#LaborDay WorkCompster Challenge: HELP RESOLVE AND SETTLE 100 OR MORE CASES BY 12/31/16. Create a model for success. You can do it.

FACEBOOK SEARCH RESULTS Injured Workers – Groups Injured Workers – Events Injured Workers – Pages Injured Workers – Videos Work Comp  – Groups Work Comp – Events Work Comp – Pages Workers compensat…

Source: #LaborDay WorkCompster Challenge: HELP RESOLVE AND SETTLE 100 OR MORE CASES BY 12/31/16. Create a model for success. You can do it.





Workers’ Compensation SOBs and Global WOE from Australia Canada and USA

WORKERS’ Compensation is a HUGE PROBLEM in USA, Canada, UK, Australia & beyond.. The Australians are somewhat organized…. Canadian are vocal…. Americans……not so much.

So many sad, SOB stories in Workers Compensation, that non-injured people so often fail to believe, huh?


It’s time for Injured Workers Uniting – Silent No More because SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG WITH WORKERS’ COMPENSATION, ISN’T IT?

The Woman In The Room – The Reality of Being a Change Agent – by Professional Change Agent -” http://thewomanintheroom.com/2016/08/02/the-reality-of-being-a-change-agent/

“The world needs women who understand their value, who empower themselves to bring companies, governments and organizations back to their correct balance so they can achieve greatness.” – Dot


What is the Injured Workers Support Network? Your Questions Answered

This week the main question asked was “What is the Injured Workers Support Network?”





IDWA-USA Injured Disabled Workers Associations – USA


IDWA-USA Injured Disabled Workers Associations – USA is an idea whose time has come.  Join in the vision of INJURED DISABLED WORKERS ASSOCIATIONS across the USA to include every State, and around the globe

Coming soon, something like:

IDWA-AU Injured Disabled Workers Associations – Australia

IDWA – CANADA – Injured Disabled Workers Associations – Canada

IDWA – Injured Disabled Workers Association – UK

IDWA – Injured Disabled Workers Association – Singapore

Joining in creating a global effort… one group, one page, one post, one blog, one email, one phone call, one action at a time…

Any time, anywhere and Injured Worker reaches out for help, I want the hand of IDWA to be there, and for that, I am responsible.


Here’s the Australia website…. INJURED WORKERS SUPPORT NETWORK AUSTRALIA http://www.injuredworkerssupport.org.au/

Contact info is at the end of the brief video… I’ll do what I can to reach out to Rowmen. Perhaps you will, too?

They even invite Injured Worker stories, and probably don’t have nasty ol’ trolls trying to stop them from helping, by threatening “legal action.”

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Sidebar: The editor I thought would be able to help ME get YOUR stories properly edited and formatted and ready for ebook didn’t work out. I think the topic of what’s happening is too harsh.  “Next!”     We may just put it together and e-publish on Create Space and call it ” SURVIVING WORKERS COMPENSATION – Draft 1″  😀

cognitive dissonance


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In the USA we have NAIDW.org – a great online resource. Give Jon A. Arbay a shout-out and see if they need any volunteers to help with anything and everything… Maybe Jon will address this group in a FB Note or blog and tell us how we can support them supporting American Injured Workers.

Here’s their FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/naidw/ 😀

I think he’s still here in this group too, unless we ran him off.


Who will find out about a similar group in Canada and bring the info back to this group?

On FB there is Injured Workers Fighting WSIB but it says it’s a ‘government organization’… ?? https://www.facebook.com/ONIWGNETWORK/

Here is their Google+ site on WSIB Corruption? https://plus.google.com/communities/107513170697707197393


If you are a part of these organizations, please check with your members and bring a post here to this group, identify what sort of help you need, and we’ll see what we can do.

I reached out to some other virtual groups recently; we’ll see how they respond… I’m pretty hopeful that once they grasp the atrocities being committed, they will want to lend a hand.

If any of you have made any progress with establishing your own blog, let me know. Send me the link with WORKCOMP BLOG somewhere in the subject line at WorkCompLinda@gmail.com and start building your email list.

We need “units of service in every state—people to people.” I would imagine the same is required in Canada… province to province?

FB is not enough….

In USA, Injured Workers did not fight against a known industry Workers’ Compensation propaganda blitz that was told about in February, and launched in May, publicly, on their blogs.

If you don’t follow industry blogs, and don’t have your own blog, well, you know the ol’ saying… WITHOUT A BLOG….. INJURED WORKERS ARE UNARMED AND UNPROTECTED AND SOL.


Anybody there with an interest in saving lives from the WorkComp extermination machinery with some extra blogging etc…#OccupyVirtually….. as if lives depend on it??

There is one active Injured Worker blogger in the USA, to the best of my knowledge. The US Work Comp industry has 22 bloggers shaping public opinion with massive amounts of disinformation.

There are a handful of Injured Worker’s with Facebook pages and groups. A couple posters on LinkedIn. Any other BLOGGERS you have discovered?

My 2 WorkComp blogs:

AskAboutWorkersCompGravyTrains.com/list-of-posts/ since 2013



I am working on assembling some anonymous injured worker stories (for the protection of the injured workers from retaliation) and I’m working on creating an eCourse to illustrate how to escape the system and regain/reclaim civil and human rights.

Too many injured Workers our “dying on their knees”

The Australians in the above video seem to have a model that works. Any thoughts?

MESSAGE me or mail at WorkCompLinda@gmail.com if you have ideas to share? Thanks! Linda



PS. #DodgeTheRads! It’s dangerous out there!

ps What do RADS have to do with Workers’ Compensation, you may opine??!!  Think about compromised immune systems, for starters.  Google search YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK.  Take all necessary precautions.   After Fukushima triple nuclear meltdowns in March 2011, many Australians believed the nuclear industry propaganda that they were ‘safe’ in the Southern Hemisphere… that was partially true…for a few weeks.  That was a long time ago, and the internet has been seriously ‘scrubbed’ so you don’t have to fret too much about those harsh realities either.  Just sayin…


If you skipped physics, just ponder on ‘COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS’ AND HEART ATTACKS … and then cancers and worse… massives die-offs of smaller species are in progress, and who doesn’t know someone who has suddenly and mysteriously and puzzlingling ‘dropped dead’?

Your Radiation This Week #6 | Veterans Today

#DodgeTheRads  – Bob Nichols Said WHAT Else?

MyWorkCompCoach.com – WE ALL HAVE A STORY TO TELL!

So, #Blog and #DodgeTheRads… and think of how you can help your neighbors….whether you are an ol’ timer in WorkComp, a Newbie, or got out and came back to the battle fields to help the Hostages escape…. only the ones willing and able to escape. Stockholm Syndrome survivors will have follow…

#OccupyVirtually – #OccupyWorkComp


What’s a Brain Injured Worker to Do When Social Security Disability is an EPIC FAIL?

Ok, it’s time check in with Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin since local Congressional and State Senate representatives are unable to cut thru the SSA BS, obfuscation of facts and misrepresentations and WorkComp and State disability issues. WISH ME LUCK! MADDER THAN HELL.

One doc suggested it’s ‘the same war, different battlefield’ for Injured Workers! Thanks, #WorkCompsters. Maybe The Ten Congressional Representatives concerned about Injured and Disabled Workers & Taxpayers will demand a Civil Rights Commission effort. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Watch for Blogs!

From LinkedIn:

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  • Linda Ayres

    It appears that the #SSA is committed to communications, and to social media. https://www.ssa.gov/socialmedia/

    Let’s hope Acting Commissioner Colvin can get to the bottom of the issues. CA offices refuse to correct their errors.

    Since May 2015 failed efforts to obtain accurate calculations of ‘retroactive’ benefits show local & state offices have been unable/unwilling to deal with facts, reflective of leaving more than one injured worker to fight further litigation because ‘somebody didn’t do their job’ when ‘somebody got hurt at work.’

    How to address ongoing wildly fluctuating calculations from an SSA retro pay award of $25,591.00 to subsequent overpayment reimbursement demands of $27,078, $25,578, $11,767, $9,964.10, $5,555.10, $22,869.10, $21,066.20, $22,869.10 –WITHOUT ANY CHANGE OF FACTS–PLEASE ADVISE.

    Not even Congress can get a straight answer?  Rather than elevate the case file to someone with basic math skills, SSA wants to waste more time and cause more aggravation and litigation via their process…of which their field offices are sadly in complete confusion about, and spread nothing but misinformation, albeit compassionately.

    How many appeal levels are there?

    Generally, there are four levels of appeal.

    They are:

    Reconsideration;      – There have been 11 of ‘these’

    Hearing by an administrative law judge; – In December 2015, local SSA office advised that appeals had been exhausted and Hearing was the next option and would take place sometime after January 2017; Hearing papers filed at the office, apparently incorrectly; 6 ‘reconsideration’ events took place after December 2015… with wildly fluctuating results, interruptions of benefits, corrections of misinformation, etc.

    In 2014 and 2015, the assistance of State Senator Jean Fuller was requested regarding WorkComp, EDD and SSA matters.

    Hearing papers were filed again, with copies to Congressman Cook’s office, in June 2016, wherein his office advised the case is now closed, even though they never were able to get the repeatedly requested accurate accounting of the alleged actual income from WC and EDD being used by SSA to falsely and incorrectly miscalculate, ignoring all evidence of actual income repeatedly provided.

    The issues of the $43,000 in medical expenses incurred by the Injured Worker/Disable Party, requested by the SSA Judge, were still not considered, nor were the Compromise and Release documents—DESPITE CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION AND INVESTIGATION.

    I was later advised that the Honorable Congressman is not a part of the SSA Congressional Committee, and they could do nothing more for me. They exacerbated the problems, and got no closer to the truth.

    Hence, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ranking Member, Social Security, Pension and Family Policy Subcommittee – Senate Finance committee, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Social Security, House Ways and Means Committee, Sen. Al Franken, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety – Senate HELP Committee, and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures – House Education and the Workforce Committees will also be copied on the letter to Acting Commissioner

    Review by the Appeals Council; and

    Federal Court review…

    Actual income provided by WC and State Disability is blatantly disregarded by SSA Staff, repeatedly. Congressman’s office shrugs and said, ‘get a lawyer’ and if you can’t afford one, go to ‘legal aid’ Really?!



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  • Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin,
    Acting Commissioner
    Social Security Administration
    Nominee for Commissioner
    Before the Senate Finance Committee
    Social Security Testimony Before Congress

    July 31, 2014

    “…As Acting Commissioner, I have focused on providing the public responsive customer service; demonstrating good stewardship by providing the American taxpayer the maximum value for the resources entrusted to us; and employing every available means to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, and to prosecute those responsible when it does…”

    …Program Integrity

    “I am committed to protecting SSA’s programs from waste, fraud, and abuse. When I appeared before this Committee for my confirmation as Deputy Commissioner in 2010, I asked to serve as SSA’s Accountable Official for Improper Payments, and I am grateful to have held that role since I returned to SSA. In this capacity, I have provided executive oversight of our program integrity activities and pushed for the development of new and innovative ways to prevent, detect, and recover improper payments….”

    “…As I indicated earlier, I am committed to fighting waste, fraud, and abuse and have significantly expanded efforts at the agency to do so. I am equally committed to ensuring that the people who come to us in tremendous need receive the benefits for which they are eligible as quickly as possible. If confirmed, I will continue to ensure that we balance timely, high quality service with our program integrity responsibilities….”


What’s a #Brain Injured Worker to Do When Social Security Disability is an EPIC FAIL?

– PLEASE STAND BY — Time for Social Security Disability improprieties to be included in the Workers’ Compensation National Discussions, isn’t it?

If you have experience getting to accurate calculations with SSA, please share how you did it! Thanks! 😀 Where are the Investigative Journalists on this issue? It’s a common one.

Injured Workers call it SSA “Magic Math.” What do lawyers call it?


A letter to Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, with full evidence, is being prepared now, and the Ten Congressional Representatives who signed the October 2015 WorkComp letter are being copied. Enough is Enough.

     Congress on WorkComp 10 2015 - WE BELIEVE 1

Congressional letter signers 10 2015 2

If local SSA offices are unable/unwilling to do their jobs, somebody needs to look deeper.

Anybody have competency and ethical issues with Social Security offices that cause harm and further threats of further harm and litigation because SSA staff refuses to deal with facts, feigns losses of submitted documents, and obfuscates and misrepresents matters, all to the apparent benefit of the insurance industries and loss to SSA, Injured Workers and Taxpayers?

Wow … is that how Social Security Disability is supposed to work?

Did you hear about the LTD carrier that threatened lawsuit for ‘repayment’ based on false SSA numbers, and said ‘THE COURTS ROUTINELY FIND IN OUR FAVOR’…

Really? Ewwww. Alrighty, we’ll see what America thinks!

Congressman’s office shrugged at it’s failure to get the facts via “Congressional Investigation”, and instead accepted some bogus irrelevant numbers on a page as good ’nuff, and suggested hiring an attorney or going to legal aid…’case closed’…. Be sure to vote!

Why does an injured worker have to hire legal counsel when Social Security Admin fails? Or, jump through hoops for years all the way to “Federal Court Review”??!! They can’t get the same number twice…for over a year…and it took how many years for them to believe a brain injury is a disability?!!!

How to address ongoing wildly fluctuating calculations from an SSA retro pay award of $25,591.00 to subsequent overpayment reimbursements demands of $27,078, $25,578, $11,767, $9,964.10, $5,555.10, $22,869.10, $21,066.20, $22,869.10 –WITHOUT ANY CHANGE OF FACTS–PLEASE ADVISE.

Because of these false calculations, the Long Term Disability insurance carrier is demanding approximately $22,000 in overpayment reimbursements, based on the initial $25,591.00, all based on false allegations, apparently, that somebody with my name received and continues to receive $4,177.30 monthly disability payments….  Would the Salvation Army have been called upon for utility and food assistance if that income was being received in rural America?

Such income is contrary to reality and to evidence provided regarding actual income, repeatedly, so it can only be assumed that SSA is just making it up.  This is not totally implausible, as the initial $25,591 ‘retro-pay’ award was sent by SSA to a bank account that had been closed over a year, and not to the account that early retirement monies had been direct deposited to since June 2014, which required intervention by the Treasury Department.  SSA has also falsely reported numbers to the IRS on 1099 form, that conflict with even their statements.

It does make one wonder if they ever sorted out the issues of SSA paying Nazi War Criminals milllions and millions of dollars in a big ‘ooops’ operation.

social security pays nazis

Injured Workers call these common practices “MAGIC MATH” — What would the DOJ call it?



4 out of 3 people struggle with math - and there are 1946 known lethal isotopes -- DODGE THE RADS

That doesn’t even take into account $43,000 of medical receipts the SSA Judge asked for, nor the C & R. D’oh. Those documents must still be in the ‘too hard/too complicated’ pile.

There is no competency or drug testing at SSA? The volume of letters from there are…. pathetic and incoherent… with reference also to ‘corkers compensation’ and a host of other strange words. Mis-information provided by local SSA office is the only constant.

Smacks of abuse, doesn’t it? Or would that be collusion?


Just when one thinks the fighting is over, here comes another Hydra. Yech.

If you have any ideas, or want to include some info in YOUR blog, reach out. WorkCompLinda@gmail.com

Maybe some of the real Investigative Journalists and/or  “Workers’ Compensation Top Bloggers” are concerned about what happens during and after WorkComp as it relates to Social Security Disability, AARP, and more?

Watch these blogs….see who’s telling the truth, and who’s just a mouth piece for an industry that takes and takes and takes from you, from me, from America….. Here’s a list from 2012.. LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues – 2012 Honorees It’s pretty much the same crowd of industry  ‘selected’  Best Blogs 2016…

Edward-Bernays-2 Edward Bernays WorkComp practices too

For Injured Workers who blog in America, there is one blogger,  with two active blogs… Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains and MyWorkCompCoach.com

math-stick-people beta or gamma - which have they convinced you are safe as bananas LUCY OCCUPY ASKS

There are a few Injured Workers, some with close links to the industry, that post a lot on LinkedIn, Google Circles, and Facebook…. DO THE MATH.

The Canadians and Australians are loud in attempts via vlogs and blogs and protests to hold their governments accountable for heinous crimes under the banner of Workers Compensation.

First they came for…

In America, not so much…YET.

AAWCGT STATS 7 25 2016 12 12 PDT

We hope to have a solution to share in MyWorkCompCoach.com — soon enough….. to spare other injured workers the same financial terrorism and torture that interferes with any hope of rehabilitation… It’s gross negligence or worse!

#DodgeTheRads, too….That’s PHYSICS!

Best, L

Linda Ayres


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If there are more than 54 million Injured and Disabled American Workers and 8.9 million receive Social Security Disability… preview image

If there are more than 54 million Injured and Disabled American Workers and 8.9 million receive Social Security Disability…

What happens to the other 45.1 million? With thanks to encouragement by the Investigative Reporting by ProPublica and NPR in the series, Insult to Injury, The Demolition of Workers Compensation…

[Republican contender to the White House says 43 million Americans are on Food Stamps Programs?]

“Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”  – WARNING, HARSH LANGUAGE

Sophie Scholl and her pals were not bloggers…they produced a series of Leaflets to fight nazi terrorism, much like Injured Workers in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK and everywhere must do or face consequences. While some ol’ timers would have Injured Workers ‘wait for the feds to intervene’… just remember, you can’t fix stupid. For Injured Workers who blog in America, there is one with two blogs… https://lnkd.in/bXgBAvM and MyWorkCompCoach.com

#DodgeTheRads — It’s Dangerous Out There!



Can SEX EDUCATION Solve the Crises of Hyper-Corruption related to Workers Compensation?

“We go on and on and on about “costs” of this, that and the other thing.”

“Nobody talks about the costs that we create by our own stupidity, or selfishness – whichever is applicable in this instance.”      – DePaolo

something is terribly wrong with workers compensation isn't it

How do we, as a community, show the world that workers’ compensation can and does commit heinous crimes against injured workers and other taxpayers, as offensive as the War Crimes of Nazi Germany?

America’s workers compensation system includes butcher doctors and leased/owned doctors on direct referral in the “MPN” networks to maim and torture workers, directly or by false reports and or denials of medical care, by those with medical licenses that do not honor the oath to DO NO HARM.  Swaths of pockets of businesses see and use injured workers as their cash cows, and openly boast about it, in their mega billion dollar industries.

The spokes people for the industry attempt to find some little things they may do right, and poke fun at the disabled community members, even knowing that their industry ‘creates disabilities.’   Some of their mouthpieces call law enforcement demands by law abiding citizens ‘vociferous militancy’ and said-mouth-pieces continuously refuse to assume responsibility for the heinous actions for profits perpetuated by their industry.

Continued cover ups of the crimes ensures continued crimes.  NOTHING CHANGES WHEN NOTHING CHANGES.   INJURED WORKERS ARE NO LONGER SILENT.

Injured Workers – WHY NOT JUST PETITION? WHY BLOG? Workers Compensation National Discussion – Nearly 6,000 USA UPDATES

Did YOU read the petition with nearly 6,000 of Injured Workers across America?  It has not yet made it to the “Workers Compensation National Discussions”…  maybe by August, it will?

How should we respond collectively against propaganda spin press and encourage legitimate media relations? What will satisfy the victims as to the no-benefits, no decent medical care, cost-shifting and life destroying PROFITS BEFORE LIVES business models provided under any workers’ compensation system?”


Injured Workers   Mediation for negotiations and structured settlements



are you kidding me - national workers compensation discussion

“HOW DARE YOU” Are you F’ing Kidding Me?!?”

“Why on earth was this injured worker jerked around like that? What is the problem with IMMEDIATELY authorizing treatment that a non-work comp doctor poignantly prescribed? Why does it take so long to get “authorization” and why is authorization needed in the first place?”

“Complete and utter BS.”


“We should also be castigating those that engage in this kind of nonsense.”

“How about a little dignity? How about treating a PERSON like a PERSON? How about getting rid of these stupid, asinine rules that get in the way of good claims (heck – people) management?”



“Workers’ compensation has come under the public eye in a very negative way with: Michael Grabell’s ProPublica series highlighting the great disparity in benefits between states; OSHA’s report summarizing various studies about inequities in work comp and how benefits have been decimated, let alone failed to keep up with inflation; and other national media stories about inequities suffered by injured workers published by the Los Angeles Times, Texas Tribune, Boston Globe, NY Times, and others. The industry reacted defensively, further exacerbating this negative image. And the industry can’t escape the numerous blog posts by injured workers soured on the treatment they have experienced under the workers’ compensation system. Yet, there really are success stories and other vignettes and tales where workers’ compensation did work, where people did recover and were provided all that the law allows, and more. So how does the industry put its best foot forward? How do we, as a community, show the world that workers’ compensation can do, and does, good things? How should we respond collectively against negative press and encourage positive media relations? What will satisfy the critics as to the no-fault benefits provided under any workers’ compensation system?” – DePaolo’s World

“We should also be castigating those that engage in this kind of nonsense.”

“How about a little dignity? How about treating a PERSON like a PERSON? How about getting rid of these stupid, asinine rules that get in the way of good claims (heck – people) management?”


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Linda Ayres
  1. What else? Oh dear, it appears that more of the real issues of WorkCompsterisms are being revealed.


What would Dr. Freud or Dr. Bruce Leckart have to say about these further quotes:


 “….And we shouldn’t sugar coat the workers’ compensation story either.” “When my son began adolescence, I literally hit him in the head with a box of condoms and told him my two golden rules: don’t be a dumb arse, and beware the power of female genitalia (I used more profane adjectives…).”

 “That lesson was reinforced from time to time with similar provocative, yet effective, communications….”

Linda Ayres

But wait! There’s more!

 “…We can start with the various organizations that communicate regularly with at risk demographics, like AARP.”

 “Hit them in the head with the proverbial box of condoms…”

Too much time in the rads? Yikes… People are being butchered and abused and impoverished by WorkComp nationally, and the industry spokes peeps seem to think it is a joking matter… hmmmmm 

Will Michael Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes do an encore to the 2015 INSULT TO INJURY and expose more on the improprieties that continue thru SSA and SSDI… 
Is anybody else seeing the patterns unfolding? Read a little more on POST-WORK-COMP SURVIVAL and the Battlefields of #SocialSecurity in the most recent blog on 
AskAboutWorkersCompGravyTrains.com — “Can Legal Aid Save Social Security?” DOES CONGRESS REALLY BELIEVE THAT? DO YOU? 
 Remember Remember, ‘It didn’t start with the gas chambers…’ 
 #DodgeTheRads – Have a nice day!
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SEE MORE ON THE INJURED WORKER PERSPECTIVE AT MY WORK COMP COACH,  SHARE YOUR WORKCOMP STORY HERE (It will be rendered anonymous, for your protection for dangerous elements of the industry.)

Peruse some of the titles from the Non-Industry Blog…

Ask About Workers’ Comp Gravy Trains


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stupid you have the right to remain

#OccupyVirtually #StayOuttaTheStreets   Ask About  Your Radiation This Week 


Insurance Industry Trolls or WorkComp Opiate War Casualties?

Disparaging Disinformationists Got You Down! Forgitaboutit!

#OccupyWorkComp #OccupyVirtually #DodgeTheRads and #BoycottCompLaude2016 – YOU KNOW WHY



Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains

Tinkerbell and opinions and insults

Oh goodness! That alleged ‪#‎WorkComp‬ “long time activists” gang says they are banning me and removing me from their email distributions lists forever, but gosh golly, they keep sending me emails saying they’re really gonnna do it now, and I better look out! D’oh.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DO NOT WALK QUIETLY IN THIS OPEN AIR AUSCHWITZ….. AND ASK ABOUT THE WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS…..and where those box cars stop at the end of the line. https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/

Sadly, they either have Langley 401(k) accounts, have just blown a promotion for a failed attack on an injured worker, or are simply casualties of the #WorkComp Opiate Wars on Injured Workers. They couldn’t be working for CNA, could they? Naaaaaah….the timing and stupidity makes it plausible, but deniable.

Their “leaders” do seem to have long time insurance industry connections. Hmmmm. The attacks are text book out of The Rules of Disinformation and The 8 Traits of…

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Ask About Workers’ Compensation National Discussions – Gravy Trains and My WorkComp Coach?

What happened so far?

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Workers Compensation NATIONAL DISCUSSION that includes Voices of Injured Workers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Assume Responsibility

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.
Even after being adjudged fraudulent themselves…
If your opinion opposes their’s, then crucifixion and burning at the stakes begins and doesn’t stop until the witches are excoriated.
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?


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  • Darren Fonzseau has left a new comment on your post “Assume Responsibility”:

    Possibly the one’s who need to “accept the responsibility”are the profiteers conspiring and stacking the legislative, economical, and judicial deck, against the injured workers grand bargain, for profits to start with?
    And the Nationalization of workers comp is not offering a solution? And lets go down militant road. I would say the man in Neveda who shot the work comp adjuster, was the one being militant. I would say Dr.s & insurance co’s who maim and deny for profit are being physically and economically militant. I would say industry mouth pieces, who arm themselves with guns and bullets, and feel the need to blog about that fact, are being militant. Out of fear of the injured they like to ridicule for voicing their valid solutions. Injured workers who blog and call out the bad players, for who they are, are not militant, but exposing those who conspire to harm for profit. Injured workers (are) offering solutions, just NOT OPT OUT!, but Single Payer as a solution. A Solution that folks who profit off the industry do not want to hear. And if the solution does not align with the conservative cost containing capitalist, then the injured workers trying to have their voices heard are shunned and labeled as militant. Just because the majority of sheep bow down and accept the abuse of their oppressors, does not mean we all have to. You yourself have reported on the injustice in workers comp, yet your answer for the abused are to learn to just accept an endure the abuse of their oppressors.
    Its not just the injured workers offering single payer or Nationlized care as a solution, but many other labor activists as well.The injured are offering solutions, just folks in the profiteering industry do not want to hear, nor agree with a solution that folks can not profiteer off. Brain Labor Report 2-24-2016 – State of workers compensation http://www.kskq.org/index.php/127-brain-labor-report/3902-brain-labor-report-2-24-2016-state-of-workers-compensation

    The injured, especially the non catastrophic ones, are being bullied and cost contained out of their grand bargain, you know this, and yet your suggestion is to just find a way to accept it, and learn to endure what the profiteering capitalist “GODS” have dealt us. So would you tell the spouse of domestic abuse to just learn to accept what their abusers is doing to them as well? Just because their spouse is more profitable, and powerful than those they are abusing? Is it the folks in the industry labeling the abused who are crying out about the abuse, as radical, crazy, or militant, just what the abusers in domestic relationships do to those they victimize? The injured workers are getting organized, and are doing more than just blogging to have our voices heard, and to expose the abuse of an industry that has ran amok, all for profits.
    How Workers Compensation Bully’s Injured Workers.

    [Read More by Darren Fonzseau on LinkedIn…  “Fighting for the Grand Bargain and the rights of injured workers” ]

    Posted by Darren Fonzseau to DePaolo’s World at May 10, 2016 at 3:55 PM

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  • Thanks for making my point Darren.

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  • Thank you for the censorship of the injured workers points of view, as well. I don’t know why you fear what injured workers have to say on the matter. What is it about our solution of SINGLE Payer, that scars you so much? All’s you did is make the injured workers point as well, that those in the industry that blog about it, are part of the problem, and do not want to hear the real solutions the injured have to offer.

  • Record straight – I (David DePaolo) did not remove or censure any reply to this post. Darren removed those himself (“This comment has been removed by the author” references the author of the comment, not the author of the blog).

  • David…you are so right, as I too have been attacked by the very person whose comments you removed. Derangement is in the air not only in politics, but elsewhere. Attacking a research organization out of New England that has nothing to do with injuring workers is a sign of derangement. Conversely, so too is attacking annual meetings of another organization that collects data for the industry to use. My writing has always been about speaking up for all workers injured on the job, including the ones who have been most harmed by bad actors. But the flammers are not the only ones who do harm. Those with big titles in the industry who ridicule new ideas, no matter how far fetched and outside the box, or border it is have also done harm by insisting that real change is not possible, so we just have to be content to keep doing the same things over and over again, and expect different results. Given what many of our fellow bloggers have written about the transition work comp is going through, it is clear that in the future, it won’t really matter what either side says, there won’t be work comp anymore, just one silo — health care.


  • Deranged or not? I have been invited by one of my State Senators to share my passion’s and views on the plight of the inured workers, before our humans rights commission. Possibly if our system is making folks “deranged?”, it is broken and harming the very folks its there to supposedly help to start with. And the only injured workers you have blogged about, are a couple of the very same injured workers, David is also chastising here today. And just for the record, David only censored one of my comments, it was I who removed all the rest. Have you been invited by any of our nations leaders,to speak at any of the human rights commissions on the injured workers plight? I didn’t think so. Possibly your not “Deranged” or out raged enough about the harm being done to the injured workers, all for profits of a few, for our leaders to care about what you have to say on the issue. Just saying. Possibly it was a derange workers rage, that got Sen. Sanders and the other nine Senators to speak up about the harm happening to injured workers to start with. U.S. Lawmakers Call for More Oversight of Workers’ Comp https://www.propublica.org/article/lawmakers-call-for-more-oversight-of-workers-comp
    Of course I wouldn’t expect any of the industry bloggers to report on these facts, that our Senators are worried about the same issues, that the so called militant injured workers are trying to get exposed. Are these US Senators “Deranged, and militant as well? For suggesting Single payer that would get rid of the profiteering insurance cartels? Hmm? I wonder.

  • 1 of 3 comments: Hi David, We have turned to you in the past because you seemed to be one of the few people in workers compensation who are willing to acknowledge “the bad actors”, the fraud perpetrated by employers and others.
    Don’t take this wrong, David, but I wasn’t surprised. Not because I believe in what you have written about injured workers but because I thought that the industry “actors” would pressure you or that you would feel pressured to lash out in writing against some of the injured workers who are blogging, expressing themselves in what seems to be the only avenue we have. I believed that you would take this path for self-preservation within the industry or to help an industry that, as you wrote in the past, one of the industry vendors said to you, “David, you know that this {industry is dirty}”.
    I think that you already know this. We, injured workers, have taken other steps, many other steps. Those steps include contacting law enforcement who refuses to take any complaints against those in the WC industry who are committing crimes against injured workers including heinous crimes of maiming, essentially assault and battery of injured workers during WC medical procedures. Not only myself, but other injured workers have contacted Governor’s, including Jerry Brown’s office, Senators, Congressmen, Assemblymen, district attorney’s offices, news media, ProPublica, etc. We seem to have exhausted all ideas, thus, are left to write about our experiences if nothing else, but to warn the public.
    Some of us are in chronic pain not only because we were injured at work but, as in my case, I was systematically maimed by workers compensation “network medical providers”. My phone has been tapped since shortly after I filed a workers comp claim and still is tapped. My e-mails and computer hacked. I have been OVERTLY aggressively stalked, intrusions into my home several times, tainting of food and refreshments including ice-tea in my refrigerator, WC documents stolen out of my home INCLUDING a receipt from the DIR for the 84 pages of Exhibit’s that I turned in for trial, medical history stolen out of my home, camera lens finder gone from my home, my dog has been poisoned, my car vandalized several times, electronics in my home stop working, I was systematically and brutally maimed during workers comp medical procedures in particular the last lumbar ESI wherein I was brutally forced under anesthesia against my advance directives and maimed from my skull down to my tailbone no doubt out of some depraved strategy on the part of the defense, documents including my anesthesia paperwork have been falsified, I have been refused copies of documents at medical providers, I have been refused items that I have requested since January 2014 including a taped phone interview that I was recently informed is maybe missing, medical tests both inside and outside of workers comp falsified and much more. A workers comp investigator showed up at a medical visit outside of workers compensation and they cooperated with her!


  • 2nd of 3 comments:
    I have repeatedly tried to get law enforcement, DIR, DWC, WCAB, and many others to help but to no avail. I have spoken to “applicant attorneys” who have informed me that what I have experienced “happens” to injured workers. One medical provider who used to work in the workers comp system said to me, “You have to be corrupt to survive in this business.”
    According to the “National Center for Victims of Crimes”, the campaign of crimes and harassment that I endure actually has a name – It is called “group stalking” aka “organized stalking”. I have since found out that these campaigns of crime are perpetrated against injured workers (as well as non-injured workers) by law firms, employers and insurance carriers, etc. The strategy is meant to destroy the person who is the target in several ways that include financially, physically, professionally, personally and mentally. The next step is to then lure the injured worker into a psych evaluation wherein yet another falsified medical report will be issued that indicates that the injured worker is delusional or mentally ill. A “well oiled machine” that I understand has been utilized for a long time to destroy the credibility of the injured worker.
    Injured workers are left to advocate for each other. I write about what I am going through to warn other injured workers. I approached a well known applicant attorney here in CA, shared with him what I was enduring. I asked him to join with me and other injured workers to mandate a “Disclosure Warning to Injured Workers” that would warn injured workers and hopefully, subsequently, the nation, of the pervasive fraud, corruption, crimes and strategies that are commonplace in the WC industry. He said, and I quote, “We have enough trouble trying to get medical treatment for our clients.” Well, medical treatment is not what some of us received or are receiving when we were sent to physical therapy and surgery centers.
    Take responsibility, your title says. Well, the fact is, we are. We seemed to have exhausted what should be agencies that should avail themselves to help us. We’ve learned that insurance corporations, law firms and employers have extraordinary powers.. that they can commit crimes with impunity with others who are either colluding with them against injured workers or who are just as concerned about becoming the victim of “organized stalking”. I am assured, it’s about the money!!! Therefore, we are, like WC industry “actors” do, writing down our experiences, our points of view / observations and our warnings to other innocent injured workers / human beings.


3rd of 3 comments: Can you lend a pro-active hand and tell us, how do we get help from an industry that is driven by money that only the employer and insurance carrier has? Even the Judicial system in the WC industry is corrupt which, to my surprise, is no big secret within the industry! I’m told that the money that goes to district attorney offices throughout the State of CA is actually funded by the insurance industry! No wonder insurance carriers and their operatives aren’t the focus of crime within the WC system. District Attorney’s offices are focused on who is committing crimes to the disadvantage of the insurance carrier only, or so it seems. Going so far, I read, as participating in “malicious prosecution” of injured workers.
I have seen even the WCAB employees protect the defense in my WC claim. The Judge herself removed a two page document from my 84 pages of exhibits that I rendered before the trial and replaced it with a document that the defense attorney handed her at the meeting we had JUST BEFORE THE TRIAL. She asked me questions before the trial, about my documents as the defense attorney sat there and listened. It is my opinion that he realized that he shouldn’t put the HR Mgr. of the company where I once worked (was fired from less than 3 months after filing a workers comp claim) on the stand because he was then aware of where my line of questioning her was going. Then, Judge Gordon called me to the stand first. I learned after I was denied the right to present my side of the case, to speak on the exhibits that I submitted, tht the defense attorney decided not to call her. I had no money to pay the $40.00 plus mileage to call her as the witness so I intended to “cross examine” her. I can thank Judge Gordon of the Anaheim WCAB.
“Conspiracy” you say? I’ve heard that word several times from people within the workers comp system including during a phone call that I made into the WCAB I&A dept. as I was looking for help. It was also used by Judge Gordon as she questioned during the trial. It seems to be utilized to diminish the injured workers observations as they express their experiences and talk about fraud, corruption and perhaps crimes related to their workers comp claim – topics that you and other industry bloggers write too. I find that “interesting”. Perhaps, we as injured workers, should consider a tactic such as using the word “conspiracy” when the insurance carrier or employer whines about fraud that is minuscule in comparison.
If there are only a few “bad actors” then I and many other injured workers keep meeting them. How do injured workers “take responsibility” for the corrupt actions of others? I doubt that there are only a few. I would add that their powers have proven effective as we seek medical help even outside of the WC realm.
Regarding the blogging that a few injured workers (not myself) wanted recognition for… what was the harm in politely recognizing their efforts that are meant to help protect other injured workers?
I wish you the very best Mr. DePaolo, I truly do.


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