I would like to update this since not all are on Facebook. Today I accepted a full time position at my PRN hospital job. I am very happy. The best part of it : I will be able to add us all on my insurance in 90 days. I also will be able to go back to my part time job on my days off. This means a lot to us. Everyone needs insurance especially with two teens.
Randy still has not heard anything from the lawsuit against Workers Comp. I guess that could be a good thing. Hopefully in the next 2 months. The struggle here is real but all we can do is hope and pray. I told Randy that my wish has come true. Now it’s his turn. Please continue to pray because I know it helps!!! PERSONALLY!!! Thank you all!
Congratulations! That sounds like a big blessing! Thank you for sharing your good news!
Continue to expect and rely upon all good things coming. Help Randy set up a blog.
A social media strategy is imperative in surviving workcomp. The recent ProPublica and NPR investigative reports, about the state of Workers’ Compensation in America, and the Secretary of Labor quotes seem to have the WC industry in another tizzy.
Don’t delete any of it…. until you have a signed and Court approved fair and reasonable settlement. Start a blog.
Do a google search, “What’s YOUR Work Comp Story” … you’ll see you are truly not alone…. and it is just one fight…. FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS.
Just today an industry expert wrote this to me….. read it carefully…. it will help you and yours understand exactly what you and all American Workers are up against…. .
“Linda while you are obviously well intentioned, your perspective is distorted. The vast majority of workers comp patients are treated fairly and well. A few are not. Your efforts and PP’s denigrate and insult the hard work and diligence of many very good people in the workers comp industry.”
ANOTHER DIATRIBE VIA WORKCOMP CENTRAL…supporting such notions?
First, my take on the malicious organized personal attacks by certain members of the Workers Compensation community, then the threads, FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH.
Hint: ‘Smiling Silent Injured Workers do NOT get medical care, competent legal representations and benefits either.’ It’s all about the money.
That notion and disinformation to smile and be quiet to get medical care or charitable supplies is pure insurance industry disinformation/propaganda, IN ORDER TO PROTECT PROFITS BEFORE LIVES, touched with sexist thoughts (akin to the cycle of domestic violence) that women should be seen and not heard, unless they toe the company line, then they may speak, as scripted only.
by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR, Oct. 21, 2015, 5 a.m.
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.
The pockets of ProPublica and NPR are apparently too deep for organizations like WorkComp Central and WorkersCompensation.com and their ilk to do battle with — so the WC boyz want to continuously attack one of the very few Injured Worker Survivors who blogs in order to help her fellow Americans, despite a brain injury? Really?
These are the THOUGHT INFLUENCERS, attacking and disparaging injured workers/workcomp survivors are shaping public opinion on what’s desperately wrong with the epic fail and shell game of Workers Compensation????????? REALLY? C’mon, Americans are not that stupid, are we?
So much for the National Discussions on Workers Exterminations, huh? How are the “Secret Discussions” coming along in the Heartland? D’oh.
FOLLOW THE MONEY, ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY.
Hint: You won’t find it near the Injured Workers of America, Canada or Australia.
The first diatribe was from David DePaolo himself, first as an email (which was ignored) and then it was embellished and became a blog called ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY. It’s not David’s best work or shot, it’s fraught with sexist innuendo and but the comments from Injured Workers will be enlightening to all who read them.
The structure and content is not David’s typical nearly perfect delivery with concrete, critical thinking. In fact, it hardly looks like his writing at all. Was there duress that caused such an attack, seemingly organized to do even more harm? Who knows. Maybe too much time in the air, in the rads. He knows about Wigner effect, etc. He’s a pilot. He has to know.
Injured Workers ask me why David is attacking me, and inciting further attacks. All I can say is, “‘I dunno and don’t care. The behavior sure seems like that of a psychopath.’
Others chime in that they are just trying to silence me. I’m just trying to help discover and implement some win/win/win resolutions that allow Injured Workers to survive, escape WorkComp, get medical care and get on with their lives.
Many Injured Workers want to see incarcerations for the criminal conduct they have been subjected to. A nice compromise is, upon swift resolution of all cases over 4 years old, for starters, wishing the criminal elements of Workers Compensation very interesting lives in the great outdoors, and no reminders to #DodgeTheRads.
I thought David respected the Constitution, particularly the First Amendment, even if the Fourteenth Amendment means little to him and his. I guess I was wrong there, too.
Rosemary, author of the most recent diatribe below, facilitates, among other things, bags of food for poor, impoverished, injured and disabled Workers in Australia who have been abused and tortured by a similar WorkComp system that is allowed to operate without fear or caution, maiming and killing as they go. Apparently she has been providing basics for Injured Workers for nearly 20 years.
David DePaolo seems mad at me because I am not interested in promoting ‘bags of surplus food’ to America’s injured workers. It could be something else. I used to work for an attorney who always said, “REMEMBER, PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THE WRONGS THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU.”
Organizations already exist that help Injured American Workers abused, tortured, impoverished by the scofflaws of the WorkComp systems. The Salvation Army is one such organization that helps injured workers keep heat and power, and they also have food banks.
I SAY, DAVID AND PALS, YOU’RE IN THE LEGAL WORLD. WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU ATTEMPT TO FUND AN ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE FOOD TO AMERICANS IMPOVERISHED BY THE EPIC FAIL OF THE DESTRUCTIVE, DEBILITATING AND LETHAL SYSTEM OF WORKERS COMPENSATION INSTEAD OF DEMANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT?!!
I received a call from a LinkedIn member who alleged he wanted to help empower me to advocate for Injured Workers. I accepted the phone call. He wanted to talk to me about creating a local food bank.
I politely told him to go to hell, because we have a BILL OF RIGHTS AND A CONSTITUTION IN THE COUNTRY, and if States refuse to protect injured workers and citizens, Congress has offered to send in law enforcement. WE NEED A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION, NOT BAGS OF SURPLUS GMO FOOD.
Effects must surely be addressed, and I too, had episodes of no money where I had to rely on charity because of Workers Compensation, and it was a very humbling and frightening experiences, compounded by a brain injury. I have always been about addressing causes, knowing full well that in so doing, EFFECTS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.
If the crises of hyper-corruption that facilitates the impoverishment and egregious harm of America’s injured workers is eliminated, food banks for that population will become unnecessary, along with advocacy and legal aid and all public assistance.
SIMPLE – DEMAND THAT THE INSURANCE CARRIERS FULFILL THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE, REASONABLE AND APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE, WITH RETURN TO WORK PREPARATORY ACTIONS, and stop torturing and abusing injured workers. STOP WITH THE LIES THAT WORKCOMP CASES GONE WRONG ARE THE EXCEPTION — DEMAND THE COMPLETE DEMOLITION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION AND HOLD THE ‘BAD ACTORS’ ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE RAMPANT LEGAL CHICANERY AND UNLAWFUL CONDUCT.
HOW ABOUT TAKING SOME LEGAL ACTION TO SEE THAT LAWS ARE ENFORCED, FRAUD IS PROSECUTED, INJURED WORKERS ARE PROVIDED WITH MEDICAL CARE AND OTHER BENEFITS IN ORDER TO RETURN TO WORK.
WHY DON’T YOU JOIN US IN ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO PUT A CAP ON HOW LONG A FILE CAN BE CHURNED IN WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW FIRMS??
IF TEMPORARY TOTAL DISABILITY PAYMENTS CEASE AT 2 YEARS, THEN SUFFICIENT MEDICAL CARE SHOULD BE DELIVERED WITHIN THE TWO YEARS TO FACILITATE RETURN TO WORK.
IF IT IS NOT, THEN THE CASE SHOULD BE MEDIATED WITH STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT AND RESOLVED. THE CURRENT INCENTIVES TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE AND CLOSURE DO NOT EXIST FOR THE EMPLOYERS OR CARRIERS.
IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO DENY MEDICAL CARE AND HOPE AN INJURED AMERICAN DIES BEFORE A JUDGE CAN ORDER MEDICAL CARE.
What Difference Does it Make in America? Incapacitation Benefits or Disability Benefits Denied in the WarOnWorkers #WoW
….causing incalculable human suffering, poverty and premature death….. Doesn’t that make you want to rise up and scream:
NOT IN THIS COUNTRY,
PS WarCrimes in Progress in America…. the rest of the world knows we are being gassed. Demand WarCrime Trials… BE INFORMED NOT JUST OPINIONATED. ASK who authorized shut down of so many EPA Monitors across USA…. AND WHY!
Public and Private discussions between the #WorkComp Communities and Injured Workers are failing miserably. Let’s see what the ‘May Secret National Discussions’ produce in the area of problem identifications and proposed solutions.
Refer to Insult to Injury: The Demolition of Workers Compensation for already identified national problems. See also the letter from Congress of October 2015 offering to send in law enforcement to protected injured workers and taxpayers from the problems and people already exposed.
Despite multiple blogs, LinkedIn posts, Tweets and Facebook posts sharing about the Sedgwick Institute Linked Group by one Injured Worker, it seems they are unable or unwilling to grow the group, or that the Industry greatly fears the Sedgwick ‘giants’ and are afraid to join and speak up. Too bad how sad, and what a surprise. It seems to be a well funded Institute, and they seem stuck on thinking Opioid Training and Dope Distribution channels are the only WorkComp topic worthy of discussion. Yikes, huh?
Several national discussion topics were bullet pointed and submitted for group and individual discussion….. all pooo-poooed as ‘injured worker drivel’ and ‘complaints’ without merit. My My……… Draw your own conclusions….. see the initial post submitted to the group, and the only response was some pretty mean and shocking and disappointing email attacks, along with basic shunning.
VIA ANOTHER THREAD… MISSED OPPORTUNITIES… GOSH DARN. What’s next, huh?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND? Good. Then remember remember that:
“An Injured worker without a blog is UNARMED AND UNPROTECTED IN THE AMERICAN WAR ON WORKERS”….#Wow!
See what the industry ‘Best Bloggers of 2016’ have to say on the Communications Breakdown, and what PROBLEMS THEY IDENTIFY, AND WHAT SOLUTIONS THEY OFFER?
Follow these blogs…. comment freely…. Let’s hope they know that problems must identified before they can be resolved…. Anything less appears to be legal chicanery and how do they label it…. yeah, “B*LLSH*T”
It can be used as a study piece that this community of thought leaders may find some new perspectives and identification of issues requiring solutions and resolutions.
Professional friends, upon learning of my workplace injuries, advised ‘get out of work comp by any means necessary, it will kill you!’ Later, some of the same people, and new professionals, said they had never seen anyone fight so hard for life and exit from the system. Believe it or not, a warm and somewhat fuzzy best wishes letter even arrived from the defense.
I am currently collecting stories from other Injured Workers in hopes to present issues for the “National Discussions” that appear to be in progress.
Many of us are extremely grateful for the stellar reporting of the investigative reporters that provided America with the information in The Demolition of Workers Compensation, that may serve to save more lives. Many of us hope for an encore. I personally hope that investigative reporters will be invited into this group, and encouraged to participate and demolish the existing systems, and replace them with ones that reflect values of life, liberty, and justice for all.
I seem to ‘scare’ some people with some of my out-of-the-box ideas, but over the course of my career, prior to the workplace injury, I had also supported some very powerful captains of industry. Thinking small is not second nature to me.
I will watch and read, and practice some restraint in this group, seeing it as a huge opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of not only Injured Workers, but in the lives of providers & workers on the ‘short-end-of-the-work-comp-stick.’
Here, read about Nuclear War Crimes in Progress, and a call for War Crime Trials.