On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, Linda McClease nervously walks into an office building in the Pembroke I Building in Virginia Beach, Virginia to attend a Workers' Compensation hearing. In front of her, sat Deputy Commissioner Lee E. Wilder presiding as the judge. Seated beside her was the lawyer of her previous employer, Tidewater Fibre Corporation.
Although, McClease was the claimant, Wilder's calm and rational focus was dedicated to the defendant, Tidewater Fibre Corporation's lawyer, as if she were invisible. In order for McClease's voice to be heard, she had to intercept the casual conversation the two were engaged in.
After casually conversing with the employer's lawyer, Wilder finally turns to McClease, however, not with the intention of questioning her or, reviewing the information she brought along. Instead, Wilder tells her to pay another visit to orthopedic surgeon, J. Abbott Byrd, III, MD.
McClease says, "Dr. Byrd told me there was nothing he could do for me. I would like to be seen by another doctor."
Wilder face transitions from pale to red. His voice emerges amplified... FULL STORY