized by our healthcare system, WOW. If there was a way to civilly go after these criminals and get the money for the medical bills they caused, great. But I'm doubtful they'll get caught, and even if they do, I'm going to assume that if they're mugging and beating people on the street, they probably don't have the money to pay these medical bills. I do feel like it should be like auto insurance, though. The jackass who hits you is responsible for all bills and costs, period.

    Seriously, anyone who remotely cares about the neighborhood is a better candidate than Tunney. And frankly, with him selling off buildings and whatnot, I think he sees the writing on the wall. He's broken the neighborhood, and now he's cashing in and GTFO while he can. I mean seriously folks, for $104,000 a year, SHOULD this be a second job? Think about that one. These Aldermen and women get paid ridiculously great salaries and some, not all perhaps, but some DO WHAT?? Tunney does nothing but spew good PR and no bad news or anything useful unless pressed by other media outlets. Someone who uses an Aldermanic job as a BS second job and essentially does nothing useful for it is definitely not the person I want representing me. At this point, anyone would be a better and viable candidate. We need to find someone to depose this greedy, useless talking head in 2015. Heck, at this point, I wonder what neighborhood we'll have left in 2015.

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  6. You would think with the kind of money they make, our Alderpeople would care more about the residents in the neighborhoods they represent. http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/tables/alderman-salaries.html

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  7. Condolences for the victim. If it was the attacker injured, would they even bother to send a bill?

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    1. No. It's very common for 20 people to show up at the hospital in support of a criminal but NOBODY will know his real name, address, phone # - NOTHING. This is the true drain on our healthcare system that we're all paying for. After my mother retired she got bored and took a job as an admitting clerk at the hospital just blocks away. I heard the stories.

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  8. I am not sure what's more criminal, the act of being mugged by thugs, or being mugged for 6 figures by the medical system. Obviously if this guy doesn't have insurance, he won't be able to pay, and the rest of us will pay through higher premiums. As for poster who wrote about suing the perps, REALLY? What would you get? $20 and some sneakers?

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  9. The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program provides direct financial
    assistance to innocent victims of violent crime to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime.

    Google it.

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    1. Excellent information, Anonymous. Thank you.

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  10. Chiming in from NYC. This dollar figure from a mugging victim needs to be placed on a sign and taken to all the CAPS and other neighborhood meetings where you guys are pleading for more District 19 cops. Rile up the Lakeview residents by spelling out the financial hit that can happen to anyone at anytime due to little or no police presence. Fight people! Your financial future is at risk in more ways than one.

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    1. This should also be shoved in the face of every alderman and police representative who minimizes our problem as "just" cell phone thefts. It is not.

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    2. This is simply the mayor's fault so he can claim he saved money with a district merger. All those aldermen who thought this was okay need to pay the price. Thanks CWB for the truth.

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  11. If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.

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    1. You make a great case for single payer!

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  12. Of course, this poor man's medical bill is just a "perception" that there's crime in our neighborhoods.

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  13. He should send the bill to Emmanuel, Tunney and McCarthy for gutting the district's police staff and supporting the organizations that have welcomed a criminal element to come in and take root in the neighborhood.

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  14. This is simply outrageous. This story needs to be broadcasted and blasted all over the news. Billboards, letters to editors, rallies, etc. Disgusting.

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  15. Maybe CoH has funding or a program to pay these bills.

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  16. Is there a way to impeach an alderman? I am afraid for our neighborhood come springtime let alone another freakin year! Looney Toon Tunney is an absolute joke. He doesn't care about any of his constituents nor this poor guy's exorbitant medical bills. What is he good for if he is not serving his constituents? Let us remove him ASAP.

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    1. Helen Shiller was chased out of a meeting in 2009 being called a liar, among other things, by the angry people of uptown where she was the alderman. She was unwilling to do anything about the gang/crime problem in that area and people were fed up. The video is awesome, and this woman is repulsive, yet continues to be involved in corrupt politics in this city, trying to destroy more lives by protecting gangs. Not sure what can be done about the worthless "Tom Tunney" that we are stuck with. Does anyone know what the process would be to get rid of him before he does more damage than he already has? We need to rise up against this buffoon because this has gotten COMPLETELY out of hand.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryHfPTv26CA

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  17. This is/was a fear of mine. I have insurance now thanks to ACA which covers 80% of the costs. Imagine walking home and getting pulverized by a scumbag, and waking up in a hospital with this bill. There is no way to recover this from a mugger who has no money in the first place. If you are knocked out you won't even be able to say NO to being sent off to the hospital.

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  18. Removing/impeaching the Alderman won't do much (if anything). Look at Uptown. The majority of the neighborhood essentially demanded that Helen Shiller be removed from office. When she announced that she wouldn't run again, their savior Cappleman took over. Guess what? It's more or less business as usual up there.

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  19. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/cc94.pdf

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    1. Thank you. This links to a PDF that explains the victim compensation program.

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  20. I thought victims of crimes don't have to pay medical to treat them?
    It is the city's fault for letting this happen to them, and should be paid by the city, Everytime.
    Or is this just for rape victims???

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