Here is a communication shared with a few injured workers and medical care providers who have been battling the system for years. It was written so that it could just be given to the attorney, if warranted. Maybe it will help you also?
Please let me know if it brings other questions to your mind, and we’ll see about answering them in another blog, in a general way, so others may also be helped. Or, we can find some experts to address the issues in greater detail.
These are some rough thoughts on how mediation with a structured settlement team and Medicare Set Aside Expert can help move a WorkComp case to Settlement, freeing up an Injured Worker to get medical care. It is really quite simple and effective.
The drawing attached is a “mind-map” created as a draft and talking points for the blog.
If it looks like a troll, acts like a troll, it’s probably a troll. SHUN THEM. YOU KNOW WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE. Refer to RULES OF ENGAGEMENTS for dealing with trolls. It’s there for your reference. See the OCCUPY WORK COMP EVENT — INVITE YOUR FRIENDS
Original group intent: #OccupyWorkComp – #OccupyVirtually Share experience strength and hope as an Injured Worker or Friends of Injured Workers in the virtual combat required to SURVIVE WORK COMP
This Group is for posting stories of Injured Workers and Struggles and Hardships they are forced to endure. Please share your story so we can all come together, Educate, Learn and Fight.. We are not Responsible for Any Members Posts or Comments. We are not able to monitor / read and interpret every post; and they may not necessarily be the View of the Whole Group. Please Be Respectful… Profanity / Insults to Other Members/Threats, etc. will not be Tolerated! It is Possible, that a member may make a Comment or Remark – because of their Dis-Satisfaction with this System – That may not be Mature, or Inappropriate- Which We ask Members – if they feel they have done so; to Please Correct or Delete that comment or message. All Members have Discretionary Powers to Do this. We all Make Mistakes too. We understand that it can be Very Upsetting in Dealing with the System. This is the Nature of the Beast we Deal with. This is a closed group and only approved for members, who can see whats posted!! Anything you post will NOT show up in others newsfeeds – Unless another member Shares it. Maybe it will in your own feed because you’re a member but it won’t to non members!! Feel free to post your questions or concerns regarding WCB/WSIB. Most times other Injured workers have been where you are and can give some advice. We would like to Hear All Members Opinions and Comments and Offer Support To Each Other. Take care and *Welcome* to our group 🙂
In January of 2013 my husband was killed in a workplace incident in Regina Saskatchewan. But he was far from just my husband, and far from just an employee. He was a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a grandson, a friend, a co worker, he was a human being. He was a tax payer, he was a home owner, he was a patient, he was a union member, he was a worker, his very existence was relevant, in one way or another, to everybody. This movement is relevant to everybody whether you go to work or not. People you care about do. It is important the every person knows that the systems in place to help them and to protect them and to keep them safe are flawed, not regularly enforced and have been cut back to the point of being unable to function. This is not a political issue, this is not somebody else’s problem, this is a reality for every person. I never imagined it would happen to me, and nobody does. But it can, in a split second. The goal of this group is to organize a movement that is led by the people, and for the people. To create a voice that is so loud it can no longer be ignored. To put a face to workplace injury and fatalities. To raise awareness, to find support, and to most importantly fight for our fundamental rights as a collective body of human beings.
2 Corinthians 6 9:10 The world ignores us, but we are known to God, we live close to death, but here we are, still very much alive. We have been injured but kept from death. Our hearts ache, but at the same time we have the joy of the Lord. We are poor, but we give rich spiritual gifts to others. We own nothing, and yet we enjoy everything.
*Justice for Saskatchewan, Injured / Disabled Workers* “WCB Employees Paid to Commit Fraud” “Denied Medical / Rehabilitation Benefits by WCB” The Historic Meredith Agreement in which WCB was founded has been twisted like a pretzel to deny injured workers benefits of medical care / lost wages, after suffering workplace injury. In the summary documents, prepared by Board services, and used in Board Members Judicial Appeal Hearing, I found falsified medical reports / complete lies. How can you receive a fair hearing when WCB employees place falsified and fabricated lies, to deliberately con-volute / misconstrue, your claim? Enough is Enough, It’s obvious the WCB “Road to Zero” is in reality a road to zero, benefits; How is it possible, all 3 of my MRI scans were not properly evaluated? 2 scans at University Hospital, radiologists- Dr. Derek Fladeland, Dr. Brent Burbridge, Dr. Stephan Kriegler all missed; Herniated Disc’s / Annular Disc tears / Traumatic endplate fractures; Facet Injuries; Spinal Stenosis; It’s as plain as the nose on your face; WCB Saskatchewan, is; Medical Legal Insurance Fraud; Racketeering; Designed to contain costs, at the expense, of the injured worker / family. In 1998, Gordon Scrimbit, was told by Wascana Rehab, he would never work again, WCB’s answer; ” While we do not disagree with the diagnosis, we do not see how this could be so”. In other words the evidence was totally disregarded. Recently WCB placed a contract out for bid for a new computer program; est: cost of $20 Million; WCB received their new computer program which cost over $30 Million dollars: Yet Injured Workers are being denied medical treatment requested by physicians for diagnosis / treatment. If you are a injured or disabled worker who wants to join this WCB, “Class Action Lawsuit” please send a request, this facebook group is PRIVATE, (However WCB likely will see all members eventually) Many Others Just like Yourselves, MUST, take this first step, and place your name on the lawsuit; We will hold 3 meetings, after the 3 meetings we will file the lawsuit in Court of Queens Bench; We are contacting several competent Law Firms; As a group, the choice of which Law Firm will handle the Lawsuit, must be voted on. Sincerely Bruce Junker
Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups Who are we? We are a group of workers (and family members) who have been injured or made sick on the job. We have first hand experience of the WCB/WSIB system and know it needs improvement! ONIWG is growing. We now have 21 member groups and more are joining. ONIWG groups in your community: – Offer peer support – meet other workers who face the same difficulties and challenges that you do – Supply information regarding the compensation system – Provide an opportunity to join the fight What we are fighting for! Reform of the Workers’ Compensation Act and Policy and return to the founding principles. Dignity, Respect and Justice must be the foundation for a renewed Workers’ Compensation System. We want an Act with the stated purpose to truly assist and compensate workers injured, made sick and disabled at work. Current Campaigns Bring in full cost of living protection for all injured workers’ benefits Provide pensions for workers with permanent disabilities and eliminate the deeming system – injured workers need real jobs and job security or full compensation Learn more about the Network: http://www.injuredworkersonline.org/Organizations/oniwg.html How to reach us: President – Eugene LeFrancois Secretary – Catherine Fenech Executive V.P. – Janet Paterson Head Office R.R. 1, Kaministiquia ON P0T 1X0 Tel. (807) 767-7827 email@example.com
This group is for injured workers to network and provide support and motivation for each other. if you have gone through this type of thing after a workplace injury,or know of someone who has post it here.We want your story…we are trying to help you too…What this is NOT-An advertising agency for products and services personal or professional
PA. Injured Workers Group is a group for Injured workers from PA., or anywhere else, that want to get involved in the effort to change the legislation in the states that allows for the persecution and abuse of injured workers.
This group is for those who have been injured at work, in a vehicle accident and from a criminal event and need legal advice. This group is also for those who wish to be consultants. Here you will find the right type of advice free of charge for your particular circumstance. From there you will be referred to professional injury lawyers who will discuss your circumstances with you. From beginning to end we offer a free no obligation service. Win or lose in court there is no cost to you. Our services are paid by the insurer, not you.
‘The Road to Social Justice’ Injured Workers All Across Canada, is a group of ‘Individual’ injured and disabled by occupation workers, family members, friends, supporters and ‘whistle blowers’, seeking a radical change to the Canadian provincial workers compensation Acts and the WCB’s who have sole right to interpret those Acts then make policy. Join us @: http://iwocac.ning.com
Support & information for Injured Workers Free consultation with filling out WSIB forms & understanding the appeal system. Monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month unless it’s a holiday weekend. We offer support & guidance and sometimes host guest speakers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @activistwendy Website; injuredworkersonline.org
This group is for those who have issues with wsib a system that we have no choice but to pay into and when you are hurt they do not want to give you your money back to help you get on with your life as a injured worker
Hello my internet angels, welcome to my page. Happy New Year, and may you all have the greatest life journey ever! I made a promise to myself this year, after receiving my Counseling diploma with “Honors,” in December 2014,’ that I would once again become a part of this beautiful world. I am becoming visible, and break my thirty-year silence regarding the misdiagnosis, that led to the medical madness, and the horrendous problems I have had to experience, still experience as an injured worker dealing with the Workers Compensation System and the Canadian medical system. I am proud to say that understanding human behavior has given me an edge over everything in my life.. I have found my way out of the darkness we are pushed into by our injuries, depression, injustice and dealing the small mindedness of the adjudicators on our case. And my greatest wish for this year, is that the more injured workers that come out of hiding and break their silence, tell their stories and their experiences since becoming an injured worker. Tell how the medical community treats us. A system that is supposed to protect and help us, but in my case, and the cases of many, are ignored, misdiagnosed. I would spend the rest of my life dealing with nerve damage and a multitude of other problems only because of ignorance. My experiences of being implanted with medical devices that help control pain. Gave me my life back, but, only caused further injuries, and issues, losses, as well as more problems when they malfunctioned, electrocuting me internally, paralyzing my body, until my co-workers unplugged the device from the transmitter, saving my life, bringing me down and back into the unjust Workers Compensation System. Machines that are put in people’s bodies to help control pain that go ignored, unmonitored by the Workers Compensation Board that purchased these devices, as well as the surgeon’s who implanted these devices, and the manufacturer who never warned me of the consequences of being internally electrocuted. And I was I ever sent a letter telling me my device was obsolete and needed replacing. The more stories we hear, the more people that stand up in the face of adversity, the quicker we will see changes because these stories could be yours…..or that of your loved ones….Don’t let this be their experience. It’s time to SHATTER THIS SILENCE. I hope that my story and the poetry God blessed me with the ability to write will provide support, inspiration, and information to those who need it. It’s only when we all break our silence, that changes happen. We need to shatter the silence with louder voices, break the patterns, and labels, and take our lives back. Because, only in doing so, will our future, the status quo won’t impact our children’s future. We set out on a road of dreams, to only have another person derail us and that won’t continue……my life is worth it…. God Bless Giggles the Poet
#WorkCompCrimes: Post questions, photos events about Injured Workers in America and throughout the World. WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. #IWU InjuredWorkersUnited https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420621508187237/ IF YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE WORK COMP CLAIM, USE DISCRETION IN YOUR POSTS, AS THERE ARE NO SECRETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. JOINING A ‘SECRET GROUP’ MAY PROVIDE A MORE COMFORTABLE FORUM. Create new ways to communicate with the others. A CLASS ACTION SUIT WON’T HAPPEN AS LONG AS THEY KEEP INJURED WORKERS SILENT AND DIVIDED. SO, LET’S SHOUT, LET’S UNITE! WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. EXPECT US. Admin: Lucy Occupy / Linda Ayres via wynLINDA@gmail.com and email@example.com
The Joint Task Force on Rehabilitation for the Injured Worker was established in 1983 to provide an educational forum and promote better communication between professionals regarding rehabilitation services for the Maryland injured worker. The founding members recognized that the Workers’ Compensation Community needed specialized knowledge and skills. The purpose and goal of the Task Force is to identify the skills and knowledge that are needed to assist and equip professionals in providing successful services for Maryland injured workers. Conferences, workshops and written material (The Good Practice Manual and other educational materials) provide the forum to present this information. These forums bring together the Workers’ Compensation Community which includes claims representatives, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, attorneys, nurses and therapists. For this reason the membership consists of 15 organizations and associations representing the wide variety of entities directly involved in workers’ compensation. Each member organization or association appoints representatives to serve on the Task Force. The Task Force is a standing committee of the Maryland Rehabilitation Association (MRA) and Chesapeake Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector (CARPPS).
Post questions, photos events about Injured Workers in America and throughout the World. WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. IF YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE WORK COMP CLAIM, USE DISCRETION IN YOUR POSTS, AS THERE ARE NO SECRETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. JOINING A ‘SECRET GROUP’ MAY PROVIDE A MORE COMFORTABLE FORUM. Create new ways to communicate with the others. A CLASS ACTION SUIT WON’T HAPPEN AS LONG AS THEY KEEP INJURED WORKERS SILENT AND DIVIDED. WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. EXPECT US. Admin: Lucy Occupy / Linda Ayres via wynLINDA@gmail.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 760 368 7236 – message line
Petition to improve service provided to injured workers and allow treating physichians to decide what work their patient is suitable to complete. “YOUR DOCTOR HAS AN OPINION BUT IS NOT IN A PLACE TO DECIDE WHAT WORK IS SUITABLE FOR YOU!”-WSIB case manager
Injured workers suffer terribly on the workcover system. The system devalues and dehumanises injured workers. The system is unfairly biased against injured workers. Worse still, more cuts to entitlements are being proposed by the government. Injured workers and those who care about injured workers are most welcome to join the group, share experiences and gain support from others in the same situation.
Each and every one of us suffers a workplace injury at some point in our lives. It is not only a physical experience but an emotional and financial one as well. We trust that WCB is going to asssit us throughout the whole injury but that is not always the case. We want to hear your stories. Do you beleive that WSNB needs to be revamped? Do you beleive that their policies and procedures are for the injured worker? Do you feel well treated by your case manager? have you been threatened to have your finances cut off if you dont comply with your case managers decisions of how your care should be? Share with us your ideas and experiences…its time for a change.
This is a group for the injured workers Wcb of Alberta didn’t pay, WCB Alberta is an Insurance company that Denies as many claims as possible. denying claims and proper medical care saves them money. injured workers are a liability and therefore need to be removed from the system as soon as possible. the so called appeal process is a sham… the appeal board is on the payroll of WCB. Independant Medical Exams are conducted by Doctors on the the WCB payroll and these Doctors are taught to lie and decieve as a matter of common WCB practice. WCB does not lose in Court, they have endless resources and will use the most underhanded tactics available.
Injured workers that have been messed around by Workers Compensation either by LMR or by not receiving the proper payout that they deserve. We have worked hard to support our families, we did not ask to get hurt on the job, and now that we have, we have no job and no rights.
This is to show people how many of us have been bullied by insurance companies. Since the change of the workers compensation ACT by the O’Farrell government, workers are being kicked off the books unfairly another one for the multi nationals who only want money money money……
This group is for injured workers involved with WSIB. You can share your thoughts, experiences, stories, issues, whatever you are comfortable sharing. This is a group for support and advice. This is a SAFE place, no DRAMA or NASTINESS, will be tolerated.
I would like to hear about your experience with the system what your injury was and if you are working again or pensioned if your an attorney how do you get thru this process? need answers to alot of question’s, I have an appeals hearing coming up soon.
This group is a place where people of all race, color, or beliefs can come together to compare and or share their horror stories they have aquired at the hands of A.I.G. And any other insurance with an adjuster that can only say “NO” to treatment prescribed by your primary treating physician.
Organization of people affected by negative WCB tactics that are looking for change.. Injured workers for a “present day” WCB system for future people who have to deal with injury at work. Share info, stories and bad (wrong) decisions that need to be made known.
Our Mission Statement: “To promote fair and equitable compensation for injured workers in Canada, to address the mistreatment of injured workers and to voice the common concerns of injured workers across Canada.”
For anyone disabled on the job, recovering from your injury is a long, hard road but how long is it really? What happens if many years down the road you develop complications from your work related injury? Do you know what your rights are…..Until it happened to us, we had no idea. Here you’ll have a support network of injured workers who have become severely disabled because their rights were violated by Carriers more intersted in saving money than providing care for the serious complications that arise from WC claims awarded years earlier.
The Canadian Injured Workers Alliance (CIWA) is a national network of injured workers groups that aims to support and strengthen the work of local, provincial, and territorial injured workers organizations. We provide a forum for injured workers to exchange information and sharing experiences. We exist to support injured workers and improve the Occupational Health and Safety of workers across Canada. Contact Information: Newfoundland Labrador Injured Workers Association. General Delivery Brigus Junction, NL A0B 1G0. General Email: email@example.com Fax: 709-229-1177 CRWDP Contact: Patricia Dodd
It is my goal to make it federally mandated that Police Officers and Fireman receive 100% of their pay when injured in the line of duty. On May 16, 2005 my husband was seriously injured in the line of duty while attempting to pull someone over on his departmental motorcycle. Due to someone elses negligence and failure to yield to his lights and siren he was involved in the accident and injured. After 5 1/2 years he is still dealing with injuries from the accident. At the time of the accident he was a Sgt. He has since been promoted to Lieutenant and subsequently is at a higher pay level. He will be undergoing a hip replacement in March. We will recieve 65% of his pay that he was receiving when the accident occured.
This group is private and only people from the project will be invited … We have set this group up to stay in touch and provide information and resources to you from time to time … Please make use of this group to ask any questions of the SA Unions staff … We hope you will make use of this forum and stay in touch so we can see if our work with you is sustainable 🙂 Enjoy …..
If you are, or have been, an injured worker in the State of California and have had a workers’ compensation claim, we want to hear from you! Please join our group and tell us your story…we are trying to film a documentary on how California injured workers’ are treated…worse than animals…help us change it for employees and employers.
I would like to hear from oilfield workers that have been injured an are not being supported by their oil companies. I want to start a coalition to compensate employees that were employeed on the rigs before mandated laws were in effect protecting them from harmful chemical exposures.
Combining common experiences on unfair practices by WSIB on injured workers that we would like to see addressed and changed and are willing to actively engage through appropriate & professional dialogue with WSIB to make future changes in policies and practices for beniefit of all injured workers. Please contact me through Facebook and/or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
After a post on the Sunny Coast Community Board by Stuart Field asking who would employ someone with limited ability and on pain medication a lot of interesting chatter eventuated and this page was subsequently born. It is a program in motion currently looking to bring together as many injured Sunshine Coast Workers as possible for a free flowing brain storming session to document our joint challenges and triumphs and to collaboratively build a network of people and information to assist injured workers both now and in the future. We invite you to take part in something that we believe has the power to change broken lives for the better. Join us here today.
Educate the general public and injured workers on policies and new initiatives of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and also the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. Maintain a resource library of useful information on WSIB and Health issues. Increase community awareness of the issues affecting injured workers. Provide referrals to other community services where needed. Promote education for workers to eliminate work place injuries.
Without Prejudice When a worked like my self simone gets injured in the work place like Winners Homesence It is employers duity that the injued worker gets everything they need to get healthy again not kick them to the street and say we just have no room to deal with this and try to close the book on it and think they can get away with it. Please join my group and help me stop this from happening to another injured worked anywhere and also to make winners understand that they will not get away with this.
This is for Ohio workers whom have been injured on the job. If you have an open workers comp claim here in Ohio, no matter if you have been off work cause of the injury or you are back to work. Just as long as your claim is open we want to help you get your rights back. As an injured worker you have to go to the IC court to fight for treatment or to receive money that is owed to you. We are trying to get laws passed so that you can get treatment and all things u need to get your life back to the best of YOUR ABLITY.. This is being funded by a doctor that works as a doctor in the workers comp industry. He feels the injured worker deserves more rights and that’s what we are trying to get for you…
The current WSIB and its employers are using publicly funded agents such as ODSP to dump cleints that were injured ,while on the job.The current claim denial rate is close to 50 %.If we are going to have a system that is adverserial then I want the right to sue my employer.
This group is for people in Florida who have been injured in a car, sports or work accident and need to find good resources or want to share their experience involving: chiropractic services, good attorneys, advice on recovery, or any advice in general.
Post Here ,or Help Injured Workers Find out where to go for Help .By posting your Tragic accident at work and the help you have received or not received!! Post your story how Government has helped you or how that have not. Was your accident reported by your Employer to Worker Compensation or Occupational Health and Safety? This group is created to help injured workers stop the Companies from getting away with compensating injured wokers Medically or Financially and get the help the desperately need and deserve !!!
* IF YOU ARE THE OWNER/ADMIN OF ONE or more OF THE INCLUSIVE GROUPS, Pages and/or Events AND WOULD LIKE TO INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN YOUR GROUP, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR GROUP/PAGE DESCRIPTION, LINK, AND YOUR INVITATION.
“We Are The Media Now”
THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR, WE WILL REACH OUT TO THE GROUP OWNER/ADMINS THAT WE CAN, WITH INTENTION TO HAVE A MORE PERSONALIZED INVITATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN A POSITION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF INJURED WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD.
Love one another like there’s no tomorrow!
Survive Work Comp! #OccupyVirtually and remember that #AnonymousPrecedesUnanimous
If that’s too complicated, connect as you like, and remember remember, WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW and we work like antz!
Remember the industry rants disparaging America’s Injured Workers in favor of a (potential?) business associates from down under? Follow the money. Follow their blogs.
“This morning finds me firmly ensconced in a top secret “undisclosed location”, preparing to attend the 2016 Workers’ Compensation Summit – the result of an earlier call for a national conversation on workers’ comp. When I first published the article…..”
Defense Against the Psychopath – Full Length Version – Documentary
Letter from Federal Lawmakers to the United States Department of Labor Secretary. READ IT AGAIN. THINK THINK THINK
Note who signed it, and who did not sign it. Where’s the update and the additional signatures? What about Social Security and Workers’ Compensation collusions in cost-shifting and more harm to Americans? Will ProPublica and NPR and others continue to dig deeper for more truths about the harsh realities of the WorkComp Underworld? What about Civil Rights and Human Rights? What about The Constitution of the United States of America?
PS Without a blog and a growing database, and Injured Worker is Unarmed and Unprotected in the Global War on Workers — a War Waged by 21st Century Sonderkommando…… FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE EMPTY SUITS….
#OccupyVirtually! Blog Blog Blog! #DodgeTheRads – It’s also dangerous to your health!
CAN YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF AS A PUBLISHER? With an e-magazine or three? Sort of like an electronic newspaper, and you build your own audience (database!) and you share things that you find important, share you opinion, and invite others to share further. It’s an empowering thought, isn’t it?
Do you think it could help LIFT INJURED WORKERS OUT OF VICTIM-HOOD? What could YOU do with a BLOG?
Ha! Have you ever heard about MABs? THAT may be what this group needs.
I know the concept…. if anybody is an expert on MABs, let’s chat! [Multi-author blogs]
It might be easier for newbie Injured Worker bloggers… and we could have a sub-group for writers… #OccupyWorkComp – Writers Community.. 😀
So what and why????
My work injury was January 2012 and I did not begin to blog about it until Summer 2013. Believe it or not, I was pretty timid and I sure as heck didn’t want people to know I was fighting with a brain injury. D’oh. “I’M INJURED, NOT STUPID!” Nor did I want my nuclear ‘whistle-blowing’ compromised.
The more I learned about WorkComp, the more I saw the similarities in the PROFITS BEFORE LIVES, CALCULATED KILLS of both industries. So, here we are. Connecting more dots.
Being in those ‘creeepy’ doctor mills that were more like morgues for doped zombie was nearly more than I could handle. I talked to people. I gave them my contact info. One office told me I could not talk about WorkComp in the lobby, and they even posted a warning sign. Not too many people spoke English. The sign was posted in Spanish, too.
The parties ‘reached resolution subject to confidentiality agreement’ Fall 2015. Do you think blogging helped? In efforts to rebrand, I started a second WorkComp blog this year, but due to attacks by WorkCompsters, the original blog stands on it’s own. There we can deal with more volatile issues.
What I want to do in this group is help those of you who want to ESCAPE work comp apply some of the principles of action and response that I found valuable. Doctors and lawyers have encouraged me to do what I can to help injured workers. The only way I know how to help you is to teach you about blogging.
There is a business solution that you can employ, with or without an attorney. That involves MEDIATION and STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT TEAMS. THE POINT IS TO GET YOUR FREEDOM AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS BACK, ‘BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.’
If you are represented and your attorney won’t help you, consider the value in ditching the attorney and representing yourself. Can you really do worse than what the attorneys have already done to you and for you?
If you’re interested, SET UP YOUR BLOG, AND LET’S GET MOVING. WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW and it’s very late.
If your attorney says you better not blog, remind that it’s your constitutional right protected by the 1st amendment. You might use a pen name… I did until Facebook thought police locked me out of my account because “Lucy Occupy” had no papers to present to the Thought Police, so…. Lucy and I share a profile, but she has a page, I have a page, and we have some other pages and groups.
THERE IS NO BOX TO TRANSCEND.
Energy follows thought and thoughts are things. JUST DO IT. YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
It was brought to my attention that not everybody knows what a BLOG is, and therefore, the power of the blog as a ‘weapon of self-defense’ is not clearly understood. OK! That makes sense.
Quick story, then some links. In 2011, facing extreme periods of Facebook censorship (weeks at a time in the ol’ days, and total lockout!) I had to find alternatives to the censorship being faced by most people screaming about Fukushima Global disaster and the triple nuclear meltdowns.
I asked a buddy at work, a former SEAL, how do I create a blog?? He said he normally charged several hundred dollars, but for me I think he said it would be a couple hundred, or he may have offered to do it for free, but I would have to wait. There was no time to waste, so I figured it out.
WordPress.COM is easier, imho, than wordpress.ORG and it’s one-stop-shopping, and it’s free. You can spend a little to ensure your readers are not bothered with ads, but it can be 100% free.
You can type a post on FB, copy and paste to a new BLOG post, and voila…. you begin to collect your story so it’s documented and people can get up to speed as time goes by. I have received many calls and emails from people who just wanted to talk, because they thought they were ALONE in fighting for the life, or the life of their loved ones being tortured and abused in the American Workers Comp Systems.
Check it out and if one of the videos speaks to you, please share the link here and share your progress on creating a blog.
START WITH A SHORT TITLE (I learned that by experience! ) and you can even just build up a collection of posts, you can share with friends privately for feedback and proof-reading, and you can blast it all over FB, Twitter, Google + LinkedIn and beyond.
“Without a blog and a database, Injured Workers are UNARMED and UNPROTECTED in the Global #WarOnWorkers! #WoW”
I know I’m going to get flamed for this blog post, but I have always committed to telling the story the way I see it.
I have taken on insurance companies and their executives, doctors and other medical vendors, attorneys and the legal profession.
Politicians of course haven’t escaped my vitriol, and employers also haven’t escaped criticism.
The only workers’ compensation population that hasn’t been met with cynicism has been injured workers.
There’s two sides to every story, as they say.
Most in the work injury protection schema do good deeds most of the time for most people. There are some times when things go awry, either intentionally or negligently. I get that. There are also laws and regulations that don’t work effectively, or have contraindications which contaminate too large a population. I get that too.
Workers’ compensation, or any form of work injury protection system, requires a lot of people to synchronize. Synchronicity is not easy. Sometimes the harmony goes awry. That’s how life is.
Recipients of system failures get a raw deal. Sometimes it’s corrected. Sometimes not. Sometimes the correction doesn’t meet the expectations of the recipient and other times it exceeds expectations.
Most move on, find their new paths in life and return some positive energy back to the world. They aren’t in the same place they were before injury, and certainly it’s a struggle to shift directions, particularly later in life and particularly if unprepared financially and emotionally for an alteration to the expected path.
The vast majority do move on, find positivity in life, strive to make the most out of it, and refuse to let life get in the way of living.
However, there’s a vociferous militant minority of the injured worker population who have made it their mission to inform the world of the injustices imparted on them by “the system” and all its nefarious participants.
They have ridiculed most all work comp sectors named above, but have spared me for the most part.
I’m sure that will change now.
Here’s my gripe: these unmodulated venters are all about negativity, and offer nothing to resolve either their own issues, or the issues facing the workers’ compensation institution.
These folks have taken to the immediacy and vast reach of the Internet to let the world know about the work injury commercial complex; how all of workers’ compensation is out to get them, and you too. They rail about injustice, and about conspiracy, profits, and ill will towards all.
They hijack award systems to claim, incorrectly and falsely, victory andacknowledgment.
But never, ever, is there a solution suggested, or any attempt to make a positive change.
Just victimization. You may not choose to BECOME a victim, but you do choose to REMAIN a victim…
You all know who I’m talking about. I know you’re upset at bloggers, at TPAs, and a whole host of other people connected to the work comp environment, and this is fueled by your personal experiences. I completely understand your emotions and what you believe in.
You have drawn ire from people in the industry, but it’s not because you are being vilified, or because they have a disdain for the injured worker with a voice, or any other malicious reason.
It is very simple – you offer nothing positive relative to change.
Anyone can complain. Few do anything to effectuate change.
Drawing attention to the negative does nothing to further the conversation, offers no solutions, provides no road map.
It’s easy to foment revolution, but revolution without offering a solution (and not nationalization of work comp or calling in the National Guard) simply ends with anarchy.
Some have gone as far as criticizing their own – people who are working hard at making changes in their own way. There is a visible injured worker population who are doing something POSITIVE. They have taken their rage, disgust, observations, and done something that helps others. It is long, it is tough, it is out of the ordinary – but it is effective, demonstrates a solution and one that will likely result in positive change as organizations review and study what is being done and then implementing it it their own systems.
It simply is not enough to complain. Everyone has a complaint. A complaint without a solution is bullshit. You may as well just dig a hole and hide because no one is going to pay attention.
Everyone knows that bad things happens in work comp and that there are profiteers off of the injured. That’s no secret.
So what are YOU going to do about it?
Working outside of the system, criticizing others, denigrating the institution, doesn’t help anyone, anywhere, and in fact makes one simply a militant.
The answer is to work WITH the system. Everyone does it in their own way. They work, and work hard, with other people that WANT to make a difference understanding that this is not a one person job; hell, it’s not even a job for a community, but a job for an industry of people.
Maybe I call them as I see them, but I also work with the top leaders to help with change.
It doesn’t happen quickly. Heck, sometimes it doesn’t happen at all.
But other than publish vicious attacks, why not study the system, study the law, the regulations, and PROPOSE solutions that a politician or regulator or chief executive, or any other leader can endorse and work with?
What has happened, through this militant virulence is that your credibility as an activist is suspect because you attack everyone (and I’m sure to end up on that attack list because of this post).
Here’s the deal: Too many people don’t want to assume the same level of responsibility that they presume for their rights.
If you want change then make change happen with action. Actually DO something POSITIVE. Blogging, calling others names, denigrating the institution – none of that matters.
What’s YOUR solution? How are YOU going to step up and BE change?