Military or Civilian Got #TBI? Imagine a $3 App to Help Brain Injury Survivors!

Severe Cognitive Fatigue Post-TBI?!

Got Compensatory Strategies?

Aaron A. Steckman  U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Retired)   Acquired Brain Injury Student,   Coastline Community College, Says This:

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Your Vote & Support Counts!

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“….With your help, Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application has the potential to help thousands of veterans (and many others in need) who have given so much so that we could all enjoy the freedom we just recently celebrated over this past memorial day weekend and who simply want one thing…the hope to live a normal life again…..”

To vote on Facebook for Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue application, please use the following directions…

1. Click on http://dcoe.ideascale.com...

To Vote For The Manage My Fatigue Idea through your Google, account, please follow the below directions…

Step #1:  Go the following website:  dcoe.ideascale.com….

MMF APP WEBSITE
http://managemyfatigue.com/

With tremendous appreciation for Aaron’s ‘Guest Blogger’ communication and Warrior Spirit, please read the full missive and see below for full instructions…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!  

Tell your friends and neighbors, after all, WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW 

From: Aaron Steckman <aaronsteckman@gmail.com>
Date: May 28, 2015 at 5:13:13 PM PDT
Subject: Your Vote & Support Counts! 

Greetings, I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and my good friend Shawn Miller.  As those of you who know us are already aware, Shawn and I are both attending the Coastline Community College Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program in Newport Beach, CA.

Shawn and I are both working hard to recovery from our respective injuries…his, a stroke suffered approximately a year ago, mine traumatic brain injury suffered as the result of my military service.  Our recovery has been aided in great part by someone who means a great deal to both of us, Michelle Wild.  Michelle is one of our senior cognitive rehabilitative instructors at Coastline College and to us, is likely the closest thing to an angel that either Shawn or myself will likely ever see.

After realizing the possibilities of how smart technology (IPADS, Smart Phones, Laptops etc) could be used to help her students recover from brain injury, Michelle took the initiative to develop a computer application called Manage My Fatigue that allows her students to do something that most of us after brain injury are no longer capable of doing…keeping track of time and properly managing our levels of mental fatigue.  Although it might not be immediately clear to others, in most cases, where most people who have suffered a brain injury really struggle are in two areas…we lose track of time and we get easily overwhelmed.  Unfortunately, when this happens…to one degree or another, many of us also struggle with controlling our emotions too which often times makes an already bad situation, worse.  The Manage My Fatigue Application specifically addresses these issues and many more…and for the first time in history…gives people struggling with the effects of a brain injury a tool that can help us prevent many of these struggles, struggles that many of us live with every day, from ever even occurring.

As most of you who already know me are aware, aside from facing the struggles that everyone who has suffered a brain injury faces…regardless of how their injury occurred, my story has had a few additional twists and turns which until the Walter Reed Hospital and the VA scandal’s broke over the past couple of years, would have probably have been thought to be unimaginable.

Unfortunately, as those stories and the stories of many of your own loved ones who served their country can likely attest, as of right now, stories such as mine are not the exception, but the rule.  I mention this not for want of sympathy because sympathy without solutions, serves no purpose. I mention this, because my experiences have given me the unique perspective of realizing just how important Michelle’s work truly is.  I have observed through first hand experience just how the system works or more importantly, where it doesn’t…but until recently, I had identified a long list of problems…but was short on solutions.

Why do I say this?   Because the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Coastline Community College was not where I began my search in seeking help for the many cognitive problems I was having…but only where I ended up here after becoming hopelessly lost and homeless after spending nearly three years trying and failing to get the help I desperately needed through first the VA and then the Army before ultimately becoming homeless.

As a U.S. Army Master Sergeant and Chief of Training who spent many years designing training programs for thousands of Marines and Soldiers getting ready to deploy into harms way, and often training the instructors who were responsible for training our nations service members to make sure many of our nations sons and daughters were ready for what was to come who again, has experienced some of the worst scenario’s imaginable firsthand…one and off the battlefield, and who was recently medically retired from the military due to traumatic brain injury, let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that as of today, neither the VA nor the Department of Defense has a program that currently comes close to treating those of us who have been affected by brain injury in the way that Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue Application has done for Shawn and I and has the potential to do for thousands more yet to come.

For the first time in years, Shawn and I have the hope and faith that one day, with the help of this application and the many other gifts that our instructors have given us through their efforts…that not only will we one day make a full recovery, but so too will the many friends that we have both made who sit to our left and right in class.  By writing this letter, it is our sincere desire that we can share that hope with the thousands more who, if given the Manage My Fatigue Application as part of their treatment, could likewise benefit and share in the modern day miracle that we have both received.

It is with that in mind that I am writing this email and asking that you send it out to everyone that you know and ask them to do something that would mean so much to both Shawn and I and vote for Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application using either your Gmail or Facebook Accounts and include as many supportive comments as possible to help bring this idea to the attention of our nations senior military leaders and God willing, put it into the hands of our nations injured military veterans being treated throughout the VA and Department of Defense health care systems for Traumatic Brain Injury through a unique competition being offered through the Defense Centers For Excellence.

Through this open competition, the Defense Centers for Excellence (A division of the Department of Defense tasked with finding new and inventive ways to treat veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD) all who receive this email and vote, will have the opportunity of a lifetime…the opportunity to do what’s right and do something amazing that will truly make a difference to those out there who need our help the most…that we can both tell you from personal experience and testimony…really works!

With your help, Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application has the potential to help thousands of veterans (nd many others in need) who have given so much so that we could all enjoy the freedom we just recently celebrated over this past memorial day weekend and who simply want one thing…the hope to live a normal life again.

Through speaking to so many people over the past few years doing my best to advocate for veterans, I know very well that nearly without exception, that as a nation, nearly all of you are grateful for the sacrifices that our nations veterans have made and again, almost universally, most of you would love to do something to help…but just didn’t know how.  Well folks, here’s your chance.  Here’s your chance to thank a veteran in a meaningful way by doing something special…spmething that won’t cost you a single dime…just a moment of your time…the time it will take each of you to read this email, follow the directions below, and vote for the Manage My Fatigue Application using the instructions below.  If there were ever a cause worthy of your time and support…this is it!

For those of you who already know us, you likely already know the following as well, but for the sake of those who don’t… it must be said.  Neither Shawn nor I were ever approached or asked to write this letter or ever offered any incentive for doing so…we just knew in our hearts that it was the right thing to do and ask that you share it with your loved ones as well because we know that with your vote, it could serve as the miracle to so many others that it has been to both of us!

If any of you have a difficult time in getting your vote submitted, please email me at aaronsteckman@gmail.com to describe the problem you are facing and I will do my best to provide you with a written response that will walk you through the problem to make sure that your voices are all heard!

Again, thank you all for your love, friendship and support and may God bless you and our great country!

Very Respectfully & Sincerely,

Aaron A. Steckman

U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Retired) 

Acquired Brain Injury Student, 

Coastline Community College,

Newport Beach, CA 

To Vote For The Manage My Fatigue Idea through your Google, account, please follow the below directions…

Step #1:  Go the following website:  dcoe.ideascale.com.

Step #2:  Scroll to the bottom and click on the Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive?  Manage my fatigue idea. My name (Michelle) is just underneath the title of the idea

Step #3: Click on the name of the idea (Tired? Overwhelmed?…). Click the up arrow to give a positive vote. This will take you to a registration page. You can create a new log-in or use an existing social media account.

Step #4:  Fill in your name and answer the three required questions.

Step #5:  Click save changes.  This will take you back to the DCOE website.

Step #6:  Scroll to the bottom and click on the Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive?  Manage my fatigue idea. My name (Michelle) is just underneath the title of the idea

Step #7: Click on up arrow again. At this point, you should see the vote number increase!

Thanks for any help you can provide. There is 2 weeks left and ideas are getting posted all the time.

To vote on Facebook for Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue application, please use the following directions…

1. Click on http://dcoe.ideascale.com.

2. Scroll down on the website and click on ManageMyFatigue.

3. Where it says votes click on the up arrow.

4. Click on the Facebook logo on the right side of the website.

5. Enter your email and password for Facebook.

6. Click the Okay button when the pop up comes up.

7. Enter your name in the Name box.

8. Then click each tab that best describes your situation.

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http://dcoe.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Tired-Overwhelmed-Unproductive-There%E2%80%99s-an-app-for-that-ManageMyFatigue/164770-35534

Michelle Wild LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleranaewild
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WE ARE THE    MEDIA NOW

Fireworks in #WorkComp Yet?

Can you imagine the impact if every #TBI SURVIVOR and every  #INJUREDWORKER keeps and posts a blog of the consequent events…….  Good bad and ugly… from date of injury till settlement and return to work or return to duty?

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For our purposes, Injured Military Personnel are embraced in the #InjuredWorker category; they are denied medical care and incapacitation pay as readily as civilian workers are denied medical care and disability benefits.  We’re all in this together.  In the Brain Injury populations, Military People may have to lead the way out.  Civilians, on the whole, do not understand The Art Of War, Sun Tzu style.

WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW

https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/2014/annual-report/

Can you imagine more Injured Workers and groups all over LinkedIn?  If you have videos to share, take them here, and we’ll take it from there; thanks:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/IWC-Injured-Worker-Channels/1591821814419549

Videos and Blogs of Advocates also welcome.

Here is information and links to and about of some of the leading “Industry Blogs”…. follow them….comment on them….share the good stuff; expose the rest.

https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/?s=top+25+blog

More in the Works for Fireworks!

There seems to be an escalating industry effort to silence injured workers and other disabled people by somehow using social media information as a weapon to deny disability benefits via acts of legal chicanery.

One might think that the ACLU, upon investigation, might find 1st amendment violations in such “SS” type practices, and attempts at solitary confinement, further violating the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution?!?

The war on workers and disabled populations is certainly escalating, and yes, we have been warned.

Nürnberg was not enough.  More trials for more perpetrators are required now, wouldn’t you agree?  Let’s wish the Attorney General good luck and good agents, who believe in and act on “oath before orders.”

Blogs & Vlogs….with International Injured Worker Groups and Channels! And #TBI SURVIVOR CHANNELS!  Imagine!  THINK LOCALLY * ACT GLOBALLY * OCCUPY VIRTUALLY  https://www.facebook.com/pages/IWC-Injured-Worker-Channels/1591821814419549

I haven’t heard anything back from the journalists at ProPublica and NPR….yet.

Maybe they can also write a series on the worker’s challenges in finding legal representation?  Or omission of medical records with intent to deny medical care? Or how about investigations of doctors involved in dubious IMRs…independent medical reviews… and the cozy AME/QME crowds?

Stories on the fees paid to doctors who write clearly on behalf of the insurance industry could be a whopper!  Allegations of extortion for failure to comply could be interesting?

Any stories that follow the money would have to be of significant interest to all sides?  There is a swath of stories there, for sure.

! I’m hoping the WORKCOMP DEMOLITION teams will keep digging and digging deeper… and reporting…..and maybe they can be invited to the 2015 CompLaudeAwards ??? 😀

ATTACHED is a fun recap of 2014 results for my blog, ask about workers comp gravy trains now.

2015 year to date views are almost as many as all of 2014. I was pretty quiet in 2013, until I realized there was no oops in denied medical care… It’s just part of the corruption drills, so it seems.

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Anyway… Let’s encourage our friends and peers to follow the EXPERT blogs and create #CommitteesOfBloggers of other experts AND injured workers  to blog on and blog on…..after all….  WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW

https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/list-of-posts/

#InjuredWorkersUniting #SilentNoMore #WriteOn #WORKCOMPCHAT

O SAY CAN YOU SEE?

 

 

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Are Lawyers the Nouveau Sonderkommando for WorkCompsters?

#WorkCompsters Dispute Location of Body Part known as BRAIN? D’oh
Want a peak into the world of a ‪#WorkComp #‎Brain‬ Injury Survivor?

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Thanks ‪#‎Wyndham‬, ‪#‎Grancell‬, and ‪#‎CNA‬, and all the #WCAB peeps and ‪#‎CAAA‬ lawyers who couldn’t/wouldn’t help me! @ProPublica

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[New TBI Survivor asks if anyone ever has challenges getting groceries home after shopping diligently…]

Linda: Wait till you start using lists, and really focus on tasks at hand…then get everything on the list and leave a bag or two of paid groceries in the cart and wonder for hours where the stuff is that was checked off on the list…. unsure emoticon

Or when you splurge on some great hair products and can’t find them to save your life…. for months, then find them in a cupboard where they don’t belong… gasp emoticon …. Welcome to the World of Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors….!

Have you seen a Speech Therapist yet? Occupational Therapist?

They helped me see that I can easily do tasks with TWO – STEPS. That third step can really kick butt…. like making coffee: 1) put coffee in maker 2) turn pot on 3) wonder why coffee is spilling all over the counter; find pot in dishwasher; try again; 1) put fresh dry coffee in maker; put pot in maker 3) wonder why coffee isn’t done yet….. unsure emoticon

Life with TBI is so

[ Another new TBI Survivor asks if anybody else sleeps all the time ]

LINDA: I slept most of the first year. COGNITIVE FATIGUE is a real butt kicker. Sometimes after a long drive to a doctor’s evaluation, I had to find a safe shopping center to park and rest. Sometimes I still have to find a safe place to nap while travelling here and there. I carry a blankie. unsure emoticon

One idiot neurologist actually wanted me to drive 100 miles each way to his office WITHOUT SLEEP and only HIS office with HIS technician for a ‘sleep deprived EEG’ that second month.

Wow, I told the lawyer I was injured not stupid, and requested a smarter neurologist. The response? Termination of benefits, and begin of the ‘kicking to the curb.’ ‘Curb kicking’ went into full motion, with other bullying and terrorism practices by ‘the Defense’ upon clear diagnosis of brain injury, and hasn’t stopped yet; ongoing since January 9, 2012. Yeah, in America! Ain’t that awful.

WorkCompsters apparently only treat brain injury in California with the ‘rest and wait and wait and wait and wait till you’re kicked to the curb, they hope you die’ program.

Wyndham has paid the big premiums for that sort of WorkComp Insurance Policy for it’s injured workers from CNA aka America’s Casualty insurance firm. It’s pretty similar in other states and nations. Same crowd of #WorkCompsters?

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My friend and teacher, Michelle Wild, just recently released an Apple app for the brain injured population. It is called Manage My Fatigue.  YOU could write a great article about Michelle Wild and her 25 plus years of work helping people with brain injuries develop compensatory strategies… She also has a website called making cognitive connections… I think the address is ID4theweb.com. There is a wealth of information there… Worth checking out.

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My date of injury was January 9th 2012… Living without much working memory… is another butt kicker… as is the rule about ’embrace the new you’… Easier said than done. ☆♡◇☆♡◇☆ #InjuredWorkersUniting #SilentNoMore

ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS NOW

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Are Lawyers the Nouveau Sonderkommando for WorkCompsters? Sure seems like it, huh? http://wp.me/p3GTyU-EC Here’s a peak into the world of a #WorkComp #BrainInjury Survivor… For What it’s worth…. Also it’s a request for referrals to lawyer up. Yeah, SunTzu suggests using the enemies equipment when necessary. Thanks. Linda

 

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      #WorkCompsters even fight scheduling authorized appointments for pain relief provided by acupuncture and chiropractic.☆ ( churning files, wasting judge time, and torturing workers)☆ The dopes apparently only authorize expensive & profitable opiates that enable them to control and terrorize doped workers… ☆ And the tales of the addicted injured workers being cut off from their supply are endless…☆ ‘Don’t be a dope! Follow the money. Always follow the money.’☆ Let’s hope Loretta Lynch can start work comp corruption investigations in California…☆ #CountOnMe

‘Wyndham  TIMESHARE SETTLES Brain Injury Case after 3.5 years for $3.5 MILLION’

Rock, Paper, Scissors!  ‘Balls, Boobs, Brains!’

 

“BTW – I keep asking for an attorney for you. It’s tough. The perception is that your case isn’t big enough under current law, so getting someone to pay attention to it is very difficult.”  – Anonymous

“So that means that breasts and testicles are more valuable than brains? !?” ASKS THE INJURED WORKER!

 

“In describing this class of traumatic brain injury”, says Asvar, “the term ‘mild’ is an absolute misnomer given the severity of possible complications and repercussions.” He adds, “Dismissing someone’s brain injury as ‘mild’ is akin to saying someone is ‘mildly’ paraplegic.” Chris Asvar, Esq.   http://www.asvarlaw.com/casestudies/

Note:  Chris Asvar did his job for his young client: “LOS ANGELES – January 25, 2012.  Los Angeles-based attorney Christopher Asvar has just secured the highest known workers’ compensation insurance settlements in California history, totaling $8.9 million on behalf of his young client who suffered a work-place traumatic brain injury.”    

Note:  Romano Trust vs Sedgwick apparently gives #WorkCompsters a green light to maim and kill injured workers in California without recourse, and sometimes a fine of $100,000, if pushed.

America! America!  What a national shame!

 

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 CNA / Grancell Defense Team apologizes for the misunderstandings and failures that preceded settlement.  CA ADJ8181903

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Nawwww, they won’t even authorize prism neuro-optometric lenses or auditory processing devices, nor chiropractic and acupuncture for pain relief, nor will they replace resigned primary treating doctors without a Utilization Review, that there is no doctor to make such a request, and the CNA 25+ year veteran Claims Adjuster has no authority apparently other than to sign a form that says ‘it’s too early to determine if there is any permanent injury’ so we’ll look again in 90 days.  D’oh.  They didn’t pay temp total disability in 2012-2013, and the State did, then discounted payback, causing Injured Worker to lose the ’52 weeks’ that would have been available had they paid the 104 weeks, as required by law and directed to via Court hearing in April 2012.

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They scoffed at the law and bullied the injured worker and doctors then, and continue to scoff  and bully today.  They have help.  CorVel and Maximus, and a handful of industry leased/owned doctors who write inaccurate reports that could be deemed fraudulent if taken to trial.  WCAB guidelines indicate estimated Permanent Disability payments are to commence within 14 days of final TTD payment, which was May 2014, in a chunk after EDD and local politicians became involved, since WCAB – Riverside refused repeatedly to help injured worker get treatment or benefits, in clear violations of ADA and EEOC.   Grancell continues the same course of action, profitting by taxpayer ignorance and apathy as they bilk California’s coffers and destroy the California WorkForce….

 

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See details at https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/list-of-posts/   Someone else just recently did a blog on how #WorkCompsters value testicles over breasts. Astonishing!

 

They want me to see an Ear Nose and Throat Doctor to dispute an extensive auditory processing evaluation of last year performed at SCRIPPS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Encinitas, California.  What’s next, will they demand that I see a Podiatrist to dispute the Audiologists, Neurologists, Neuropsychologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and Functional Neurology Experts, along with Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech Therapists, and focus on the often referenced sprained ankle of 1/9/12?  Oh yes, I think they need a dozen neuro-psych reports till they find one they like; “Doctor Shopping and File Churning” enhances bottom lines for WorkComp Defense firms?  D’oh! In November 2012, defense attempted to coerce settlement of the customary $100,000 after initial attempts at obfuscation of medical evidence and failures to provide necessary evaluations and treatments that first year.  Their report of future medical was extensive— and that was prior to getting all the facts of the actual extent of the injuries.  What say their Risk Peeps now.  They are all looking at my LinkedIn Profile.

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Anybody with “Juevos” at CNA willing to step up to settlement?  Maybe somebody from Thomas Motamed’s office?

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For the record, treatments and evaluations provided by Grancell/CNA and self-procured are discussed in these blogs:

https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/2015/02/13/workcomp-evaluations-are-not-treatments/

 

Well, at least the ‘cost burden has been shifted’ to the Social Security Administration and Medicare due to the brain injury upon evaluation of all medical records.  How’s that for bilking the public after more than 3 years of torturing and causing permanent disabilities to an injured worker?   I am grateful and the experience at the SSA was kind, compassionate and an encounter with people of integrity, in sharp contrast to the horrors of Workers Compensation experiences.

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Add the approximately $16,000 CNA was paid by the State of California in the form of a deep discount on reimbursements for EDD payment in the first year because CNA refused to pay TTD?

 

CNA is really making big bucks on this “Exclusive Remedy” huh?

 

How much does the insurance broker make in commissions on the Wyndham account?  SEC or some regulatory agencies requires Wyndham to provide such information to shareholders when requested; I have requested approximately 5 times in more than that many months, to no avail.  It may have something to do with allegations that the Wyndham Board and Risk Management have some members with questionable ties to the insurance industry?  I heard the stories, but they didn’t quite compute in my brain.

#WorkCompChat; O SAY CAN YOU SEE?

 

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Could the lack of  competent representation for injured workers be related to these issues?

Below are more insights for possible incorporation to future industry blogs…from an Injured Worker point of view, and something the legal people alleging to represent injured workers are also clueless about.
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Attorneys in CA like to shrug and say they know nothing about Social Security and Employment Law and ADA Compliance and how it all interfaces with one the big scam.
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Heck, even the Defense Counsel who is a “Partner/Shareholder” boasts of his incompetence regarding ADA and Employment Law!  D’oh!  It takes a Psychopath, huh?! A WorkComp attorney who is oblivious to SSA guidelines, ADA, Employment Law and social media fight-back-work arounds is an idiot and a menace to society, imho.  Ditto for return to work trials, guidelines, strategies etc.
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Social Security has a rehabilitation component called PASS (available to me for the next year or so) where they may help me create a consulting business or something I can do from behind my computer, if Wydham continues to fail to engage in the interactive process, and particularly if they wrongfully terminate me.  There are also some tax incentives to corporations that hire disabled Americans.  I am hopeful that if I cannot return to face-to-face selling that Wyndham may create a position so that I can help clean up the desperate EPIC FAIL of a WorkComp system currently in place, and that I may be able to help train HR and Staff on proper handling of workplace injuries, and when to do simple things like “CALL 911”
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The SSA paperwork also advises me to submit medical expenses that I had to pay within 30 days, which it sounds like they may reimburse since CNA refused to.  A friend may help me assemble that next week.  It’s half done, like so many of my paper projects.  Pure cost burden shifting, and that’s one of the items I will ask the Senators to help me with.  Somebody can reimburse my $30k out of pocket medical and rehab expenses, and the shortfall of $18,000 California gave in the form of deep reimbursement demand discount to CNA for refusing to pay TTD in 2012 – 2013 .  Offset for my shortened life span and loss of earning capacity, along with potential devasting future medical is a factor.  Continuation at the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program through December 2015 is very important to maximize potential return to work, although a second year is recommended, and both will be impossible without funds. Your try living on $1,700/month with a mountain of bills behind you, and a brain that works like a 286 computer on dial-up, with virtually no working memory. Does a $20,000 annual income put me in the sheer poverty category?  That’s a very harsh transition from being a fun-loving, globe trotting vacation sales executive, unable to return to work due to auditory, vision, speech and other processing issues from the fall of 1/9/12.  The manager said, “Just rub some dirt on it and you’ll be fine’…. nice try, but it didn’t work.
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If you know of a California attorney with integrity, courage, smarts and staff to take on this multi-dimensional case, please contact me directly at WorkCompLinda@gmail.com or via phone at 760 368 7236.  Know that the Defense Firm is big on bullying doctors, injured workers, and even, apparently, structured settlement peeps. D’oh.  Mediation was repeatedly refused by defense.  Callous disregard for human life is the SOP, along with bullying and threats and blatant disregard for law, order and life.
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It is my hope and intention to return to work by the end of the year, even though all the medical evidence indicates that is highly improbable due to the extend of the brain injuries.  Yes, I can type, but if any CAAA attorney believes that the ability to type indicates no brain injury, they should turn in their license to practice.  They are  incompetent to allege to represent any injured worker, let alone a brain injury case, and such ignorance and incompentence presents imminent danger to the working public.
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Remember the quote by Chris Asvar (who won’t take the case because prior counsel and too many others ‘didn’t do their job’)…..I’ve asked again, but won’t hold my breath on a response this year either.  Read it again.  LET IT SINK IN.
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“In describing this class of traumatic brain injury”, says Asvar, “the term ‘mild’ is an absolute misnomer given the severity of possible complications and repercussions.” He adds, “Dismissing someone’s brain injury as ‘mild’ is akin to saying someone is ‘mildly’ paraplegic.” Chris Asvar, Esq.http://www.asvarlaw.com/casestudies/

 

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How is it that the people profitting by maiming and abusing brain injured Americans can continue to get away with their vile legal chicanery without due process, without representation, and in clear violation of the Constitution of the United States of America?

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Who supports such treason and attacks on the working population of America?

Will the US Attorney General investigate California’s workers compensation corruption and war on workers now?  CC: #CAAA Members.
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“In describing this class of traumatic brain injury”, says Asvar, “the term ‘mild’ is an absolute misnomer given the severity of possible complications and repercussions.” He adds, “Dismissing someone’s brain injury as ‘mild’ is akin to saying someone is ‘mildly’ paraplegic.” Chris Asvar, Esq. http://www.asvarlaw.com/casestudies/

Upon diagnosis of my brain injury, insurance benefits were cut off and all hope for medical care was dashed. After more than 2.5 years of muddling along on the California Worker’s Compensation and legal chicanery program of rest and wait and wait and wait, essentially without medical care and only sporadic ‘benefits’ and some assistance from The Salvation Army– my search for help became more diligent. A graduate of Coastline ABI, 16+ years post-injury, told me to ‘Get to Coastline, by any means necessary, immediately.’ That encounter was May 2014; by October 2014, I was gratefully enrolled in the Coastline ABI Program.

As another ‘High IQ TBI Survivor’ and based on my early research upon diagnosis, I discovered it was indicated how important interdisciplinary teamwork and treatment was for mitigating impairments that result from brain injury, since the brain is the Master Control Center.

Doctors recommended evaluations in the fields of neurology, neuro-optometry, orthopedic and MRI’s (basic and with a TBI protocol) and suggested chiropractic, acupuncture, vision, occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy with cognitive remediation, creating a ‘structured schedule’ and rest and wait and wait and wait.

The 8th largest insurance provider of the world’s largest hospitality company and their defense firm simply said no. My employer failed to intervene, the defense firm has used every means necessary to obfuscate facts and deny medical care. The carrier said they did not care that I had not received any medical care and in fact, their fraud department representative had the audacity to call on the phone and ask, ‘….So tell me, Linda, when ARE you going to die?’ (A medicated injured worker could be pushed over the edge by such a vile attack; a non-medicated injured worker might be inclined to FIGHT BACK. I am such a non-medicated Brain Injury Survivor.)

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The insurance carrier failed repeatedly to provide the recommended evals and treatments, so I read the reports and began to search out the right team of doctors, without help, and without insurance benefits, as my employee health insurance had expired, and return to work has been impossible to date. Perseverance is different from PERSEVERATING.

When I found a very knowledgeable neuro-psychologist, very familiar with head injuries, light began to glimmer down the tunnel. I obtained an MRI with a TBI protocol, and met with a terrific neurologist/psychiatrist at Scripps – Encinitas. His primary recommendation was “Embrace the New You” and when I sighed and whispered, “But I don’t know who she is, and she’s is not as fast or as smart as I used to be. They may have to rehabilitate me to become a neuro-scientist!”

WorkComp neurologists (2) suggested a) over the counter analgesics and b) that a woman over 35 with a closed head injury does not need any treatment, particularly since none was provided in the first 2 years. The WorkComp forensic psychiatrist, to support false allegations in order to deny medical care, also moved the date of injury from January 2012 to January 2013 in the report, and used medical records from 2012 to allege ‘pre-existing conditions.’ (These 3 doctors give a grave appearance of felony fraud, at the beckoning of the defense counsel, but that’s for another blog….and for the Department of Justice, perhaps. They were paid handsomely for their reports and supplemental reports (supplemental reports necessary due to the pattern and practice by defense of omitting approximately 300 pages of medical evidence to ‘defend’ the claim.)

The good and private (non WorkComp) neurologist recommended 3-6 months at the SCRIPPS Brain Injury Day Treatment Center or any of the various excellent programs that offer an interdisciplinary approach that includes speech, occupational and physical therapy. The insurance company agreed to 16 days, with an appeal for 8 more, then terminated the help. Granted, such help is most beneficial in the first months or years, and ‘RESTORATIVE” strategies seem limited so late in the ‘recovery game.’ That was more than 2.5 years post-injury.

In response to my suggestion that I may have to be rehabilitated and trained as a neuro-scientist, the Doctor quietly said that the full day 9th Annual Scripps Brain Injury Symposium was happening the following weekend, and that the audience is primarily doctors, military personnel, and other providers from interdisciplinary teams. He said I was welcome to attend. I attended. I met some brilliant and wonderful experts in the field of Brain Injury and Rehabilation from the medical and military and scientific communities. I also met a graduate of Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program, who shared his journey, and encouraged me to get to Coastline, by any means necessary.

“Dismissing someone’s brain injury as ‘mild’ is akin to saying someone is ‘mildly’ paraplegic.” – Asvar

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While my employer has failed to provide medically necessary treatments, and has failed to intervene in the egregious breaches of fiduciary responsibilities to provide care and rehabilitation for a witnessed slip and fall backwards on ice in Big Bear, California, they did extend an employee discount so that I could stay in a Wyndham Worldwide Ramada Inn, with a wonderful, warm and welcoming staff, who seriously practice the Wyndham corporate policy of CountOnMe practices.

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#InjuredWorkersUniting #SilentNoMore …… the Compensatory vs. Restorative Strategies facilitated by the outstanding staff at Coastline is unparalleled. “I’ll be back!”

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    Linda Ayres Wyndham Worldwide

    Top 25 Workers Comp INDUSTRY blogs? Name your favorites; provide the links; we’re all in this together…..

    If you are an Injured Worker and you are not following all of these blogs, and commenting as you can, you’re not doing enough. Let’s go. Add the names of others you have discovered…. after all,

    WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW….

    LexisNexis Shazaaaaam….. What a list! FOLLOW THESE BLOGS! Comment regularly…and as succinctly as possible….. and share their valuable posts in your own groups here and there…and create more InjuredWorker Advocate and Support and Networking groups, here and there….

    http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/workers-compensation/b/recent-cases-news-trends-developments/archive/2014/12/16/lexisnexis-top-blogs-for-workers-39-compensation-and-workplace-issues-2014-honorees.aspxless

    LexisNexis Top Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues – 2014 Honorees

    lexisnexis.comThe LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Workers’ Compensation has selected its 2014 honorees for the Top Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues. Congratulations to all the honorees! As 2014 winds down, the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Workers’…

  • Linda Ayres
    Linda Ayres Wyndham Worldwide

    Intention? TOP 50 #WorkersComp blogs BY InjuredWorkers, globally….

    ARE YOU AN INJURED WORKER WITH A STORY AND A BLOG? LET’S SEE THOSE LINKS! LET’S START WITH THE USA, CANADA, UK, AND AUSTRALIA…. If we build the list, the blogs will come….Afterall, WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW.

    Most of us are familiar with the #Top 25 Workers Comp Industry blogs…

    It’s time to identify and support the TOP50 WorkersComp blogs by and for Injured Workers, globally.

    Eventually, the two lists may become one.

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    You may have attorneys telling you to Stay Outta Social Media…. Ask yourself who that serves? Hint: FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL. In the USA, the First Amendment is Still in Place…. and the only way the atrocities can continue is by keeping their dirty secrets.

    WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW….. Let’s organize a preliminary list by July 4, 2015….. If you have a networking group on LinkedIn, share that. If you have groups in other social media platforms, share that.

    INDUSTRY PEOPLE OF GOODWILL WELCOME; INDUSTRY PSYCHOPATHS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. In fact, they may be added to the list of misfits for a December expose.

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    Ask About Surviving Workers Compensation? #InjuredWorkersUniting #SilentNoMore

    Group preliminary description: This group intends to identify the TOP 50 #WorkersComp blogs BY InjuredWorkers, globally. This group intends to identify and support social media efforts to bring light to the darkened places of WorkersCompensation atrocities. This group intends to develop a Speakers Bureau for Injured Workers willing and able to speak to industry groups at the many fancy conferences held around the world.

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    * EXPECT US BY JUNE * JOIN US

    This group also intends to identify each December, for possible ‘rehabilitation’ and/or investigations and possible indictments– some of the worst of the worst offenders/participants in the WorkComp Gravy Trains, harming injured workers everyone based on a business model of PROFITS BEFORE LIVES.

    Tell your story to your friends and neighbors, create a blog and join the #CommitteesOfBloggers for Positive Change and Restitution efforts for injuries caused by the WorkCompsters.

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