Let the real Workers Compensation National and Global Discussions Begin!
As one industry forensic psychiatrist suggested, ‘Tell them to take it to The Hague!’
Injured Workers are a little more practical and respectfully request that Congress immediately establish a CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE NATIONAL CRIMES AND DOMESTIC TORTURE AGAINST INJURED AND DISABLED MEMBERS OF AMERICA’S WORKING CLASS.
WORKERS COMPENSATION SYSTEMS failures and abuses in all states, as hinted at by the Secretary of the Department of Labor, must be ‘fixed’ now, considering also the cost shifting and further burdens on all American taxpayers and State and Federal Systems.
Sometimes WorkComp Industry people will start or close conversations with intended perceptions of empathy along lines of, ‘it sounds like you’ve had a very tough time’ or ‘gee, sounds like you had a bad experience in our industry; most injured workers have happy and positive experiences and outcomes.’
Others will often suggest and argue that any discussions of misdeeds, fraud, misbehavior, failed surgeries, dirty doctor reports etc. are ‘simply hyperbole’ and use other abusive dodging tactics — anything but the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE EXPLAINS SOME OF THAT BEHAVIOR, doesn’t it?
#MicCheck! Thinking about #WorkCompsters, Meanies, Bullies and Bloggers- spending a little time reviewing past blogs and posts..here are some on #WorkComp#Frauds
Note: File churning and obfuscation of facts are a pattern of practice. Attorneys who allege to represent injured workers don’t get paid [allegedly] until a case is settled.
WHY ARE SO MANY WORKCOMP CASES ALLOWED TO CONTINUE FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS, usually without benefits, IMPOVERISHING AND OTHERWISE DESTROYING LIVES MEDICALLY, PHYSICALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, SHORTENING LIFE SPANS AND COST SHIFTING TO STATE AND FEDERAL COFFERS? WHY, AMERICA, WHY?!!!
Why will so few attorneys use third-party-neutral mediation and structured settlements to save the lives of their clients? Why should any case be allowed to churn more than two years, or even churn at all?
NOTE: The patterns of practice for handling of all catastrophic injuries across America seem to meet the Romano Trust vs Sedgwick guidelines for maximum profits. Adjusters across America seem to use the same “playbook” to the most minute detail.
DOES BIG LAW KNOW SOMETHING THEY AREN’T TALKING ABOUT?
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern California expects to prosecute an applicants’ attorney for his role in a scheme involving an allegedly corrupt union boss, kickbacks for client referrals, banking violations, laundering proceeds from medical marijuana dispensaries, tax fraud schemes and even the infamous Hells Angels, according to documents unsealed Wednesday by the U.S. District Court for Northern California.”
The above picture is from the 2014 CompLaude Gala — yes, I was privileged to attend, as one of four InjuredWorker Nominated Finalists.
Yes, I took plenty of “heat” from the InjuredWorker community for attending. I arrived early, and met many of the exhibitors, and even attempted to maintain contact with some.
We apparently scare them apparently as much as they can scare us. ‘Can’t we all just get along? You could be next in the casualties of the mega billion dollar profitable WorkComp industries in America.’ We gotta convince them to change the business model from “Profits Before Lives” to something more Millenial Friendly, wouldn’t you agree?
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL TO COME TO THE AID OF HUMANITY.
Last year, the brilliant WorkCompCentral CompLaude event was California nominees only.
THIS YEAR, #WorkCompCentral has opened it to national nominations. Next year —-perhaps will be the first international Comp Laude Awards — as our neighbors are experiencing the same tragic mis-handling of work place injuries as we are.
The Canadian, Australian and UK injured workers seem to have more of a pro-active fight against the bad stuff on social media and in the Courts, whereas the majority of industry peeps AND Injured Americans appear to be addicted and practicing learned helplessness at the hands of the not-so-nice perpetrators of the industry. It’s time for change.
FIND THOSE WORKING TO MAKE WORK COMP A SAFER SYSTEM FOR INJURED WORKERS EVERYWHERE, AND STRENGTHEN THEIR HANDS! IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?
By the way, if any Injured Workers are interested in gathering there, with an Exhibit Table so they can see that we are human, and their industry failures have life and death consequences to real human beings, let me know know also by 8/31/15 and we’ll see what we can pull together.
Maybe my employer, Wyndham Worldwide, or it’s WorkComp Carrier, CNA, or their Defense Firm, Grancell Stander Reubens Thomas Kinsey will buy a booth and a table for an eclectic group of Injured Workers to facilitate participation? My injury happened 1/9/12 —- TBI — and you know how that’s going. You too, huh?
Well, if we cannot attend the gala, we can certainly #OccupyVirtually — lots of pictures and tweeting happen at the all day event!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015. SAVE THE DATE.
Description of Comp Laude™ Awards Nomination Categories
The following five categories are restricted to INDIVIDUAL (PERSON) NOMINATIONS:
Medical Comp Laude – can be a physician, a surgeon, a nurse, a physical therapist, a pain management specialist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, etc. Anyone with a professional designation in the MEDICAL field.
Legal Comp Laude – a Judge / judicial officer, applicants’ attorney, defense attorney, etc. Anyone with a professional designation in the LEGAL field.
Individual Comp Laude – Any individual (person) who is not a medical or legal professional but carries some designation as a workers’ comp professional; i.e. a Risk Manager, Human Resources Manager, Hearing Rep, Lien Rep, Safety Coordinator; Occupational Specialist; claims adjuster; RTW / SAW coordinator; bill reviewer; etc. Anyone with a professional designation in the workers’ compensation industry that is not in the medical or legal profession.
Injured Worker Comp Laude – Any individual who has been injured on the job.
Leadership Comp Laude – Any person who is considered an industry mentor / expert professional / speaker / educator / presenter.
The following two categories are restricted to COMPANY NOMINATIONS:
Employer Comp Laude – A public or private employer company.
Service Comp Laude – Any company that provides services related to the workers’ compensation industry: legal firm, managed care company; insurance carrier; medical practice (physician group, nurse case management, physical therapy); Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM); Third Party Administrator (TPA); Medical Bill Review Services; Medical Supplies; language / translation; copy services, etc.
Thank you for your interest in the Comp Laude™ Awards!
Before you can make a nomination, WorkCompCentral asks that you login to their website and create an account. Just do it. If you have survived WorkComp, then you survive another login account and passcode. Remember, nominations are due by 8/31/15…. and you have to name people, and write something nice about them on the nomination form. Start thinking, thanks.
MEDICAL COMP LAUDE
LEGAL COMP LAUDE
INDIVIDUAL COMP LAUDE
INJURED WORKER COMP LAUDE
LEADERSHIP COMP LAUDE
Employer Comp Laude
Service Comp Laude
THINK LOCALLY * ACT GLOBALLY * OCCUPY VIRTUALLY
This has been a PSA-Public Service Message to/for/and on behalf of Injured Workers Everywhere!
WORKERS COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD – State of California
3737 N. Main Street, 3rd floor
Riverside, CA 92501
RE: ADDENDUM TO DOR AND OBJECTION TO PETITION TO COMPEL ATTENDANCE (sent yesterday)
Dear Judge Hill:
I pray the Court will finally intervene on my behalf, and on behalf of all American Injured Workers subjected to such abuses by the insurance industries and their goon squads.
Senator Fuller suggested that I take my concerns to the DIR, and the FBI suggested I take my concerns to the DOI. Been there, done that. There will be a special blog soon on how and which State Officials and Agencies and Legal Communities also fail injured American Workers, in this case and in others.
As I am preparing for your Court and re-filing all the medical/legal papers in my possession, in reviewing the Medical Index in use by the Defense, I noticed yet another omitted report dated February 6, 2015 from Dr. Hilda Chalgujian regarding these very subjects. It is a 2 page summary after a series of “discouraging” CorVel communications. DR HILDA CHALGUJIAN 2 6 2015 FAX_20150217_1424143081_1 (1)
I ask that you include this in your reconsideration of your order to compel me to see an Ear Nose and Throat doctor as well as yet another set of neuro-psych tests for a very well documented brain injury of 1/9/12, treated by defense primarily with a few chiropractic sessions, a few clinical psychologists in 2012, 2013 had some physical therapy, 2014 finally saw to some speech therapy, occupational therapy and more physical therapy and sessions with neuro-psychologist and a few acupuncture sessions. That’s hardly compliance with ACOEM, MTUS or even common sense.
Dr. Chalgujian’s initial report is approximately 40 pages, which includes her testing results and her comprehensive review of all medical records up to April 2014, when she agreed to begin to treat me. Defense had no neuro-psychologists and I had to make many calls to find a local brain injury expert, and Dr. Chalgujian’s name was constantly recommended. As a result, she agreed to treat me, then defense wanted her to do another evaluation, which she agreed to and provided.
Please note that the difference between Dr. Chalgujian’s reports and those of QME/AME doctors — Dr. Chalgujian does the testing herself, and writes the reports herself, and reviews all the medical records herself. I know of no doctor in the WorkComp system that does so — in fact, a few have admitted that their “well trained” (non-medical staff) write the expensive reports that that doctors just sign. I suspect most don’t even even review them, or if they do, I would have to further suspect how they made it through medical school.
I don’t know if Dr. Chalgujian has been paid for her reports or all therapy visits; I know that Defense has refused to reimburse me for even those medical miles (90 miles, round trip; weekly for a while; gas at approximately $4.00/gallon. I hope to meet with Dr. Hilda to discuss resuming treatment with her, either via my alleged Workers Compensation Insurance coverage, or via my Medicare policy, awarded through recent total disability designation by the Social Security Administration.
If CNA continues to refuse to provide estimated Permanent Disability funds (they have breached the Law repeatedly on refusals to pay TTD as well, so there is no reason for me to expect right action or legal compliance at this stage either) , with penalties, and if WCAB allows them to continue all these atrocities, then I will be unable to continue at the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury program in Newport Beach — the lodging, travel and meals out are too expensive and I don’t know how I am to survive on the SSA award income.
Without completing the Coastline program, and dealing with the vision and auditory processing issues, speech and vestibular issues and other yet unknown issues (EEG scheduled for next month, self-procured, because CNA doesn’t apparently think they are valid for brain injury diagnosis, nor have they provided MRI’s) I don’t know how I will ever be ready for a trial return to work.
If I am unable to return to Coastline 8/24/15, my entire support system will break down, leaving me somewhat defenseless and could cause a loss of all the progress I have made in learning compensatory strategies.
Neuro-vision evaluations and vision therapy, acupuncture, Brain MRI’s (2012, 2014) as well as scientifically based functional neurology treatments have been self-procured since carrier’s callous disregard for law and life is indisputable; in October 2014, a State run program, the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program at Coastline Community College, best in the nation for people with disabilities and more, has also been self-procured.
How is this and EXCLUSIVE REMEDY when doctors are simply paid to write reports with recommendations for treatments that are ignored, then the select few doctors write clearly false reports at the beckoning of the defense, and the defense churns the file for billable hours, shifting cost burdens to injured workers, State & Federal Tax payers?
With the thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars the defense has paid for reports – false and otherwise – a fraction of those monies spent on medically necessary care might have helped me heal, and perhaps returned to work at any point along the way. I have SPENT more than $43,000 to-date to survive these atrocities.
How many thousands of dollars has the defense laundered through how many unclean hands to cause such harm to me, and Injured Workers like me? “Follow the money. Always follow the money.”
“Compel” the defense to identify what TREATMENTS they have provided; I CAN PROVIDE A LIST OF ALL RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS THAT THEY FAILED & REFUSED TO PROVIDE SINCE DATE OF INJURY.
COMPEL THIS! WorkComp Defense to provide medically necessary treatments as part of Exclusive Remedy
Is it time for more serious discussion about THE DEMOLITION OF WORKERS’ COMP? ProPublica peeps have just discussed the tip of the iceberg….Write on Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes! Keep involving the industry experts…..shatter their delusions.
Let’s do something good for America, your Honor.
Hold these insurance companies and their defense firms accountable for their actions, and do what you can for some house cleaning at 3737 North Main Street.
Thank you for your consideration and an expedited hearing. Mediation might be a good idea to save the Court some bother, wouldn’t you agree? It would be great if a representative from the Corporate Fraud Unit of the Office of the District Attorney could be invited to observe and review.