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Nigel's Triumph for The Good Guy!

The following articles show an agreement reached an agreement with the insurance company for his medical bills! Thanks to all of you who helped!

The insurance company representing a Little Rock McDonald’s franchisee reached a settlement Monday with a former employee who was shot on duty while aiding a female customer last summer. FOX16 News first reported the insurance provider denied the claim for Nigel Haskett back in February.

McDonald's insurance provider and Haskett, 23, reached an agreed upon settlement, the financial terms of which will remain secret. But for Haskett, it’s no secret. He's relieved what happened to him on the job is now behind him.

Surveillance video from August 2008 shows Haskett doing what he says is the right thing; coming to the aid of a female customer under attack. Soon, the attacker turned on Haskett. After forcing the suspect out the door, he was shot twice, walked back in the McDonald’s store on Rodney Parham and collapsed.

When FOX16 News last talked to him in February, $300,000 in medical bills piled up after the insurance company for McDonald's denied his claim.

The dispute ended Monday after a short settlement hearing at the Workers Compensation Commission in downtown Little Rock.

"I'm glad they saw my side and they listened to me and they cared enough to come to an agreement," Haskett said after the hearing.

Even though Haskett can't talk about how much he received from his employer, he says he feels taken care of. Not just by McDonalds, but by the letters of support that came in after his story first aired.

"I get emotional every time I hold these and I read through them, there's just so many," Haskett says. "A young lady, 7-years old, sent me the last bit of allowance she had saved up and sent it to me and wanted to help me out. That just touched my heart."

"This one comes from Ms. Price,” Haskett says as he reads one of the letters. “Thank you for your instant decision to help someone. You and others like you make me proud to be an American," the letter reads.

From his home in Benton, Haskett says he's moving forward with his life, and actually hopes to work in the insurance business someday and apply what he's learned from his own experience.

"Some say I should have maybe approached it a different way and I agree,” Haskett says. “Maybe I could have approached it a different way but that was just me and it happened. I learned from it but no matter what I always do the right thing."

Haskett says he's now writing thank you notes to everyone that sent him well wishes over the last several months. He says his is healed almost completely from the shooting, getting stronger everyday.

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/McDonalds-employee-shot-at-work-reaches-settlement/B9AHkbRkmE-kj7VFOHcXiA.cspx

McDonald worker gets break

Fox 16 is reporting that an undisclosed financial settlement has been reached in the Workers Compensation case of Nigel Haskett, the employee of a Little Rock McDonald's restaurant who was injured when he stopped a man attacking a female customer.

McDonald's insurer had resisted paying the claim because the company said Haskett had acted outside his duties.

Even though Haskett can't talk about how much he received from his employer, he says he feels taken care of. Not just by McDonalds, but by the letters of support that came in after we first aired his story.

"I get emotional every time I hold these and I read through them, there's just so many," Haskett says.

After Doug Smith reported the story for us in February, it went national on ABC and elsewhere.

McDonald's suffered a black eye in the event and ordered YouTube to take down video we had posted of the attack that Haskett thwarted, complaining the security camera footage was proprietary. The footage remains on our video viewer however.

http://www.arktimes.com/blogs/arkansasblog/2009/06/mcdonald_worker_gets_break.aspx

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