John Greenwood, 73, had a placard on his body, with strings attached to his neck, with the words: “I am sick and tired of your blatant disrespect…”
Greenwood, who has a health insurance policy with West Indies General Insurance Company Limited for over six years, claims that the company owes him $30,000 in insurance cash.
The elderly man was involved in a serious accident in February 2009 in which he broke both of his legs, sustained a dislocated shoulder and head injuries.
He said the case was dragged out for six years and everyone came to a settlement in mediation and everybody signed accordingly. Payments commenced in October 2014.
However, Greenwood said not long after that, the company started to “make short payments, late payments and sometimes no payments”.
He said he contacted his attorney for advice. The attorney then called the insurance company on May 5, and the company promised to settle the outstanding payments by May 8.
“No payment has since been made. I went to the office this morning and I wanted to discuss the problem and the lady told me because I have an attorney she wouldn’t talk to me,” he explained.
Greenwood said he was disappointed with the response and decided to hold a protest in the street to highlight what was going on and to get some justice.
Having heard about the protest, the company contacted his attorney and has since offered to start part payments, but the senior citizen said he will not settle for that.
He argued, “This is what insurance companies does with everybody. They push you around, mess you up and they don’t want to pay you. It dragged on for six and a half years, and they thought I would have died, but like I told them, Jesus came on earth to die, I came here to live.”
Greenwood continued, “If an insurance company cannot pay its claims, it should cash in its bonds and go out of business. You cannot be insuring people and don’t have money to pay the claims, when they get hurt. It just doesn’t work that way.”
No one was available to comment from the West Indies General Insurance Company Limited.