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America’s vanishing worker protections.
ProPublica | Journalism in the Public Interest
An Oklahoma commission ruled that a state law allowing companies to “opt out” of workers’ comp and write their own plans was unconstitutional while similar bills in other states lose steam.
Hummer limos, go-go dancers, a live alligator and glowing aliens in spandex at the national workers’ comp and disability expo. Journey into the little-known workers’ comp industrial complex.
Over the past 25 years, the giant meatpacking company has taken a lead in pushing for changes in workers’ comp in state after state — often to the detriment of workers.
In response to a ProPublica and NPR investigation, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators said it will look into an effort by some of the biggest names in corporate America to opt out of workers’ comp.
In response to a ProPublica and NPR investigation, members of Congress are urging the labor secretary to come up with a plan to protect injured workers and taxpayers.
One Texas lawyer is helping companies opt out of workers’ compensation and write their own rules. What does it mean for injured workers?
Benefits for the same body part can differ dramatically depending on which company you work for.
Today, ProPublica is teaming up with the journalism crowdfunding site Beacon to encourage more coverage of workers’ comp across the country.
With this Reporting Recipe, we want to make it easier for journalists to find and report stories on changes in workers’ comp policies and the impact on local workers.
In an eight-hour hearing, Democratic lawmakers challenge governor’s proposals to change state’s workers’ compensation law.
A bill that passed a state Senate committee today would address a problem highlighted in a ProPublica and NPR investigation of problems with new workers’ compensation laws.
A proposal to nearly triple the maximum compensation for workers who lose a limb follows a ProPublica/NPR story that showed Alabama to have the lowest permanent partial disability benefits in the country.
Some hearing witnesses say the 2012 reform law had “unintended consequences,” prompting insurers to deny medical care and doctors to leave the system.
Injured workers share their stories, revealing the real-life impact of rollbacks that have been spreading across the country.
Concern over possible misuse of a 2012 workers’ comp law has led to warnings from state labor officials. A state senate committee will hold a hearing on the law Wednesday.
Insurance Information Institute challenges ProPublica/NPR’s workers’ comp investigation. Here’s our response.
A top labor official in California challenges our characterization of changes to the state’s workers’ comp system. His department will audit a case spotlighted by us.
Michael Grabell on how the project began, and how many legislators don’t understand the ways rollbacks hurt workers.
Separate investigations into changes in the workers’ compensation system nationwide found that cutbacks were hurting injured workers and their families.
How ProPublica gathered and analyzed state workers’ compensation laws to find out the maximum each states pays per limb.
Each state determines its own workers’ compensation benefits, which means workers in adjoining states can end up with dramatically different compensation for identical injuries.
Share your experience to help us dig deeper into workers’ comp in America.
Work Comp Roundup, Author Michael Stack – Category: Education
From Bob’s Cluttered Desk, Author Robert Wilson – Category: National Issues
Managed Care Matters, Author Joe Paduda – Category: Medical Management
DePaolo’s Work Comp World, Author David Depaolo – Category: National Issues
WorkersComp Insider, Authors Tom Lynch & Julie Ferguson – Category: National Issues
Workers’ Compensation by Gelman, Author Jon Gelman – Category: Legal
The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog, Author Jennifer Jordan – Category: MSA/Settlements
Conference Chronicles, Author Varied – Category: Education
Florida Workers’ Comp Adjudication, Author David Langham – Category: Legal
Work Safe, Texas, Author Varied – Category: Carrier
Franco Signor MSP Blog, Author Varied – Category: MSA/Settlements
Workers’ Comp Zone. Author Julius Young – Category: Legal
MedicareInsights Blog, Author Rafael Gonzalez – Category: MSA/Settlements
Alabama Workers’ Compensation Blawg, Author Varied – Category: Regional/State Specific
Evidence Based, Author Michael Gavin – Category: Medical Management
Mark Pew, Author Mark Pew – Category: Medical Management
Louisiana Comp Blog, Author Varied – Category: Regional/State Specific
Sedgwick Connection, Author Varied – Category: TPA
New Jersey Workers’ Comp Blog, Author John Geaney – Category: Regional/State Specific
The Return to Work Blog, Author Varied – Category: Carrier
Simply Work Comp, Author Varied – Category: Safety/Prevention
MEMIC Safety Net, Author Varied – Category: Safety/Prevention
TOP BLOGS FOR
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND WORKPLACE ISSUES
Injured Worker Blogs? Not so many…. the industry opinion goes like this:
“…Another area where we would hope to see improved outcomes in the future is the blog category of “Injured Workers”. While a few were nominated in that category this year, none made the final cut….”
Another industry opinion goes like this: ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY
Here are some WorkComp oriented vlogs…..
Shucks… well, here are the stats on one Injured Worker’s blog…
Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains – for what it’s worth…
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW – BYOB
BYOB – BRING YOUR OWN BLOG
Your continued referrals are welcome, Subscribe to stay current! #OccupyWorkComp Reach to date is over 35,000! Hooray for us! BYOB BYOB BYOB
LET’S GET THE REAL NATIONAL WORKCOMP DISCUSSIONS STARTED. WITHOUT VOICES OF INJURED WORKERS, it’s all just smoke and mirrors, isn’t it?
Use the questions to start YOUR OWN BLOG — and to submit stories to “industry bloggers” as a “guest blogger” and stay on point!
WORK COMP SURVIVAL AND VIRTUAL COMBAT SKILLS – eCourse
#OccupyWorkComp #OccupyVirtually and for goodness sake, #DodgeTheRads! It’s dangerous out there!
“The reason you draw the reactions from these folks is 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, which you have done for the past several years, does nothing to further the conversation, offers no solutions, provides no road map.”
…It simply is not enough to complain. Everyone has a complaint. A complaint without a solution is bulls**t. You may as well just dig a hole and hide because no one is going to pay attention.
Everyone knows that bad sh*t 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? …. Anonymous Industry Mouthpiece
The contempt and disdain that masks the dangers to Injured Workers by the industry profiteers is undeniable and sounds pretty darn dangerous, doesn’t it?
They ‘might be right.’
Watch for future issues of MyWorkCompCoach.com for strategies on how to deal with such interactions. Remember remember Ghandi…
‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then…YOUR BLOG POSTS GO VIRAL!’ – or something like that, huh? xooxoxo
I want to find a way to propose solutions to help Injured Workers escape the WC System with their lives. The laws are unenforced and meaningless.
I have a collection of Injured Worker stories, most of whom prefer to be Anonymous. Watch for them. They include, but are not limited to, in progress tragedies apparently caused by Sedgwick and others. Most have poor-to-no legal representation, advocacy, medical care or benefits. Yes, in America! An AMERICAN DIRTY OPEN SECRET.
Too many lawyers just make stuff up to protect profits by any means necessary. The US Constitution is mocked by the WorkCompsters, and far worse, they get away with it. You don’t look. You don’t care. Till you’re stuck in the box car, heading for the death camps of WorkComp. Enough is enough.
It will require teams of mediators and structured settlement people. Would you find that of any interest? Start with a plan to release all POW’s who have been in the WorkComp System 4 or more years…..within 12 months, with the help and supervision of the National Guard.
It requires “arming ” Injured Workers with the ability to blog and share their stories, heinous as most of them are.
I am also in the process creating a course for Injured Workers to empower them with Work Comp Survival and Virtual Combat Skills! Watch for it!
I am wondering about the possibilities of a collaborative effort and ezine and possible Tele summit to unite voice of any good people in Workers Compensation with victims of WorkComp to lead legitimate national discussions “Of the People, By the People and For the People.”
I am one voice speaking on behalf of Injured Workers. There are a few of us.
Canadians and Australians seem more vocal about the same class atrocities. Perhaps they don’t fear their governments like so many American’s do? Has our Constitution become so meaningless that an entire industry can profit by destroying a segment of the Working Class? ‘When they come for you, there will be no one left to speak for you…’
Most injured workers are too terrified of the WorkCompsters and their legislated fraud and surveillance and threats, compounding denied medical care and benefits. Doesn’t that truth make you shake your head and want to shout, “NOT IN THIS COUNTRY!!!”
The Injured Worker stories are the same — minor differences are names, body parts, and case numbers. The outcomes are much the same too…with degrees of further maligned health, income and job losses, botched surgeries, risk/cost shifts to taxpayers via Social Security and prison systems, ETC.
Some experts insist that the best injured workers can hope for in America is social security disability and an early death. Really, some industry investigative reporting from the dark side, huh?
Others suggest that the best American’s can hope for is a program to provide ‘food for the poor injured workers’ rather than LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR MEDICAL CARE AND BENEFITS, indictments from criminal conduct of the WorkCompsters, and the protection by the National Guard for extreme CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN EVERY STATE IN THE UNION.
Congress didn’t offer assistance with food banks for poor tortured and abused Injured Workers. Here’s the October 2015 letter where the ten signers clearly offer assistance, that could indeed come in the deployment of the National Guard, since State agencies also fail injured workers, nationally.
“….and whether added authorities are needed to better ensure that the interests of injured workers and taxpayers are protected.”
We say, keep your bags of surplus food out of the legal functioning of WorkComp…ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT INJURED WORKERS, AND INDICT THE OFFENDERS THAT READILY COMMIT FRAUD WITH INTENT TO DENY MEDICAL CARE, AND WORSE.
If the laws are unenforceable, then there is no choice but to immediately demolish the workers compensation systems and commence trials for the crimes being committed against every Injured Worker in America, and taxpayers, and employers and legitimate service providers. You could be their next victim.
I am a work comp survivor, who was extremely unsuccessful in finding competent legal counsel. Nevertheless, in pro per, ‘the parties reached resolution, subject to confidentiality agreement.” #BloggersSurviveWorkComp
Doctor and Lawyer pals advised to “get out of the workers comp system by any means necessary; it will kill you.” Some later said that in their entire careers, they never saw anybody fight so hard to survive WorkComp.
One such ‘fan’ suggested that I create a ‘coaching program.’ From that simple encouragement, I began working on a new blog, MyWorkCompCoach.com and an eCourse, Surviving Work Comp and Virtual Combat Skills on Teachable.
Personal ‘rebranding’ post-WorkComp is difficult when hearing fresh horror stories, while being continuously assaulted by industry trolls and their ilk. It can, however, be accomplished, with a little help from our friends.
I have been a strong advocate for the CompLaude Awards 2014-2015 and I used my resources to also share in the social media communities about the recent 2016 best blogs contest.
A search of the website, AskAboutWorkersCompGravyTrains.com results in pages of and pages of posts about the Comp Laude event. Ditto for the ‘Best Blogs’ event. Call it ‘drivel’ if they will. Sticks and Stones…..
We also shared news of the Sedgwick Institute Linked in group, for what it’s worth, after reading weeks before of the mega-funded SEDGWICK INSTITUTE, allegedly established to investigate the ‘issues’ of WorkComp. Search my blogs for further info. Google it.
I blog extensively, to the best of my abilities, as I recover from Worker’s Compensation and brain injury. My anti-nuclear efforts have suffered tremendously due to WorkComp battles, but it has helped to see the parallels between the ‘PROFITS BEFORE LIVES’ nuclear and insurance industries, and the ‘swaths’ of 21st Century Sonderkommando.
I live near Joshua Tree National Park in California, USA. I am much nicer than I may appear in my blogs, and while my ability to speak is still impaired and challenging, I can speak but written communications are much easier for me, post-injury. If you have a story to share, send it to me. We Are The Media Now.
Please let me know if you think there might be mutual benefit in a discussion. I have several projects on the table and it seems that the industry has amped up their propaganda blitz in a feeble effort to neutralize or mitigate the truths exposed in the 2015 Insult to Injury / Demolition of Worker’s Compensation series.
“Injured Workers without a blog are Unarmed and Unprotected In The WarOnWorkers! #WoW”
Here are the industry’s picks of the Best Blogs of 2016. Note the absence of Injured Worker Representation.
They all seem tasked with a propaganda launch to attempt to mitigate the truths exposed in 2015 by ProPublica and NPR efforts that just exposed the tip of the iceberg. They are apparently having a ‘secret’ national discussion in May…. we’ll see what comes of that, won’t we. So far, not so good in the open-ness and transparency arenas. Attacks on Injured Workers seem to be escalating, and tales of WC Nurses posing as employees at doctors offices have been reported to be threatening, intimidating and terrorizing injured workers at doctor’s appointments. SMH…. thinking, ‘NOT IN THIS COUNTRY!!’
Share the link. We’ll create another directory with Injured Worker reviews of the accuracy of their content, in due course.
Follow them all, and search their sites to see which ones actually bother to report on WorkComp Fraud legitimately…. the carriers seem to have the most indictments, and employees weigh in at less than 1%. Follow that money trail.
JOIN IN THE DISCUSSIONS ON LINKEDIN.… and tell your friends and neighbors; your governments already know.
You might also peruse these blogs for some potentially inspiring thoughts for actions…. “It takes a village.”
“I BLOG, THEREFORE I AM A WORKCOMP SURVIVOR. BE ONE , TOO.”
–It’s a simple questionnaire; remember, once we know you’re in WorkComp, WE KNOW ALL THE DETAILS OF YOUR STORY. IT’S AN OPEN SECRET.
Remember Remember that All Nuclear Reactor Leak All of the Time and that radiation poisoning compromises the immune system.
‘Pray for the Dead and Dying, Fight Like Hell for The Living, #DodgeTheRads and #OccupyVirtually
WHAT ACTIONS CAN YOU TAKE TODAY?
Civil Rights & Human Rights Advocates:
PEOPLE OF GOODWILL:
FOLLOW THE BLOG AT MY WORKCOMP COACH and ADD TO IT!
WATCH FOR INJURED WORKER STORIES FROM THE WORKCOMP COUCH!
….it’s dangerous out there!
Journalists in Legal Services, Law Practices, Hospitality and Insurance; Lawyer/Judges; Salespeople; Business Owners viewing what one #InjuredWorker has to say about #WorkComp? Thank you!
Remember Remember: All #Nuclear Reactors Leak All of the Time.
ASK ABOUT NRC VENTING THESE DAYS….
Curious, no doctors? Attorneys out there, do us all a favor…..
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See also: ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS NOW