Lawsuit Accuses Regions Bank of Outrageous Conduct Following Dismissal of Bank Teller Injured in Armed Robbery

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A former employee of Alabama based Regions Financial Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Regions alleging that the Bank's actions denying her workers' compensation claim, and later terminating her employment, amounted to outrageous conduct in violation of Alabama law (Angela A. Whitfield v. Regions Financial Corporation, 01-CV-2008-902854.00).

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A former employee of Alabama based Regions Financial Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Regions alleging that the Bank's actions denying her workers' compensation claim, and later terminating her employment, amounted to outrageous conduct in violation of Alabama law.

The lawsuit is filed by Angela Whitfield, who worked as a bank teller for over 16 years, until she was held-up at gunpoint in an armed robbery in June of 2007. At the time, Mrs. Whitfield had recently been promoted to head teller and consistently received outstanding performance reviews for her dedicated work ethic.

Following the armed robbery, in addition to the physical injuries she received during the armed assault, Mrs. Whitfield was diagnosed with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a very serious anxiety disorder that commonly results when one undergoes a horrific experience or an especially traumatic event. This is the same disorder that affects many war veterans, though studies show that women are generally more susceptible.    

The lawsuit alleges that Regions conspired to deny Mrs. Whitfield benefits she was entitled to under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act. Furthermore, the suit alleges that Regions interfered with and disrupted her critical psychological treatment, by refusing to pay for her to continue to see her treating psychologist and insisting that she see the bank's recommended psychologist, who provided no therapeutic treatment to Mrs. Whitfield. Regions also allegedly refused to acknowledge Mrs. Whitfield had been assaulted, despite video-tape evidence to the contrary. Finally, Regions, terminated her employment and health insurance benefits, causing Mrs. Whitfield to have to pay for treatment resulting from the bank robbery out of her own pocket.

Mrs. Whitfield is represented by Scott A. Powell, Don McKenna , and Jamie Moncus of HARE, WYNN, NEWELL & NEWTON, LLP.

The full complaint quotes extensively from Mrs. Whitfield's doctor's notes, as well as Regions' own internal correspondence, and is available at http://www.hwnn.com. The case, filed today, is styled Angela A. Whitfield v. Regions Financial Corporation, 01-CV-2008-902854.00. It is pending in the Circuit Court for Jefferson County Alabama.

About HARE, WYNN, NEWELL & NEWTON, LLP

HARE, WYNN, NEWELL & NEWTON, LLP, is the oldest existing plaintiff's law firm in the State of Alabama. In 1991, the firm entered its second century of practice. The firm's philosophy is based upon a dedication to protecting and preserving the dignity and rights of all individuals. Representing the rights of all citizens with the same degree of service previously available only to the corporate community, the firm stands today as an enduring testament to the original vision and ideals of its founder in providing quality representation for individuals and businesses requiring legal services. The firm specializes in representing plaintiffs in commercial and business litigation, as well as handling more traditional cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. For more information the firm's website is http://www.hwnn.com.

"No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers."

CONTACT:    
SCOTT A. POWELL
DON McKENNA
JAMES R. MONCUS
HARE, WYNN, NEWELL & NEWTON, LLP
(205) 328-5330
scott @ hwnn.com

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