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Nov 11, 2022

Retired Stevedore Frustrated Over Unpaid Insurance Claim

Belize City resident, Elston Willoughby, was badly injured earlier this year while on the job at the Port of Belize Limited.  The career stevedore was wounded when a shipping container crushed his right arm. Since then, the waterfront worker has been forced into retirement after being deemed medically unfit to work. In the wake of the incident, Willoughby has been trying desperately to collect on an insurance claim, as he is in dire need of further medical attention outside of the country. He stopped by our office today to share his frustration with the insurance company.


Elston Willoughby, Belize City Resident

Elston Willoughby

“The ending of January, I got my hand ham-bugged at the port while working on a road call, you know, a container smashed my hand because due to the crane.  The crane stalling and caused the problem, you know, it got my injury like this.  Right now I’m in very bad pain, you know, and I don’t got any kind of financing to take care of myself, you know, because it’s very expensive.”


Isani Cayetano

“So what is the issue?  Is it that the insurance company is delaying in reaching a settlement with you?”


Elston Willoughby

“Exactly.  Dehn seh dehn wahn settle so dehn call my lawyer and my lawyer called me and ih tell me, “Mr. Willoughby, dehn need wahn report from di doctor.”  So I gaan three weeks ago to do the report.  The doctor give me the report and then I give it to my attorney, but the insurance is taking too long, you know.  That’s why I am here, to find out what is the problem. The insurance, RF&G, yoh know, dehn noh really touch base pan me, yoh know, dehn noh really call me and tell me what da di problem, yoh know and that’s why I had to come to you guys, you know, to deal with mi problems and mi issues.  Right now ih di affect me bad, bad, bad.  Right now ah deh eena pain speaking to you guys.  Mi hand really messed up, you know, and the doctor tell me that I have to seek further attention, you know, and right now ah need mi money.”


A statement from RF&G indicates that the matter is being handled, despite the protracted timeline it has taken.


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