Hand So Infected She Needed Surgery. Company Allegedly Fired Groomer After She Filed Workers’ Comp. Claim.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A dog allegedly bit a Palm Beach County dog groomer four times causing critical injuries. That groomer is now suing her company after her employer refused to approve a workers’ compensation claim and fired her.
Ashley Kramer says she was working for “Rooney’s Ruff Life” when she was bitten four times on her right hand while grooming a dog. According to the lawsuit just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, she reported the injury to her supervisor. The following day, Kramer went to Jupiter Medical Center to seek treatment — but after one follow-up visit, treatment stopped. Kramer did not have insurance and “Rooney’s Ruff Life,” despite employing more than four people, allegedly did not carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is required for companies with four or more workers.
Kramer’s hand became infected. She needed surgery. Kramer then told her employer that she planned to file a workers’ compensation claim. That’s when she says “Rooney’s Ruff Life” fired her.
Ashley Kramer seeks back pay, damages, and the future wages she would have earned had she not been fired. She separately seeks damages from “Rooney’s Ruff Life” for creating the situation where she was bitten by the dog. Attorneys allege that Rooney’s “failed to give any or at least some reasonable training to its employees on a reasonably safe method of grooming canines, failed to adequately supervise work being done on the aforesaid premises, and (was) otherwise negligent.”
She is also suing for Rooney’s alleged violation of Florida Statute 440.205 which prohibits retaliation.
Kramer is represented by attorney Jonathan T. Levy at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon and Sosa in West Palm Beach. The dog grooming company had not filed a response as of mid-day Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
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