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Widow alleges employer failed to make union benefit payments, causing lapse in health insurance coverage

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 2, 2017


EDWARDSVILLE — A widow is suing his employer for allegedly failing to pay the Carpenter's Union, which caused a lapse in health insurance coverage and deprived his wife of medical tests before her death. 

Kenneth Buie, individually and as administrator of the estate of Helena Buie, filed a complaint on May 22 in Madison County Circuit Court against Maul Excavating Inc., Daniel Maul and several unknown defendants, alleging they failed to send withholdings to the Carpenters Union, which would have kept the decedent covered by health insurance.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the decedent did not receive medical testing ordered by her treatment providers because of the lapse in health insurance coverage caused by the defendants' failure to pay the union. 

As a result, she died on Oct. 27, 2015. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to pay funds withheld from his pay to the Carpenter's Union.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of $50,000, costs of suit and all further relief as this court deems proper. 

He is represented by Joshua R. Evans and Edward W. Unsell of The Unsell Law Firm in East Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-690

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