PERSONAL NOTE……PS I have a confession…..
Approximately 1,000-Day-WorkComp ‘Headache’
(Thanks Wyndham Worldwide! I counted on you to respect the laws of the land and of common decency and provide medically necessary treatment to help me return to work!)
On 1/9/12, I slipped on ice and conked my head really hard while working for #WyndhamWorldwide, at the#WorldMark by Wyndham Big Bear California resort. I did tell a few of you, and even asked you to keep an eye on my posts to see if I moved too far off-center…..No complaints, so that’s a good thing!
Funny Timeshare Recruitment Video….kids say the darndest things:
Here’s a 12:25 minute video for those unfamiliar with a….
‘Good Old Timeshare Presentation’
(caution: contains some profanity)
Filed: TIMESHARE INDUSTRY HUMOR.
A friend, a retired nurse, helped me organize the sequence of events into a “just the facts” summary, without the emotional charge, and that’s in this blog:
….ASK AN INJURED WORKER: wp.me/p3GTyU-bo
(All the doctors seen are listed…. all but 3 (QME/AME doctors) recommended further immediate specialty evaluations and medically necessary treatments; it’s been nearly 1,000 days. The “3” suggested that since I am over the age of 35, and since no medically necessary brain injury care was provided in the first two years, none is necessary now.
They suggested that by going to all the scheduled doctors appointments, in a brain dazed and confused state, that I was “doctor shopping” when in fact, I innocently went to each appointment thinking that finally the next one would be the one to “help me’.
definition of Insanity: DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. I was sent to over 30 doctors; still waiting for medically necessary recommended treatments.
When questioned, one changed his report to say that ‘due to my age, progress would be slow’; two suggested over the counter analgesics as the only ‘treatment’ and the third, when questioned, wrote 3 more supplemental reports of increasingly bizarre opinings, based on no medical evidence and pure fabrications of distortion of facts, then finally requested that he be removed from the case. Failing that, he requested that his reports be removed from the medical index and not summarized in writing by subsequent evaluators….
An apparent violation of Article XIV of the California State Constitution, to have the medical records CONSIDERED BUT NOT SUMMARIZED, held secret…. due to the ‘fragile and angry condition’ of this injured worker after nearly 1,000 days of delays denials, deceptions and worse, all meeting the Department of Insurance definitions of fraud—with intent to continue to deny medical treatments…is pretty suspicious. Invoking the US Constitution Fifth Amendment might have been a smarter tactic for them.
The three skewed dates of injuries and skewed symptoms and evaluations by first round of doctors as if they happened prior to the slip and fall on ice of 1/9/12, and built their false assumptions on said false statements. No remorse or willingness to correct the errors of their ‘well trained staff’ that created the reports signed by the doctors in question.
[Note, PTP, primary treating doctor of April 2012 indicated that tests results showed the injured worker to be compliant and friendly, but tearful at times and ‘suspicious’ and added that ‘this could be the result of the negative carrier experience’ [re failures to provide medically necessary treatments from day one. That doctor had a nice ‘treatment plan’ that was never implemented.
…..His fancy office with a nice view in South Pasadena was a 3 hour drive from injured worker’s home. He had a nice Mont Blanc pen and wrote his session notes directly into his computer. His initial report in violation of HIPPA, was sent to everybody seen to date by the attorney that went to Court to have him designated as the PTP….even the acupuncturist and copy service received copies. Hmph. The WorkComp Information and Assistance officer suggested the injured worker should have kept better control of legal counsel…. D’oh]
By April 2013, an AME doctor had a different take and he couldn’t even connect the dots to any of the facts of the case, from date of injury, to sequence of doctors seen, denied medical care, and the defense pattern and practice of omitting hundreds and hundreds of pages of medical evidence to ensure continued denied medical care. In fact, the apparent coaching of this particular doctor by the defense counsel would be of interest to a legitimate fraud investigator.
That report has been used as a major weapon by defense to deny medical treatment since then, in spite of the objections and clearly identified errors, flaws and mis-statements throughout each of the 4 reports, for which the charges were close to $10,000. Paid? Who knows. They have been disappeared from the Medical Index by the Defense Counsel. We’ll see if the new firm lawyer of the same defense firm, different location, makes the necessary corrections.
ie. This crowd suggested that the EAP referral center referred to a Clinical Psychologist and a Neuropsychologist who referred to another Neuropsychologist and a Speech Therapist because of a state of severe confusion, impaired speech, and ‘inability to put a sentence together, which was not authorized, and then a probably ‘epileptic seizure’ took place….
(WITH TOTAL DISREGARD OF THE FACTS IN THE MEDICAL RECORDS, AND THE FACTS OF THE WITNESSED SLIP ON ICE, FALLING BACKWARDS, CONKING THE BACK OF THE HEAD, TAKING MINUTES TO GET UP OFF THE GROUND, WITH ASSISTANCE)
…..attempting to fabricate a case that there was no slip and fall and head trauma at work, but that it had happened in 1993 or 2008, and that the TBI symptoms have been ongoing since 1993 or 2008, without any medical evidence for the allegations nor medical treatments. D’oh!
See next picture….”If your company lies….aboutyour accident occurring at work, your company has committed fraud.”
No worries for the bad guys and gals; there is apparently no fraud enforcement in California, and most ‘Super Lawyers’ accept it as a standard practice of WorkComp Law. They have a “prove it” mentality, and they, too, refuse to look at clear evidence. What’s an injured worker to do!
There’s more in this blog: #WorkCompFraud? 888 Days….. #TBI Injured Worker Still on the ‘Rest and Wait’ Program…. #ADJ8181903 http://t.co/aRzrMzUifC
On the date of the fall, the manager told me to work my full shift (selling dream vacations) and then the other manager told me to “see any doctor that accepts #workers compensation insurance”. I did as instructed, and also called the Employee Assistance Program, because I was so desperately ‘dazed and confused’. On 2/4/12 I lost consciousness at home and conked my head twice more, “second impact” is not a good thing. The brain does not appreciate it.
I knew enough about brain injury not to go to sleep once I regained consciousness, so I wrote a letter to the Wyndham HR manager telling her if I die because of this, I hope my family sues the hell out of them for denying medical care. She wrote back and eventually told me legal department told her not to communicate with me. D’oh. Transparent cover-up strategy.
Then, I posted some #Fukushima posts, since the local hospital is also known to …. provide less than humane medical care, so I didn’t know if those would be my last posts to you all, so I wanted to be sure you had as much information and as many links on #Fukushima that I could get to you before heading to the ER to find out more about the loss of consciousness that results in further injuries, apparently, including a right rotator cuff tear. http://askaboutfukushimanow.com/
While I took medical paperwork regarding the TBI/Concussion, they kept saying, “Do you feel safe at home?” because I had a black-eye, too. Slow to think, I thought, “well, I just lost consciousness and conked my head again, and was out about 20 minutes or so the second time, and I live on 5 acres, and this hospital scares me because I have heard terrible stories about it….but I didn’t want to risk the 40 mile drive to a real hospital…. and I thought about feeding the bunnies and road runners etc.” then I just said, “yes”.
I asked one doctor, “OMG, what I do if I don’t get all my marbles back?” He said, “Well, you could assemble widgets perhaps.” I grimaced and said, “I LIVE IN RURAL AMERICA. THERE ARE NO WIDGET ASSEMBLY JOBS HERE.”
Fortunately, for me, the part of my brain that can type was less impacted. I didn’t leave the house for nearly 2 years, so I had plenty of time to research and post and repost and repost and repost to you, creating and participating in various groups and pages, and learning to blog and Tweet and Pin etc. FB has been THERAPUTIC, AND MUCH LIKE ASSEMBLING WIDGETS.
Other friends have said things like, “With your missing marbles, you still have plenty more than most.” Others have said, “You’re a lot more fun now! Less intense!” Others have said, “never tell anybody you have a brain injury, it comes with a stigma”…. D’oh!!! I can pretend with the best of them….for just so long, and then I get looks like, “OMG, did she just say that out loud??” What I have learned in FB TBI support groups, and one and one with friends, the symptoms of TBI are what they are, and most people muddle through compensatory actions….. so, we all have a brain, and with the advances in neuro-sciences, we get to discover new ways to use them.
I have made some good virtual friends in this Journey, Fukushima 3/10/11 then Traumatic Brain Injury via a witnessed slip and fall at work 1/9/12 followed by a consequent second impact on 2/4/12. NO MEDICALLY NECESSARY TREATMENTS AUTHORIZED; ALL SELF-PROCURED ATTEMPTS AT TREATMENT INTERRUPTED BY DEFENSE. MORE THAN $23,500 IN UNREIMBURSED MEDICAL EXPENSES TO DATE.
The work comp crowd did mail (and charge for) several tubes of some sort of creme, a bag of some sort of dope, and a hand-held ultra sounds machine (thousand of dollars total)… with no instructions for which brain lobes to apply the creme or the ultra sounds…. and the drugs were ‘just in case’ they were needed….. they were from one of the many Orthopedic doctors, who start all exams with a urine test, whether or not you accept drugs.
The first MD seen didn’t find it odd that I got lost getting to his office, 5 miles from my home, twice, and missed turns getting back home again until the CIGNA Employee Health provider faxed over confirmation of my employee insurance coverage.
The first Orthopedic doctor didn’t find it odd that I couldn’t find the entrance door to his office, and that I entered through an employee entrance in the back of the building. His report did not mention confusion, and was the first to translate my complaints of BRAIN INJURY into simply, “HEADACHE”…. D’oh!
In fact, in his ‘evaluation’ in January 2012, when I asked about the brain injury, he pretended to kick me in the leg and then said, “Now, if I kicked you in the leg, it would hurt but that wouldn’t mean it was injured”… THOSE FOREIGN BORN DOCTORS SURE CAN HAVE A WEIRD SENSE OF PRACTICING THE ART OF MEDICINE….. I will never forget a neurology exam, when, as part of his vision evaluation, the doctor said “NOW LOOK AT MY BIG UGLY NOSE”….. then determined that since corrected vision is 20/20, vision complaints related to the brain injury did not exist. He suggested over the counter analgesics for the headaches. The UCLA doctor had a similar demeanor when he said, “You know, we have one rule in this office and you have already broken it!” I held back tears and a ‘wtf now’ thought…] while he proceeded to say, “That rule is to never get a head injury over the age of 35. How old are you now? It it happened two years ago? See, you already broke the rule”…. Then his grossly inaccurate report, by his own admission, was prepared by his staff, and he suggested follow up with another neurologist for headaches, nothing necessary for vision, and since no medical treatment was authorized the first two years, none is necessary now. (He cleaned up his report a bit, and changed it to an age reference in slower recovery expected…despite denials of medical care. He did, however, suggest prescription grade analgesics for the head injury. HMPH.
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS STAY IGNORANT.
LET’S MAKE SOME MORE NOISE…..WORK COMP IS MAIMING AND KILLING MANY OF US….. ADD IT TO THE MIX OF OTHER DEPOPULATION EVENTS, WITH PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. SAME/SIMILAR ISSUES IN CANADA AND JAPAN.
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. WE DO NOT…FORGET.
The liars, psychopaths and criminals I have been exposed to are surpassed only by the pro-nukers in and around social media.
In November 2012, the then attorney attempted to coerce me to accept a settlement offer, without benefit of seeing a brain doctor, for $100,000, less his fees. I said, “Dude, I am injured, not stupid. I need to know what’s wrong with my brain and what it will take to get it fixed. I can’t “settle” anything till I have the facts. [Look for a future blog on Attorneys and WorkComp…… you won’t believe some of the stories, and what their incompetence does to harm injured workers…..]
What I have learned about #Workers Compensation will be outlined more fully in subsequent blogs. Check out some of the early ones, and if you have a story or resource, add it in the comments or send me an email. WynLINDA@gmail.com
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. WE DO NOT…FORGET.
but if we do forget due to TBI
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS STAY IGNORANT
WE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO ME, I KNOW THEY HAVE DONE TO SOME OF YOU, AND EVEN MORE. LET’S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT GETTING A CLASS ACTION SUIT MOVING….MAYBE WE CAN CONSOLIDATE EFFORTS AGAINST THE INSURANCE CRIMINALS AND THE DOCTORS OWNED/LEASED BY THEM…… BY JOINING UP WITH INJURED VETERANS IN AMERICA. THEY, TOO, ARE BEING DISPOSED OF. CLASS ACTION REQUIRED??
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. LIVE LIFE IN ALL CAPS TODAY.
‘Linda, Lucy…’.”WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE” The neurologist and neuro-psychologists say that because my employer, Wyndham, and it’s agents, denied medical care for the past nearly 1,000 days, nothing much more can be done. “Embrace the New You” they say. If you will share this with your friends and neighbors, perhaps we can shine a little light on the devastation of American’s Criminal Work Comp System, and the ongoing maiming and killing of Injured Workers.
“Those dirty rats!” I have spent more than $23,500 in self-procured medical care and miles to help save my life, and post to you between fights. They haven’t reimbursed it yet, either.
TAXPAYER ALERT: The insurance company did procured an interest free/severely discounted loan from the State of California when they illegally and maliciously terminated benefits in April 2012, resumed in January 2013 and illegally and maliciously terminated benefits again, as an act of sheer financial terrorism in February 2014. That’s a long story that was remedied by the State, but not yet resolved.
As we ponder on the atrocities of the American Injured Workers programs,
Let’s all take another view of the video, DEFENSE AGAINST THE PSYCHOPATHS:
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. CARRY ON AND ON AND ON!
(Ask About Fukushima Now)