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Eight years homeless

St Ann man seeking help to get back on feet

BY RENAE DIXON
Observer staff reporter
dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, May 14, 2018

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OMAR Hendricks is suffering.

With tear-filled eyes, he told the Jamaica Observer North & East his story of how he became homeless.
The father of four said he has been struggling since he met in a motor vehicle crash in 2010. According to Hendricks, the crash left him with injuries to his hands, spinal cord and legs making it difficult for him to acquire any form of employment.

Hendricks, who has had to move from one location to the next, said he currently sleeps on the floor of the community centre in Tower Isle, St Mary.

“Mi just thrown down card board and lie down a ground,” the man, who walks with the help of a cane, said.
While he is open to any assistance, Hendricks said that he is very disappointed that after so many years of suffering he is yet to receive any money from the insurance company.

He also added that he is very concerned that after all these years he is yet to get a response from the insurance company regarding the personal injuries he sustained when a car slammed into the vehicle he was driving then.

Hendricks, who worked as a Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) driver, told Observer North & East that he was in the vicinity of the Reynolds Pier in Ocho Rios when the car ran into the back of his.
Since then, he has been in and out of the hospital.

“Just a week ago mi come out of the hospital. Mi need to hear from these people now because mi no have no source of income. Mi have to literally be begging people. I want to know what is happening with the insurance,” he said.

The man managed to retain the services of an attorney, but said that he has no idea what is happening as he is unable to get in contact with the lawyer.

He also said that he has been separated from his wife and children because of the financial constraints the crash brought on.

He said family and friends assist him with some necessities such as food. However, as a man who worked to provide for himself and his family over the years, he is frustrated having to depend on others.

“They (the insurance company) get the claim and I hear nothing since,” Hendricks said.

Observer North & East contacted the insurance company, which will remain nameless, but was told that information about the case could only be shared with Hendricks.

Observer North & East was reliably informed that the matter is currently before the court awaiting judgement.
“Mi need to hear from these people now because mi no have no source of income. Mi have to literally be begging people,” Hendricks walking said.

Hendricks said he would like anyone who can assist him to reach out and do so.

He is hoping with his appeal for help, someone will be able to help him acquire information on his eight-year-old claim.

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