#WorkCompCentral #CompLaude Gala Awards #InjuredWorker category Nominee and Finalist with TBI…. Oh My! Huh?!
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This blog, ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS, is an example of what can happen when a corporation has a policy of …
Don’t call 9-11, don’t drive a head-injured worker to a hospital or emergency room, have a good laugh at the fall in a sales meeting, encourage completing work shift then driving 20 miles down an icy-mountain road then 40 more miles of desert 2-lane road to get to “go to any doctor that takes work comp insurance” and provides an incomplete DWC-1 form (no insurance carrier info; then emails later with a list of providers that no longer accept work comp insurance and demands to cease seeing the doctor seen on date of injury; defense firm later insists said action is “proper service” of an alleged ‘MPN’), no-get-well-wishes, no follow up, erroneous info, reliance on EAP to facilitate first doctors (shifting burden to health insurance vs work comp carrier) (then adjuster has extensive phone conversation with EAP designated doctor regarding severity of injuries and shortly thereafter terminates benefits, stiffing said doctor for 4 appointment payments also), no intervention to help an injured worker for nearly 3 years, no participation in FEHA interactive process, no apparent return to work program–with or without ADA accommodations, “the silent treatment” if pro-active nearly destitute injured worker is the only attendee at a corporate public JOB FAIR in an attempt to facilitate “RTW,”
Further policies appear to include introduction of injured worker to the State Welfare Systems and the generosity of charitable organizations such as THE SALVATION ARMY because of failures to provide medically necessary treatment for ‘going on 3 years’ and refusing to pay disability benefits, causing loss of professional credentials and complicating work injuries because of failures to provide immediate, reasonable and necessary medical care and shifting all burdens of the WorkComp policy benefits to others….
Defense firm attempted to coerce first year premature Settlement, without repeatedly requested brain injury evaluations and treatments, for $100k less attorney fees, that required full release of all liability, it required resignation from job, forfeiture of any/all State disability/Medicare benefits for “3 years” with callous disregard for life itself. File appears to have been churned churned churned repeatedly. Injured worker is out of pocket nearly $30,000, for self-procuring physician requested treatments and evaluations that the insurance carrier or and defense firm denied repeatedly until the new law, when the buck could be further passed on ‘non-recommendations’ for treatment by non-brain injury experts.
District Attorney indicated the complaints “have merit”….but that was quite a while ago. EEOC asked why the brain-injured worker waited so long to complain. One lawyer, after repeated attempts to find competent legal representation, after file review, concluded with the question, “So why did you wait more than 2 years for medical care for a brain injury?” D’oh!
IF THAT’S WORK COMP, WE, THE INJURED WORKERS SAY…. NO THANKS TO THOSE WHO PLACE “PROFITS BEFORE LIVES”
Earlier in 2014, the State Adult Protective Services intervened in response to complaints of financial terrorism compounding the failures to provide medical treatment for, at that time, over two years.
Ask About Brain Injuries and “Perseveration” of pen, words, thoughts and neuro-misfirings; for those in #WorkComp who do not know, the “brain” is a body part located in the head region. A witnessed slip and fall “backwards” on ice only has the “skull” to break the fall; see illustration:
We applaud David DePaolo and his Colleagues, Staff and Organization for Initiation and Continuation of the CompLaude Awards Gala! That’s pretty gutsy, and the impact must be far reaching! Thank you for the privilege of being considered in the InjuredWorker category, and if we can be of any assistance to make it a National, then an International Search for Nominations in the future, let us know.
#InjuredWorkersUniting…… WE’LL KEEP BETTER TRACK OF THE GOOD GUYS & GALS IN THE FUTURE, and become some of the Top Contributors to the Nominations Processes.
Like sages of old used to say, ‘FIND THOSE WORKING TO MAKE IT A KINDER, GENTLER NATION AND STRENGTHEN THEIR HANDS’
WE’LL DO MORE LATER. THERE WERE SOME TIME WASTING DISTRACTIONS AND HEATED ALLEGATIONS FOR AN INJURED WORKER TO CONSIDER PARTICIPATION IN AN “INDUSTRY” EVENT SUCH AS #CompLaude nominations and nominees FROM A SMALL GROUP OF ANGRY INJURED WORKERS –CONCERNED ABOUT THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF WORKCOMP AND MORE—WHEN ASKED TO SHARE THEIR STORIES FOR A NEW INJURED WORKER BLOG THAT WAS INTENDED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT. OH WELL. THEY BLEW IT AGAIN! CARPE DIEM, Y’ALL.
THE SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACKS APPEARED TO BE FROM AGENT PROVACTEURS ATTEMPTING TO DERAIL ALL EFFORTS TO FIND THOSE HELPING –NOT HURTING– and thereby possibly extending lives IN THE WORK COMP USA PROCESSES.
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. SO DO WE. “SMFH. TTFN”
Remember about PIMM patsies. Forget about BS of “establishing trust”. The first thing PIMM destroys is trust and you need to be aware that he tries to entice your weaker colleagues to spy on you. In such environment a weaker personalities often adopts the role of patsy as a self-protection mechanism and might even comply and even try to provoke you to “frank talk” that will be reported to PIMM. The environment PIMM creates is characterized by old Latin quote “Homo homini lupus est” ( Man is a wolf to his fellow-man.) They build up a power base and because they are paranoid, they turn all subordinates into paranoia wrecks: everyone becomes afraid of everyone else and the work culture begins to reflect the personality of the leader. Team soon became resemble a pack of frightened dogs. See more here: http://www.softpanorama.org/Social/Toxic_managers/Communication/rules_of_verbal_self_defense.shtml
by The You Look Great Project Byler; 6 videos; 894 views; 55 minutes. Parts One through Six. ‘”You Look Great!” Inside a Traumatic Brain Injury’, tells the story of …
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In October 2014, I enrolled in the Coastline ABI program. Without TTD benefits and LTD benefits, the way to continue participation in this one-to-two year program remains an unsolved mystery. A “Go-Fund-Me” fundraising event within the Timeshare and TBI world may be necessary if Wyndham and it’s agents continue to shirk legal and moral responsiblities.
SEE ALSO HOW CALIFORNIA IS LEADING THE WAY AT:
COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY PROGRAM
Imagine your skill set is some sort of elaborate Lego structure you use daily. Suddenly, something completely unforeseen happens and your structure crumbles. Some pieces have even gone missing. But you need the structure in order to function in your everyday life. So, you start to rebuild… (read more : view the blog archive)
Watch the ABI Program Student Video
What Is the ABI Program?
Coastline’s ABI Program is a demanding one-year educational program designed to provide structured cognitive retraining for adults who have sustained a brain injury due to traumatic (such as a motor vehicle accident or fall) or non-traumatic (such as a non-age-related stroke, brain tumor or infection) injuries.
Each year, according to the Brain Injury Association, more than 700,000 Americans sustain brain damage from traumatic head injuries alone. Most are between the ages of 15 and 30 – young, active, involved individuals, suddenly and unexpectedly disabled.
In many cases, impaired attention and concentration, memory disturbances, language disabilities, and/or loss of reasoning skills prevent these individuals from resuming even minimal pre-accident activities. Awareness of limitations and shattered career and personal goals lead to frustration and depression, further contributing to the individual’s unemployment, isolation and alienation from friends, family and community.
Coastline’s ABI Program has developed a unique curriculum to address these special needs. The ABI Program emphasizes cognitive retraining, socialization, and career development to promote individual responsibility and independence. Students in the program learn strategies to compensate for deficits in:
With a strong focus on emotional adjustment to brain injury and appropriate psycho-social skills, the program teaches students to apply these skills to practical, real-life home and work environments.
Coastline’s ABI Program also offers the following program support services:
Counseling for students and their families
“Future Planning Development” (whether for employment, training, or volunteering).
Classes meet Monday through Thursday, four hours per day. The school year includes two 16-week semesters and a five week summer session.
Classes are held at Coastline’s Newport Beach Center, 1515 Monrovia, Newport Beach, CA 92663.
How a Company Does One Thing, Is How They Do Everything?
And if you are the Offending Defense Firm or any of the questionable WorkComp Providers in this case that have also contributed to the harm and further injury of other #InjuredWorkers, please and thank you, consider some restitution via contributions to COASTLINE ABI FOUNDATION.
If my case ever settles, I will ask the Judge to ensure that the 4 law firms who took on my case [#1-30 days, #2-9 months, #3-90 days, #4-45 days (duration times are approximate)]….clearly without any knowledge of handling a Brain Injury Case, did cause further egregious harm and any with liens should be provided with an equal share of 15% of the NOTHING THEY PRODUCED. Sanctions would be appropriate, but not likely.
The Judge, with Structured Settlement recommendations, will also be asked to designate the actual “15% legal fees’ to be given to the Coastline ABI Foundation, in lump sum or settlement arrangement.
The Judge will also be asked that the insurance carrier, that was awarded approximately $16,000 by the State of California in 2014, EDD department, for REFUSAL TO PAY TTD to injured worker in 2012/2013 DONATES A LIKE OR GREATER AMOUNT FROM CORPORATE PROFITS TO COASTLINE ABI.
Very interesting book keeping practices of all parties. Wyndham remains silent.
Investigations into the practice of using injured worker or State Taxpayer funds to reward insurance companies for breach of fiduciary responsibilities and breach of Labor Codes surely deserves further investigations, even though it appears to be another ‘pattern of practice’ known by all, harming only the injured workers it impacts.
To the Insurance Company Dude who asked, among other things, “…when ARE you going to die?” in a discussion of refusals to provide medically necessary treatment for nearly 3 years, all I can say is, “Not yet, Dude, not just yet.”
TriageNow, a WorkComp phone nurse group was recently stumbled upon and we suggested they contact Wyndham since Wyndham’s staff are clueless on how to handle a worker injury. They are following on Twitter now. https://twitter.com/LindaAyres311
LinkedIn is proving to be a great place for outreach, and I keep making it to the top of the Wyndham stats. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaayres311 Maybe for YOUR level of investigative reporting, you can work in an interview with some Wyndham key executives?
Could I pretty please ask your opinion on some questions to ask of other injured workers? What is it that YOU believe is needed to reach professionals in the work comp community, who are not party to the atrocities that are happening everyday, everywhere? Do you have a list of standard questions?
If you can’t, no worries, We’ll take another route, and thank you again for your consideration.
We will ask some of my friends and injured worker pals for their stories, and we will render them anonymous, so that they can be shared and explored without emotions. (see email thread below)
We (me and a few Injured Friends and Warriors) hope to have a new website up and running before the WorkComp Laude Awards Gala, and we would like to have a questionnaire Survey available to facilitate further communications.
One particular e-group of ‘radical’ and “outspoken” and “knowledgeable” injured workers deals with the unconstitutionality of WorkComp in California, and a variety of other whinings about the government collusion with the insurance company bad guys. Kaiser, State, Sedgwick, CNA…a bunch of big names involved. All have had poor experiences with InjuredWorker legal representation, much like my challenge with incompetent counsels.
As we know, that saves no lives, and merely adds to profit margins for the few. Many have been fighting in the system for 10-20 years. Yikes, that’s unfathomable to me. The moment I saw the real deal and got more of marbles back, the faster I wanted out. Looks like that won’t be happening, so I will kick and scream and expose to expunge, till death do us part.
When I told that particular e-group about the Comp Laude nomination as an Injured Worker, omg, the dirt started flinging, calling me an ‘industry hack’ and worse… Sadly, many have been in the “system” for 10-20+ years, and some seem to be casualties of the opiate drug wars conducted by work comp as well.
I had tried to have coffee with one (having had a lengthy phone conversation in the summer listening to the work comp sad tale, unable to get in a word edgewise). I was going to see about extending an invitation to the 12/6/14 Gala, and omg, all hell broke lose….I won’t be in touch with them anymore, jeeeze! It was like dealing with defense counsels or I & A agents. Learned Helplessness, Institutionalization and being a “Victim” is apparently a real consequence of ‘doing time’ in WorkComp in America.
There are many injured workers groups on social media, quietly fighting for their lives. Some not even telling their friends and neighbors of the horrors of fighting for basic medical care and basic temporary disability benefits or “incapacitation” benefits. There is no reason to put up with suspected agents of disinformation; we injured workers have our hands full dealing with defense counsels, insurance companies, their owned doctors etc. and work comp judiciaries etc.
WE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, AS INJURED AND ABUSED WORKERS OF AMERICA OR ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET.
[They even accused me of not having a brain injury at all…. and made me wonder who THEY worked for…..I didn’t even read half of their emails…D’oh…. Talk about mean-spiritedness! If I didn’t have a brain injury, there is no way I would be in this mess, imho.]
DePaolo’s blogs are excellent, but the ‘fraud factors’ seem real hard to grasp, from an insider perspective. It’s crystal clear as a “victim of WorkComp”…. I haven’t counted how many doctors have applauded my big mouth and said, “Somebody’s got to do it” as they eliminate injured workers from their portfolios.
I changed my Orthopedic regular 45 day visit from December 5 so that I can be rested for the December 6th experience. The doctor’s office was THRILLED to hear that I was nominated as a finalist for the CompLaude Awards. She said, “Tell how how bad things are. They need to hear someone. Your case should have been gone a long time ago!”…. and she knows how hard they have fought to try to get me to a brain injury specialist. They couldn’t even get me to a neurologist. D’oh.
I thanked her and giggled and said, “I’m a finalist, but politically speaking, I don’t think they can dare to let me win.”….. But it is still an honor and opportunity, which I take seriously.
Here’s the response I sent to that private injured worker e-group, in response to their hope that Ralph Nader will save them. D’oh. [They called it self-serving, so, it’s sort of a no-win situation dealing with hammered, drugged and chemically poisoned Prisoners of WorkComp….whew ] Anyhow,
If any of it strikes a chord and you want to share your thoughts informally to give it more structure, and more reach to your peeps, please send me an email or leave me a voice mail. (and no, I won’t plaster your email all over the internet as I was morally required to do with the CNA question, “….Tell me, Linda, when ARE you going to die?”
I think CNA bought Wyndham some more legal challenges with that one…. seems to violate some EEOC Civil Rights laws that the Courts seem to be holding employers liable for bad deeds of their vendors. I”m investigating further.) ;D
Subject: Re: Nader
“We ARE the media now” …..working like Antz, telling our friends and neighbors about #WorkComp atrocities.
(If you forward my comments to your friends, please be respectful of others in the thread and copy and paste to a new email for their privacy)
Did any of you have a chance to see my piece in this blog and listen to the 3 minute audio of the dude from CNA insurance asking, among other things, “So, tell me Linda, when ARE you going to die?”. Yes, its recorded and all over social media.
Each of you are welcomed and encouraged to follow these blogs for updates.
I reached out to one of you recently to meet for coffee and I got a polite “can’t”… It wasn’t a social call.
Are you kidding me??! If y’all can’t bother to explore new opportunities, you’ll die whining.
Somebody else in this group said my posts may be pretty but they are useless. Fine. Block me.
WE are the Media Now. Ain’t nobody gonna help us, so we need to find new strategies.
WorkComp activism can be quite like “anti-nuke” activism……heavily infiltrated and hell bent on keeping people running in square circles, diefying paid mouth-pieces.
Re-read the common wisdom of “the 25 rules of disinformation” and the 8 traits of disinformationists”
Let me know if you get any insights or can share them with your friends and lawyers.
Stay tuned. More coming up, including but not limited to a new website.
If you are interested, send me a 500-700 words general summary of your story….date of injury, extent of injuries, all diagnosis, treatment, complications, pay, ever return to work, on social security, represented now? How many attorneys, prospects for the future. Your age at injury, and age now?
Gender? Overall health today? Better or worse?
Working? What needs to happen for return to work, if an option.
We want at least ten stories to start with. Include employer name and insurer, if you care to. First rounds may be more general and nation and ANONYMOUS.
Write a conclusion to finish this statement:
“The worst thing is ________________________.””What helped me most was:____________________________________””What I want now is:_____________________________________.””The non-psychopaths of the WorkComp industry can best help me, and other injured workers like me, if they will _____________________________.”If I had an open mic and 2 minutes I would say _____________________________________ to (whom/what) ___________________”
Any groups you would recommend? Include their social media links: ________________________________________________
I usually use this hashtag in my posts:
If you are on social media, include those links too, if you choose to. If we are all following one another, any trolls will flloat to the top.
Favorite/most responsive sympathetic Journalist!? Provide email address and website:
Favorite industry blog(s): ______________________________________________________ (provide links)
If you want to participate, pleases send me your “story” so I can copy and paste by next Sunday.
Forward this to any of your pals, friends or enemies of injured worker, or direct them to the blog for a polished version soon, Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/