“I know, I know, I know – everyone hates lawyers.”
Who might be interested in a Virtual-Field-Trip to Facebook WorkComp Ghettos to see first hand stories of what Injured Workers are going thru right now, today, in the USA and beyond?
We’ll make it a full itinerary with stops at several of the FB Injured Worker groups and pages/stations….to help the Industry Thought Leaders grasp the harsh and horrible realities being faced in the fight for life of injured workers subjected to current WorkComp practices. Let me know if you’re interested. WorkCompLinda@gmail.com
Any special requests? Watch for the Blog next week! To quote a WC Judge on matters of obfuscation and chicanery, “This train has left the station…”
The Sedgwick Institute and the SI LinkedIn group may find some ideas worth implementing in this DePaolo’s World “Thoughts and Impressions on workers’ compensation and life” blog — and comment threads.
A young banker today asked ‘what’s a gravy train?’ giving way to discussion and points to ponder with his colleagues.
It was suggested that he immediately check with his Human Resources Department for details on the WorkComp policies and practices of his major bank. He knew well about the needs to begin retirement planning early, but admittedly never thought about a work place injury. He was encouraged to do more research, and discuss it with his friends and neighbors. A work place injury can be very career path and life-disrupting to an injured worker, and quite the gravy train for what some call “21st Century Sonderkommando” — Yes, Ask Siri!
How many people in the industry know cases that are more than 20 years old? What torture and abuses occur during such a time span?? How many dollars are laundered over the course, over how many unclean hands? Recently an industry article about California talked about Sedgwick again, caught offending again, shrugged, paid a few million and said they would monitor better (paraphrased.) Here’s the link:
Sedgwick pays $1.13 million to settle California comp violations
Another recent article talked about how Sedgwick takes the best financial care of it’s employees….. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU? Put on your cognitive thinking skills cap! YIKES!
If there was ever a time for class action, Sedgwick even looks like it might be in a position to clean up old cases and make them right. I will reach out to them directly and see if they will set up a hotline to take calls from long lost and botched cases, and I will contact media as well. You in or out?
WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHERE IS THE CAAA HOTLINE FOR OTHER SEDGWICK SIMILARLY ABUSED INJURED WORKERS TO RALLY IN CLASS ACTION? IF I GET ONE MORE CALL FROM ONE MORE INJURED WORKER OF THE SEDGWICK VARIETY CRYING ABOUT 20 OR SO YEARS OF ABUSE, BOTCHED SURGERIES, DENIED MEDICAL CARE, AND DEMANDS FOR WEANING OFF OPIATES WHILE THE CAUSES OF THE NEED FOR PAIN TREATMENT SUCH AS FOREIGN OBJECTS LEFT BEHIND IN BOTCHED SURGERIES,
WE MAY HAVE TO DEVOTE A SPECIAL SERIES TO SEDGWICK although they seem to represent the new normals, don’t they?
WE ALREADY KNOW THE NEED TO #Blog4TheCure – Romano Syndrome incited by the practices of this insurance carrier, which seems to have set the industry standard, huh?
Perhaps Darrell Brown and Kimberly George, both influencers at Sedgwick, will establish a direct HOT LINE for Injured Parties to reach out, whether or not they are represented. Perhaps they will establish a second HOT LINE for attorneys of old Sedgwick cases to reach out. Perhaps they will line up a HOT LINE for national, third-party MEDIATORS to get these cases to resolution, allowing the remaining days of injured workers to be without the terrors and pain and abuses that only workcomp can freely incite, without fear or caution, on the working classes.
Most applicant attorneys shamefully would apparently rather see an injured worker die than share case proceeds with someone who can get the job done —medical care and resolution — and imho, such parties should not profit for inability to protect their clients, and certainly should not stand in the way of resolution. My opinions on that crowd have never been …. sugar-coated. 20 years, c’mon!
Then, if PRO-ACTIVE HOTLINES happen, maybe investigative reporters can write something nice about work comp one of these days, instead of digging to find a story of someone who did something right once in workcomp. Corrective actions can then begin to embrace Social Security Disabilities and improprieties, that little cost shifting maneuver with many sticky little fingers all over it? All these things may, in the end, require hands-on Congressional interventions. What about Return to Work? What a concept, post-medical treatment?
There is lots of room for improvement and it doesn’t include ‘rising medical costs’ and from an accounting perspective, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS UPON EVALUATIONS UPON EVALUATIONS do not constitute medical care. Separate actual care from collusion to deny medical care, and the industry may find medical care costs are insanely low, to practically non-existent. Ask any injured worker, represented or not.
Obviously, applicant attorneys in every state are befuddled, puzzled, baffled and perplexed on how to protect injured parties. Perhaps Congress can be encouraged to encourage immediate establishment of a HOT LINE FOR AMERICA’S INJURED WORKERS SEEKING RESOLUTIONS, MEDICAL CARE, AND BASIC CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS. WE CAN HOPE. LET’S OPEN UP SOME HOT LINES, AND CONTINUE TO #Blog4TheWorkCompCure!
WHAT’S A GRAVY TRAIN?
Young, middle aged and old people are also urged by MyWorkCompCoach.com to check with their Human Resources Dept today to get the names of their WorkComp and Disability insurance carriers. Anytime you consider a new j-o-b, be sure to ask about the Workers Compensation carrier, practices and how many injured workers, statistically, ever return to work with their original employer, and at all? You might also inquire about the average duration of the company’s ‘typical’ work comp case, and if HR and management has any particular training in handling 911-emergency calls and workplace injuries. Particularly ask if they are forbidden from calling 911 or extending get well wishes! That may be telling!
Research them. Don’t wait till you’re hurt at work. At that point you have lost most all civil and human rights.
Without this info your career path can be derailed into oblivion and your life severely shortened!
Start Career, Retirement and Accidental #Work Injuries planning now! Failures can cost you your health, life savings, home, career path, and your life!
Ask any 40-somethings who have been fighting #WorkComp since theirs 20s and 30s….and can’t find competent legal representation or resolution to botched surgeries and more. Ask any 60-somethings about it!
You could be next! BE PREPARED! Ask better questions! Join the national conversation on Worker’s Comp atrocities, demolition and transformations! SURVIVE!
National Association Workers’ Compensation Judiciary ??
It’s a nice page on fb, check it out! Share it with your friends and neighbors.
It’s about “Employment, Independence & Equality” and is a Government Organization Social Services
See here for links to the blog with the Bad Faith and Unacceptable
Oversights Report and more.
#Blog4TheCure – #RomanoSyndrome #WorkComp #WOW
Thank you. For minor injuries, CA Dept of Rehab could and probably does help a few injured workers.
So many California injured workers are denied medical care so long that injuries are exacerbated, causing permanent disabilities and work becomes an impossibility. The Salvation Army is also kind when benefits are illegally interrupted and Injured Workers are left destitute. They can provide temporary assistance with utilities and directions to food banks. Legal Aid can also help unrepresented injured workers to a small degree, with State issues.
CA Dept of Rehab will not help those impacted by #Romano-Syndrome. Nothing seems to be able to help those impacted by #RomanoSyndrome.
Did you also read about the LA Chemical and Nuclear event in progress in YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK included in the blog? Do you also wonder how many people really grasp THOSE HEALTH DANGERS!
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS.
Talk about an IRRADIATED STATE! CA has VERY serious nuclear problems, with it’s nuclear workers and the dangerous to the unsuspecting public. Have you seen this McClathcyDC report?
The people in those videos won’t be returning to work!
Many WorkComp survivors can’t get out of bed, and few leave their homes, unless lost by foreclosure! Apparently Congress is looking into matters further. It’s about time, huh? The Congressional head count is nearing 20 now! Hooray!
Back to the Dept of Rehab thoughts:
IF Charles Romano had had, perhaps, stronger legal representation, he might still be alive and returned to his job at Ralph’s.
I know more cases on the verge of similar consequences, NATIONALLY.
We must #Blog4TheCure, imho.
It is understood that a legal association attempted to hold the adjuster and the insurance carrier in the Romano case accountable for the death of Charles Romano, unsuccessfully.
One attorney, who asked not to be named, told me that the post-death failed legal effort gave the ‘green light’ to the industry to deny medical care to all injured workers. Quite the win for the industry because the risk of a $100,000 fine for a death consequence is more cost effective, in many cases, than providing care and treatment. Quite the loss for the working class and for humanity itself.
Such atrocities are history repeating itself. Boxcars full of people were exterminated in WW2 and few raised their voices or hands to help. Church folks were said to sing louder as the boxcars of wailing prisoners rolled by enroute to the death kamps. Injured Workers often feel like such POW’s, with no place to turn for help.
So, if one Super Lawyer said that about the Romano case, how many others know or believe it to be true? More importantly, how many insurance industry carrier believe it, and profit grandly by it? The results in CA speak for themselves, although DIR paints a much prettier picture of it’s veneer of successes.
We anticipate full on Congressional Investigations into California’s WorkComp systems—top to bottom—- and some are fond of saying, in response to their October 2015 note to the Department Labor asking if more enforcement help is required, ‘YEAH! SEND IN THE NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA WORKERS! Casualties are rising!”
We need Injured Disabled Workers Associations, not unlike labor unions, but of The People, By The People, and For The People, in every state but with a focus to help Injured Workers maneuver and survive workers compensation as practiced today.
Many injured workers retain and dismiss 4 or 5 or even more attorneys, and end up self-representing in order to reach resolutions in order to ESCAPE WORKERS COMPENSATION. Many doctors and lawyers who left the work field will quietly tell any injured worker friend, ‘GET OUT OF THE SYSTEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!”.
How many cases roll on for years and years…. Even the attorney crowd must grow weary of the small ‘commissions’ made on their old cases, where nobody but the insurance company is left whole.
Many injured workers are directed to “Social Services” welfare, because insurance carriers refuse to pay TTD benefits and SSA can take years.
Most injured workers, so it seems, would return to work within weeks or months IF THERE WAS some process to get immediate reasonable and necessary medical care. Till we have a system like that, the WarOnWorkers will continue to cost lives of Americans across the nation, while the industry reaps grand profits.
Organizing injured workers into teams of bloggers, maximizing the use of the internet to let the truth be told, seems to be an important action item.
Forging links of communications and goodwill between WorkComp Industry players and Injured Workers, could serve to bridge some communication gaps, and Social Media Groups can fill that need…. sort of like Pen-Pals that keep Convicts connected to the world, e-pals could facilitate constructive change through sharing of information with influencers.
#InjuredWorkers must unite.
#InjuredWorkers must not remain silent.
…. and the internet levels the playing field and increases odds of surviving a work place injury. #Blog4TheCure! #DODGERADSNOW
Sidebar: “May I approach the bench?” Do all those California “Valley” attorneys know about the health consequences of the Los Angeles Chemical and Nuclear Disaster? Details in Your Radiation This Week No 39. Google and Share it with your smart friends and lawyers.
Can Congressional WorkComp Investigations lead to appropriate trials and Rx?
Can 54+ million Injured Disabled Workers “Blog for the Cure”successfully ?
Failures of attorney associations across America to protect Injured Workers for 50+ years leaves Congress, Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, the Unsuspecting Public and Injured Workers ‘puzzled, baffled, bewildered, confused, and perplexed!’
Are more “studies” the answer? What ACTIONS are required? Nuclear workers appear to experience brutal strains of Romano-Syndrome? Increasing numbers of Congressional representatives ‘circling the wagons?’ Will Los Angeles evacuate or just continue to extend and pretend there is no immediate danger?
Current treatments and work comp plans save dollars not lives! Furthermore , 20-30+ years of incapacitation seems to violate Geneva Convention guidelines for treatment of POW’s?!? What about Injured and Disabled Veterans?
It is Time for Domestic Torture Reports on Prisoners of the Corporate Wars on the Working Class!
One WorkCompster evaluating doctor suggests that Injured Workers take any Human Rights complaints directly to The Hague?!? Is that the best and only Remedy? Is he really saying WorkComp is an EPIC FAIL and a successful depopulation event? Well educated and highly credentialed doctor, so who’s to argue with such opinions and advice?
IMAGINE INJURED DISABLED WORKERS ASSOCIATIONS across America. Let’s start social media groups. Request to join. Even Defense Firm peeps may be tolerated, if well behaved. Let’s all get along and create resolutions.
Injured Worker attorneys may find support and tips to creative resolutions that may save lives and increase their apparent pay from $10/hr to perhaps $15. Those 10 to 20+ year cases suck, don’t they? Remember your oath and stop throwing disabled people “under the bus” please and thank you. Wake up or get lost.
Finding the hands of those working for change, and strengthening those hands. THINK THINK THINK
As long as Injured Workers remain silent, and fail to reach out to the ususpecting public, the maimings and deaths will mount.
Learned helplessness and Professional Victim-hood gotta go.
IMAGINE 54 MILLION INJURED WORKERS BLOGGING PROFESSIONALLY, NAMING NAMES, INCITING and supporting INVESTIGATIONS, AND HELPING ONE ANOTHER SURVIVE THE AMERICAN ATROCITIES WE ARE ALL FACING NOW…. “BLOG FOR THE CURE”
What can we do collectively to STAMP OUT ROMANO-SYNDROME and other fatal consequences of WorkComp practices? #BlogForTheCure
In a recent discussion with a War Veteran, discussing the War On Workers, I asked, “What are the instructions to military personnel receive if captured and a soldier becomes PRISONER OF WAR?” He referred me to “USMJ” “POW” section… I’ll blog on it soon…
Till then, HELP INJURED WORKERS FIND AN EFFECTIVE VOICE… Start here and keep moving…. #MicCheck Think locally * Act Globally #OccupyVirtually #DodgeRadsNow ONWARD!
“Tens of thousands of sick employees have been denied help “….
“The U.S. government has compensated over 52,000 nuclear workers illnesses related to radiation exposure, but the process is complicated. Deaths resulting from exposure while working at the plants and the compensation process for survivors begs the question: How much is a life worth?”
A recent DePaolo World blog shared another story with the same trend…..Profit Before People rather than the carrier paying for transitional living facilities at approximately $40K a month, likely with the help of some nasty pharmaceutical, that injured worker’s ‘suicidal ideations’ and attempts could save that carrier a bundle….. and have “Happy Shareholders”?? Yikes! See also Guilty Without Charge
And then there are the matters of:
“…This is just awful, folks. What it all means is it is time for people in LA and the San Fernando Valley to get out of town….” – Bob Nichols
YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK ….. an on-going series…check your proximity to the Highest Recorded Radioactive Cities in America this week, and see special section in YRTW No 39 on “Snowflakes and Radiation” and the ongoing “Los Angeles Chemical and Nuclear Disaster”
What would Sun Tzu or Master Sgt.Woods do in these times that try men’s souls?
“WorkComp Survival and Combat Skills” is in the works!
It might become a free e-book. Would YOU read it?
Scroll down to learn more about DU and Brains and Injured Military Personnel! Read and View more about YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK and:
“GI’s Brains Fried by Military Dispensed Nose Candy”
BACK TO INJURED WORKERS AND WORK COMP MATTERS (Military Personnel Are Injured Workers, too. Remember that as we go forward!)
The E-BOOK/COURSE title was going to be SURVIVING WORK COMP…..but that hardly sounds strong enough, does it?
#WorkCompChat: Brain Injury comes to some with a very surreal sense of time, space and sequence!
So, Hey, 4 years ago today I got the conk on the head at work…no dramatic story at point of impact, slipped on ice, fell backwards, conked my head real real hard…..
Now I are a not-employed disabled Writer/Blogger/Boomer, #WorkComp and #TBI#Concussion Survivor and Advocate for Injured Workers across America and beyond, a Southern California Rad-Survivor and still a friend of Lucy Occupy & Friends, and still an advocate that we #OccupyVirtually and #DodgeTheRads!
(WorkComp made it easier to #ShelterInPlace since the principle treatment was ‘rest and wait and wait and wait and wait and evaluate’ etc., and for that, I AM GRATEFUL.)
Revising my resume is on that darn list of things to do that gets bigger, not smaller, every day in every way!
#OccupyVirtually! It’s dangerous out there! #DodgeWorkCompsters!
Anybody ever hurt on the job knows the rest of the 4-year drama of WorkComp.
“The parties reached resolution subject to confidentiality agreement”
Many thanks to all of you who shared and discussed the blog, AskAboutWorkersCompGravyTrains.com over the course….we reached approximately 30,000 peeps, more on the drawing tables for 2016.
Many thanks to other TBI and WorkComp Survivors who lighted the path and provided signposts to maneuver to safety on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and yes, even in person!
Many thanks to all of your who shared direct and indirect encouragement. You are much appreciated. WE DO NOT…FORGET.
Let’s interview some of the INFLUENCERS and tell more stories about Injured Workers in America and beyond on our blogs…
Let’s see how we can save more lives of injured workers while we RESTORE CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS TO INJURED WORKERS NOW.
When I slipped and fell backwards at work, one of the guys, at the sales meeting afterwards, with little-to-no appreciation for my Fukushima postings and bloggings said, ‘ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, she has Fukushima radiation all over her!’…..
(I was covered in snow, head to toe, dazed, dizzy and confused…)
I used to tell the evaluating doctors, “Look, I’m injured not stupid!”
Fortunately for me, ‘the parties reached resolution, subject to confidentiality agreement’ late last year, with a few loose ends, so now I begin to rebuild my broken life.
So, people, life goes on. If you’re injured at work, prepare to FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE. FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS FIGHT ALONE. If I can help, I will help. WorkCompLinda@gmail.com WeAreTheMediaNow.com (site building)
Einstein reminds us that “THOSE WHO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW HAVE THE DUTY TO ACT.”
Yeah, I’m now privileged to know all about WorkComp in America. Um hmmmmm. Alrighty then.
LET’S CREATE AN ORGANIZATION — Starting with INJURED DISABLED WORKERS ASSOCIATIONS – USA aka IDWA – USA.
We might even get some smart lawyers with compassion and some corporations to participate….
IF WE CAN SAY IT, WE CAN CREATE IT. WE SHALL DODGE THE RADS AND WE SHALL OVERCOME!
I may see some of you at the upcoming Rancho Mirage #CAAA Winter Conference…. we’ll break bread and discuss the Art of War?
IN THE MEANTIME, #DodgeTheRads! It’s Dangerous Out There and Remember remember….
“(San Francisco) January 9, 2016 – Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States. You should compare the Rad numbers directly with the Rad numbers in with my articles listed on the VT Author’s Page here: http://www.veteranstoday.com/author/bobnichols/ or below. It is also linked to my name at the top on every article.” – Bob Nichols
I got to blog for 4 years straight, sometimes 24/7 when I couldn’t sleep, and other days/weeks all I could do was sleep…and #ShelterInPlace because of the workcomp system and practices, and for that, I am grateful. Editing can be an extreme challenge with brain injury….
Since ‘resolution’ of my case, I have secured more medical assistance and on-going wholistic care, and I am experiencing measurable improvements. “Fight or Flight” plays havoc with body systems, and the BRAIN controls all body systems.
I asked one doctor recently if I might be ‘fooling myself’ to think I may be able to return to some sort of gainful employment one day. (One doctor last year said I need to make plans for Assisted living in the not distant future! Yikes!) The new doctor gently suggested that I just keep doing what I’m doing, and see how health matters unfold this year. I told him I’m studying Social Media strategies and he smiled and said, ‘That’s nice. Don’t spend too much on learning such complicated things.’ 😀 (Without some executive functions, the nuances of social media can sometimes fly right over my head!)
If you get a brain injury, BE A SMART PATIENT. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, and ask friends to help you. It’s dangerous out there!
Remember Remember: MARCH IS BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH. IT’S ALSO FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS AWARENESS MONTH. #DodgeTheRads and Protect Your Brain!
NOTE: LISTEN UP!
GI’s Brains Fried by Military Dispensed Nose Candy